Claims Magazine-February 2010

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  • Hidden Risks of Green Buildings

    J. David Odom, Richard Scott, George H. Dubose

    The great irony of "green" building is that the very concepts intended to enhance a building's performance over its entire lifetime are many of the same things that make a building highly susceptible to moisture and mold problems.

  • Despite All Obstacles

    Eric Gilkey

    There will be lessons to learn from the response efforts in Haiti, and I know those who head up our industry's catastrophe units are paying attention.

  • Chinese Drywall Lawsuit Filed Against 14 Insurers

    Eric Gilkey

    A lawsuit has been filed in Louisiana against 14 insurers that seeks indemnification for losses and breach of contract arising from claims for the development and sale of homes allegedly containing defective Chinese manufactured drywall.

  • GEICO Adjusters Ruled Exempt from Overtime Pay

    Phil Gusman

    The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. has found that auto damage adjusters working for GEICO do not qualify for overtime benefits under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

  • Speaking Of: Going Green

    Christina Bramlet

    DKI President and CEO Dale A. Sailer discusses the importance of understanding green construction and how companies and the industry as a whole can do their part in creating green environments and serving evolving client needs.

  • Wrath of Old Man Winter

    Christine G. Barlow

    It's still winter, and that leads to questions from adjusters about claims involving frozen pipes.

  • Search-and-Rescue Operations

    Ken Brownlee

    I guess while Congress was busy giving tax cuts to the wealthy, they failed to consider the tax breaks they were awarding for stupidity, as well.

  • Earning the AIC

    Donna J. Popow

    Just as you cannot build a house without a solid foundation, you cannot build a career in claims without learning the fundamentals of claim handling. Stand out from the crowd with the Associate in Claims designation.

  • Under Pressure

    Gary Jennings

    It is vital that insurers, TPAs, and corporations place great importance on the accuracy and reasonableness of case reserves to provide reasonable estimates for financial reporting purposes.

  • Are You Twittering or Frittering?

    Staff Writer

    Risk managers will increasingly confront corporate risks arising from employee use of social media and networking tools.

  • Avoiding Hard Landings

    Mike H. Bassett

    We take a look at real slip-and-fall cases in an effort to explain how dynamic and fact-specific they can be.

  • Fraud Triage Programs

    Kirk L. Madsen

    Using triage to review insurance claims can improve the rate of fraud detection while generating considerable savings for both carriers and their policyholders.

  • Fraud Spikes as Resources Dwindle

    Christina Bramlet

    The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud reports that fraud bureaus are noticing a significant uptick in their caseloads, but staff resources are scant.

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