Claims Magazine-December 2004

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  • Interdisciplinary Bioaerosol Complexity

    Thomas E. Kos,ERMan

    The bioaerosol and mold claims that I have reviewed and handled have led me to believe that there is a need for further discussion and understanding of the issue.

  • House Subcommittee Examines Auto Repair Technology

    staff Writer

    The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protections recently held a hearing questioning whether 21st century technology is locking out consumers.

  • Spitzer Probe Worries Insurers

    staff Writer

    The New York Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, has launched an inquiry into insurance brokerage contingent fee practices.

  • PCI Members Identify Top 2005 Legislative Issues

    staff Writer

    Regulatory modernization, restrictions on cost-based underwriting, and extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act are the three most significant public policy issues facing insurers in 2005.

  • Global Warming Accelerates Hurricane Activity

    Staff Writer

    This year's unusually intense period of destructive weather activity could be a harbinger of what is to come as the effects of global warming grow even more pronounced, according to a briefing at the

  • New Scams Beset American Drivers

    Staff Writer

    As consumers and insurers become more sophisticated in their efforts to stop insurance fraud, those determined to defraud the system create new methods of doing so. The National Insurance Crime

  • Third-quarter Cat Losses Hit Record $21.3 Billion

    Staff Writer

    The third quarter of 2004 is the insurance industry's worst ever, with property and casualty insurers' facing a record $21.3 billion in insured property loss claims from eight catastrophes, according

  • Congress Approves Hurricane Relief

    Staff Writer

    In response to the disastrous hurricane season, Congress has approved two measures that would offer financial aid to Floridians. One provides $11.6 billion in disaster aid for damage caused by

  • FEMA Site Offers Recovery Information

    Staff Writer

    To further assist in the recovery efforts, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has enhanced its web site with a page dedicated solely to recovery information related to the hurricanes of 2004,

  • DMEC Updates Return-to-Work Manual

    Staff Writer

    The Disability Management Employer Coalition has released the latest edition of The Return-to-Work Manual: A Definitive Guide for Employers. The 175 page, step-by-guide to implementing a

  • Hurricane Adjusters Still Working Hard

    Staff Writer

    The 2004 Atlantic Hurricane Season was one of the busiest and most destructive in history, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. By the season's official end, 13 named storms had come

  • Appraisal 101

    Jeffrey C. Pellet

    When an insurance claim reaches the appraisal stage, the parties invariably brace for an adversarial experience, but it need not be one.

  • Ombudsmen Ease Governance Compliance

    Allen Church

    With the conviction and incarceration of America's most prominent CEO, Martha Stewart, it becomes incumbent on corporations of any size to make new governance arrangements.

  • Is Your Claim System Obsolete?

    Marcus Ryu

    Insurance, along with banking, was among the first industries to adopt information technology, back in the 1970s and early 1980s.

  • No-Fault's Effect in New York

    Dwight Geddes

    Several news services have been consistent in covering the indictments and investigations conducted in the fight against perpetrators of fraud.

  • Fighting Auto Insurance Fraud

    Seth Perlmutter

    For years, property and casualty carriers throughout the country have been honing their skills in the fight against fraud.

  • Infrared Finds Mold

    Chris Gerber

    Over the past few years, the number of negligence law suits against building owners and managers, contractors, and their insurers claiming personal injury or property damage from mold has exploded.

  • Give Me the Solution - I Know the Problem

    Phil Peart

    The never-ending challenge of fraudulent schemes and scams perpetrated by fraud artists and insurance cheats is a formidable obstacle confronting insurers, adjusters, investigators, and prosecutors each and every day.

  • Ejusdem Generis:

    Bruce Hillman, JD

    When I first came to the staff of The FC&S Bulletins, I was introduced to a number of insurance contract (policy) interpretative principles that underlie the basis of situational analysis for us

  • WCRI Analyzes Medical Costs, Utilization

    Staff Writer

    The Workers Compensation Research Institute recently released a new version of its reference book outlining benchmarks of medical cost, price, and utilization. The Anatomy of Workers' Compensation

  • FEMA Seeks Mapping Partners

    Staff Writer

    As part of its Map Modernization Plan, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking to increase local involvement in the flood mapping process. To meet this objective, FEMA has created the

  • Court Considers Repair Shop Law

    Staff Writer

    A trial questioning the state's insurer-owned repair shop law is being heard in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. In Allstate Insurance Company,

  • Rioux Heads Erie's Security

    Staff Writer

    Erie Insurance Group has appointed David Rioux assistant vice president and department manager, corporate security. Prior to joining Erie in 2001, Rioux worked for Nationwide, where he held a number

