Claims Magazine-December 2007

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  • The Johnstown Flood of 1889

    Ken Brownlee

    Hurricane Katrina may have reminded us that those who are exposed to wave wash or flooding need to have federal flood insurance, but few have learned about the Johnstown Flood of 1889.

  • What Lurks Below

    John Brennan

    All environmental losses share common characteristics.

  • Smothering The Flames

    Eric Gilkey

    The recent conflagrations and subsequent damage in Southern California showed that natural catastrophes come in all different shapes, sizes, and elements.

  • Identity Fraud Crisis

    Susan L. Maloney

    A person doesn't know that his identity has been stolen just by looking in the mirror.

  • Fire Them Up Before Firing Them

    Staff Writer

    One key talent for effective claim managers lies in the ability to coach an under-performing adjuster or staff member.

  • Alternative Therapy Prevalent in Auto Injury Claims

    Staff Writer

    A study on alternative medical treatments has determined that in addition to chiropractic care, acupuncture and massage therapy are increasingly being utilized by auto injury insurance claimants.

  • Case Closed on Closing Costs

    Staff Writer

    A Kentucky resident who worked as a claim supervisor has been charged with three felony counts of insurance fraud after allegedly filing false insurance claims in the names of clients.

  • Speaking Of: Insurance Fraud

    Staff Writer

    Auto fraud can occur in many different forms, whether it involves vehicle cloning, owner give-up schemes, or inflated claims.

  • Another Katrina-Related Lawsuit Filed

    Eric Gilkey

    Louisiana's Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against several major insurance companies and third-party groups, alleging that they worked together to "deny, delay, and defend."

  • VIN Searching Offered for Stolen Vehicles

    Eric Gilkey

    In an effort to help insurance companies curb fraud, the National Insurance Crime Bureau has created a database that will let car buyers search for unrecovered stolen cars before buying.

  • Wildfire Claims Q&A

    Eric Gilkey

    When Katrina's wind v. water issues came to the forefront, Claims turned to attorney Jay Brown to clarify some of the judicial decisions and and implications.

  • Predictions From an Old Rip

    Ken Brownlee

    Rip Van Winkle, Washington Irving's 1820 tale attributed to old Diedrich Knickerbocker, tells of a rather lazy New York Dutchman named Rip who resided in the Catskills.

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