Claims Magazine-February 2005

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  • CPCU Unveils New Book

    staff Writer

    Don Hurzeler, president of the CPCU Society, recently published Designated for Success, intended to "inspire those in the insurance industry to strive for excellence."

  • Tort Costs Increase Moderately

    staff Writer

    This figure represents a 5.4 percent increase in tort costs from 2002, a much slower growth rate than the prior two years.

  • Can Adjusters Inspire Awe?

    staff Writer

    Since 1996, Carl Van has been exhorting claim adjusters to strive for excellence. In that year, Claims published "The 8 Characteristics of the Awesome Adjuster," co-authored by Van and Sue Tarrach.

  • Tsunami Losses Mount

    staff Writer

    Although western insurers remain relatively unaffected by the devastation left behind by December's tsunami in the Indian Ocean, local companies are calculating large payouts.

  • Insurance Leaders Expect Continued Investigations

    staff Writer

    Leaders of the property and casualty insurance industry expect that the investigations into certain industry practices by state attorneys general and insurance departments will continue to expand in 2005.

  • Hurricane Chronicles

    staff Writer

    Although the 2004 Atlantic Hurricane Season started off slowly, it evolved into one of the busiest and most destructive in history.

  • AICPCU/IIA Administers RPA Society Examinations

    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 that lead to the Society's Registered Professional Adjuster designation.

  • NAIC Adopts Producer Licensing Model Amendments

    staff Writer

    In response to the controversy generated by Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's investigations into alleged bid rigging and market manipulation by brokers, the NAIC has drafted a compensation disclosure amendment to its Producer Licensing Model Act.

  • Winter Weather Hits Hard Across Country

    staff Writer

    The new year has brought hazardous weather to much of the country, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Ice storms and considerable snowfall beset the Midwest and Northeast.

  • Adjuster Pays California Fire Survivors Restitution

    staff Writer

    A California public adjusting firm has agreed to pay $128,707.92 in fines and restitution after investigators charged that victims of the 2003 wild fires were deceived into signing contracts unfavorable to their interests.

  • Chiropractor Designs $10 Million Workers' Comp Scam

    staff Writer

    A Modesto, Calif., chiropractor and two employees have been arrested on charges that they repeatedly billed for services that were unnecessary or never rendered, potentially costing insurers more than $10 million.

  • Jeweler Sells Unwitting Clients Insurance

    staff Writer

    Three states have sued jewelry retailer Friedman's for allegedly misleading customers into paying for life, property, and other insurance while they thought that they were insuring the financing of jewelry purchases.

  • Attitude

    Carl Van

    In this eight-part series, Carl Van, author of The 8 Characteristics of the Awesome Adjuster, shares his thoughts on those characteristics.

  • Risk Managing Workers' Comp Reserves

    Staff Writer

    In the recent movie, The Incredibles, the main character is an animated superhero who must retire from that role due to lawsuits filed by the people he was trying to rescue.

  • Porter Joins Rawle Henderson

    staff Writer

    John C. Porter has joined the Commercial Motor Vehicle section at Rawle & Henderson, a Philadelphia law firm.

  • Study Defines Household Mold

    staff Writer

    Air Quality Sciences has released its new study on mold in homes, Air and Dust-borne Mycoflora in Houses Free of Water Damage and Fungal Growth.

  • Jackson Leads CAIIA

    staff Writer

    Douglas B. Jackson, of Southwest Claim Service, was sworn in as president of the CAIIA at the association's annual convention late last year.

  • Reilly Named IIABA Federal Affairs Director

    staff Writer

    Brendan T. Reilly, a member of the House Committee on Financial Services staff, has been named director of federal government affairs for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America.

  • Walczyk CRM's New COO

    staff Writer

    Compensation Risk Managers of California has named Chet Walczyk its new chief operating officer.

  • Engle Martin Hires Adjusters

    staff Writer

    Engle Martin & Associates, an independent adjusting firm, recently made additions to its staff, hiring Michael E. Minasian in Chicago and Brian M. Fell in New York City.

  • Court Case Addresses Liability Law Expansion

    staff Writer

    A Rhode Island District Court is hearing a suit that could challenge the potential expansion of the state's statute dealing with an insurer's inspection immunity.

  • Assembly Enacts Civil Justice Reform

    staff Writer

    The Ohio General Assembly recently passed SB 80, the comprehensive lawsuit reform bill, and HB 498, the workers' compensation intentional tort bill.

  • Bringing the Past into the Present

    Patricia L. Harman

    Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the historic Friedens Evangelical Church in Port Washington, Wis., was rebuilt following a devastating fire in July 2002.

  • Blazing a Career Trail

    Robert D. Stevens Sr.

    "Welcome to the profession no one planned to join," a member of our senior management once greeted a new adjuster trainee class.

  • What to Do When the Bottom Falls Out

    Ken Brownlee

    For many years, I labored in the "food services" division of the claim industry, dealing with pickles and jams, and helping to prepare crow for those who must dine upon that feathery black bird.

  • Have Insurance, Will Travel

    Phil Peart

    Most of us look forward to our annual vacations, time away from the office, winding down, and relaxing in the sun.

  • What's Next? The Second Coming?

    Phil Schreiner

    We thought we'd seen it all with last year's devastating hurricane season, statistically the worst in the Southeast's history.

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