  • DOI Tracks Wildfire Complaints

    Staff Writer

    "This disturbing report, at the very least, demonstrates a systemic problem of underinsurance that is happening throughout the industry," said Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi. "At worst, it

  • Robson Lapina Adopts New Name

    Staff Writer

    Robson Lapina, a forensic investigation firm based in Lancaster, Pa., has changed its name to Robson Forensic. Founded in 1987, the firm offers multi-disciplined forensic investigation and

  • 2004: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

    Phil Schreiner

    Mostly bad and ugly, if you ask any Floridian! Check out the latest on the aftermath and clean-up/reconstruction in the Sunshine State and neighboring states, found in our Hurricane Chronicles, page

  • NAIIA Establishes Insurance Company

    Staff Writer

    The National Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters has created Claim Professionals' Liability Insurance Company to address a need to stabilize adjuster liability coverage costs. CPLIC offers

  • District Court to Hear Diminished Value Case

    Staff Writer

    In the case, Allgood v. Meridian Security Insurance Co., the appellate court held that the trial court erred in granting Meridian's motion to dismiss Allgood's claim for damages for failure to pay

  • NER, ARA Combat Equipment Thefts

    Staff Writer

    The American Rental Association and the National Equipment Register have created the ARA Insurance Services/NER Award to honor law enforcement officers or agents who have performed exceptional

  • Worn Rail Car Wheels Cause Losses

    Charles C. Roberts, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.

    It is not unusual for insureds to own private railroad sidings or turnouts as part of their industrial operations.

  • Attorneys Don't Necessarily Create Happier Claimants

    Staff Writer

    People injured in auto accidents who hire attorneys are less likely to be satisfied with their total payments than injured people who do not hire attorneys, suggests a recent study by the Insurance

  • Virginia Driver Wakes Up to Fraud

    Staff Writer

    After falling asleep at the wheel, Matthew Alther, of Harrisonburg, Va., discovered that the best time to buy full insurance coverage for a vehicle is before a crash, not after. While driving to work

  • Brentwood Services Names Claim Reps

    Staff Writer

    Brentwood Services Administrators, a brokerage firm in Brentwood, Tenn., recently added three senior claim representatives. Frank Cox, AIC, comes to Brentwood from Traveler's Insurance, where he had

  • AICPCU/IIA to Administer Professional Adjuster Exams

    Staff Writer

    The American Institute for CPCU and the Insurance Institute of America have signed a partnership agreement with the Society of Registered Professional Adjusters to administer the examinations for the

  • Zalma Examines Construction Defects

    Staff Writer

    The book contains citations to relevant statutory, regulatory, and judicial sources; checklists; information on identifying, and protecting against construction defects; and a section on alternative

  • Students Validate Driver Stereotypes

    Staff Writer

    Students are the most likely to have automobile accidents and speeding violations, according to a recent survey by Quality Planning Corp. Their lack of experience and low aversion to risk result in

  • Street Named DKI Marketing Director

    Staff Writer

    Summer Street has been appointed regional marketing director for Disaster Kleenup International, a network of independent property damage restoration contractors. Previously, Street was with the

  • Santa's Helpers Cause $1.1 Billion Vehicle Damages

    Staff Writer

    Nationwide, the total of deaths and damage caused by deer on roadways is 150 motorist fatalities and about $1.1 billion in vehicle damage, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway

  • Kulbrick Joins Crawford

    Staff Writer

    Crawford & Company has appointed Robert R. Kulbick senior vice president of its Risk Management Services unit. Kulbick has more than 15 years of industry experience, which includes owning an

  • PCI Elects Board Members

    Staff Writer

    Janice M. Abraham, president and chief executive officer of United Educators Insurance, and Bruce Camacho, president and chief executive officer of Assurant Solutions, recently were elected to the

  • British Send Uninsured Cars to Crusher

    Staff Writer

    In an attempt to control the numbers of uninsured drivers, the United Kingdom's Department for Transport has issued a set of proposals that includes allowing police to confiscate and destroy

  • Orange County Adjuster Surrenders on Fraud Charge

    Staff Writer

    Michael Anthony Green, a claim adjuster from Hawthorne, Calif., surrendered himself to Orange County authorities after a warrant had been issued for his arrest, and was charged with two felony counts

  • NASTF Forms Security Committee

    Staff Writer

    The National Automotive Service Task Force has formed a Vehicle Security Committee to address recent issues raised by automotive security professionals, including locksmiths and auto manufacturers.

  • UK Asbestos Deaths Rising

    Staff Writer

    The number of Britons dying from asbestos-related diseases is set to peak at around 2,000 a year during the next decade, costing the country ?8 billion to ?20 billion, the equivalent of $14.7 to

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