Claims Magazine-December 2006

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  • No Pain, No Gain

    Ken Brownlee

    Last month your resident image-smasher took a look at the bane of all auto claim adjusters, the low impact soft tissue (LIST) claim.

  • Vintage Vehicles Top Most-Stolen List

    staff Writer

    One starts to wonder about the collective intelligence when the 20-year-old Oldsmobile Cutlass starts showing up as the top car stolen in some states.

  • Third-Quarter Losses Take Nosedive

    Eric Gilkey

    This year's third quarter U.S. property/casualty insurance losses are expected to drop 98 percent from last year's record amount of $48 billion.

  • Time for New Shoes

    Derrick Amato

    The world of workers' compensation case management has not changed in design in more than a decade.

  • Speaking Of: 2006 Storm Season

    Eric Gilkey

    We last spoke with Dr. Steve Smith midway through the 2006 hurricane season three months ago, where he reassessed weather predictions and stated that the season would turn out to be an average one.

  • The Kitchen Sink Was Extra

    staff Writer

    No, this bus isn't an "after" photo from an episode of MTV's Pimp My Ride. Rather, it's the newest tool from Farmers Insurance Group to help policyholders settle their claims more quickly.

  • Deer and Loathing in Midwest

    Eric Gilkey

    The company's recently released statistics show that its policyholders were involved in 192,877 deer-related collisions from July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006.

  • Best Practices

    Staff Writer

    Recently, an insurance publication bestowed the honor of Risk Manager of the Year on Deborah Griffith, risk manager of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) near Dallas, Texas.

  • Understanding CGL Coverage

    David D. Thamann

    There has been a large increase in the amount of questions received recently by FC&S concerning the damage to property and work exclusions on the commercial general liability coverage form.

  • Salvaging the Bottom Line

    Daniel S. Parsley

    Old habits are hard to break, particularly in the insurance industry. But when old habits are negatively affecting the bottom line, many companies welcome change.

  • The Forensic Advantage

    Elliot L. Stern

    Perhaps due to the popularity of television shows that feature forensic medical doctors, archeologists, and scientists solving murder cases, the term forensic seems to have been inaccurately associated with death.

  • Insolvency Fund Reformed

    staff Writer

    Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney signed insolvency fund reform legislation that will create "a high-net-worth exclusion."

  • Allstate Faces Multiple Lawsuits

    staff Writer

    The law firm Gravely & Pearson filed the suits against Allstate Texas Lloyds, accusing the company of underpaying 400 policyholders in San Antonio.

  • Mass Appeal

    Phil Schreiner

    What's wrong with tradition? Nothing, unless following traditional practices and procedures are ultimately costing your insurance companies big money.

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