Claims Magazine-February 2006

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  • Dealing with Unfamiliar Customs - Part One

    Ken Brownlee

    There I sat at a round table in Beijing's Great Wall Hotel dining room some 21 years ago, with a vice chairman of the People's Insurance Company of China on one side and an attractive young lady on the other.

  • New Drying Techniques Speed Restoration

    Tracy Bachtell

    As restoration professionals respond to higher standards from many of the nation's largest insurance companies, applied structural drying training has become a preferred technique.

  • Managing Blog Risks Isn't Blah

    Staff Writer

    Perhaps not since the invention of the Gutenberg press has there been as revolutionary an information tool as the Internet.

  • The Power of Prayer?

    staff Writer

    Drivers living within one mile of a church are far less likely to have car accidents than those who live within one mile of a restaurant, a recent study by Quality Planning Corporation revealed.

  • Gulf Ports Experience Rocky Waters

    staff Writer

    According to a report from the U.S. Maritime Administration, Gulf ports saw a 27 percent decline in cruise passengers in the third quarter of 2005.

  • IIABA Unveils 2006 Agenda

    staff Writer

    The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America has set its 2006 agenda, which includes advocating for a number of legislative reforms at both the federal and state levels.

  • NAIC Drafts Cat Risk Model

    staff Writer

    The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is considering a draft of a national catastrophic risk insurance program as one means of reforming the way that the nation finances the economic losses from natural disasters.

  • NY Cat Fund Precursor to National Program?

    staff Writer

    New York Senator Michael Balboni, a member of the Senate Insurance Committee, has introduced a bill that would help protect New Yorkers from the consequences of a catastrophic storm, terrorist attack, or other event.

  • Report Outlines Katrina's Lessons

    staff Writer

    Risk Management Solutions has published "Hurricane Katrina: Profile of a Super Cat," a report summarizing the development of damage from Hurricane Katrina and the New Orleans flood.

  • Tools for Accident Reconstruction

    Craig Fries

    Computer generated 3D animations are being used widely to demonstrate to jurors what an expert has determined occurred during an accident or crime.

  • Road-Rage Case Settled

    staff Writer

    Farmers Insurance, Washington State's second-largest property and casualty insurer, will cover the injuries to policyholder Ethel Adams, a motorist injured in a road-rage incident.

  • Web-based Claim-It Processes P&C Lines

    staff Writer

    IDP, a provider of claim and billing software for the property and casualty insurance industry has developed a claim-processing program.

  • Seaworthy Examines Boating Claims

    staff Writer

    International Marine has published Seaworthy: Essential Lessons from BoatU.S.'s 20-Year Case File of Things Gone Wrong, by Robert A. Adriance.

  • MS/B Adds Databases

    staff Writer

    Users of the IntegriClaim property claim estimator can download seven additional databases from Marshall and Swift/Boeckh to get recent storm-surge data.

  • DKI Promotes Street

    staff Writer

    Disaster Kleenup International, an independent property damage restoration contractor, has promoted Summer Street to national account director.

  • MQVP Hires Hansen

    staff Writer

    Manufacturers' Qualification and Validation Program, a firm that certifies collision replacement parts, has hired Kirk Hansen as director of new business development.

  • DRI Chooses Maus

    staff Writer

    The Defense Research Institute, an organization of defense trial lawyers and corporate counsel, has elected Kathy J. Maus national director.

  • CAS Names Officers

    staff Writer

    The Casualty Actuarial Society has elected Paul Braithwaite, managing director at Navigant Consulting, president.

  • IBHS Shuffles Board

    staff Writer

    The Institute for Business & Home Safety has made Philip Love, CEO of South Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance, chairman of the board.

  • Troy Joins GAB Robins

    staff Writer

    GAB Robins, a claim service firm, has hired Edward G. Troy as president and chief executive officer.

  • OneBeacon Expands

    staff Writer

    OneBeacon Insurance Group, a subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, has entered into an agreement with Houston General Insurance Exchange to offer auto and homeowners' insurance in the Northeast.

  • Sams Hires Four

    staff Writer

    Sams and Associates, a firm providing claim adjusting and insurance services, has hired four adjusters.

  • Fortified Construction Lowers Insurance

    staff Writer

    Homebuilders in South Carolina may be eligible for insurance discounts if construction of their homes adheres to fortified construction techniques.

  • The Pen Is Mightier

    Phil Schreiner

    But then, sometimes it depends on who's wielding the pen! But before we get into that, here's a little "philosophical" publishing background.

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