Claims Magazine-January 2009

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  • Speaking Of: Expert Witnesses

    Christina Bramlet

    To examine the underlying psychological principles and implications of juror skepticism toward expert testimony, Claims' Christina Bramlet enlisted the expertise of Steven M. Gursten.

  • Top Industry Concerns Divulged

    Eric Gilkey

    These four areas will test insurers' abilities to react to a marketplace that is being assaulted by crises.

  • Record-Setting Season

    Christina Bramlet

    The season ranks as one of the more active in the 64 years since comprehensive record-keeping began.

  • The Final Word

    Eric Gilkey

    I don't pretend to be a political analyst, but one thing I've gleaned over the years is that most politicians have a disdain for the campaign trail.

  • Finding the Silver Lining

    Simon Oddy

    Even if one does not fully comprehend the complexities and causes of the current financial crisis, the enormity of the crisis and its impact on confidence in the economy is not lost on anyone.

  • Early Storm Notification

    Ken Brownlee

    When Amtrak's Vermonter passenger train headed toward Putney, Vt., on the tracks of the New England Central (NEC) at 3:40 a.m. on Oct. 9, 2005, there was no way that the engineer could have known

  • The Road to a Robust ROI

    Mark Poisson

    In recent years, more claim organizations have started investing in new technology to make their operations less costly to operate as well as more efficient and effective.

  • Reversing Imminent Brain Drain

    Staff Writer

    "Flight risk" is a term that resonates more with bail bondsmen than with claim managers. Nevertheless, flight risk imperils claim operations nowadays.

  • Vindication for an Industry

    Eric Gilkey

    When State Farm settled a lawsuit with Thomas and Pamela McIntosh for $250,000 in September, it marked the end of more than just a standard insurer/policyholder legal compromise.

  • Foul Weather

    B. Steven Roberts

    The increase in severe weather events, combined with population growth and migration to high-risk locations in the U.S., will result in more claims, a higher incidence of fraud, and higher payouts for insurance companies.

  • A Mighty Wind

    Patrick Stevenson

    This month, the Windstorm Insurance Network will be hosting its 10th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference.

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