Claims Magazine-June 2008

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  • Disaster Season

    Ken Brownlee

    The late spring is the beginning of hurricane season. By the time this is published, the spring tornado season will be well underway.

  • The Art of First Impressions

    Staff Writer

    On NBC's sitcom, The Office, boss Michael Scott is a clueless buffoon while Dunder-Mifflin's receptionist -- Pam Beasly -- is sharp and perceptive.

  • Are the Stars to Blame?

    Christina Bramlet

    So, what's your sign? Finally, the phrase can function as a bona fide conversation starter instead of the eye-roll inducing standby of many a lounge lothario.

  • A Comic Approach

    Eric Gilkey

    Those who steer claimants to specific auto shops can land themselves and their companies in a heap of trouble.

  • Speaking Of: Legal Briefs

    Staff Writer

    A recent ruling in the case Village Northridge Homeowners Association v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. could prove to be a nightmare for insurers.

  • When Hail Freezes Over

    Eric Gilkey

    June is ripe for a pop-up thunderstorm, but it's another weather event that is often paired with these storms that gets claim adjusters out into the field in a hurry -- hail.

  • Supporting a New Generation

    Staff Writer

    Every year, Claims Magazine awards an academic scholarship to a student at the Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services at Illinois State University.

  • Looming Hurricanes Spur Predictions

    Christina Bramlet

    Following their December predictions for an active 2008 Atlantic basin hurricane season, several prominent forecasting teams have issued updated reports.

  • New Beginnings

    Eric Gilkey

    The foundation on which insurance is based is referred to as the law of large numbers, but it's not really a law.

  • The Plastic Menace?

    Diana B. Reitz, CPCU

    "Just one word. Are you listening? Plastic," an enthusiastic Mr. McGuire advises Benjamin in the 1967 movie, The Graduate.

  • Limiting Bad-Faith Exposure

    Steven Plitt

    The predictability of calculating general damage values in personal injury claims can be highly speculative.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    Andy Ernst

    It is incumbent upon claim professionals to thoroughly investigate and uniformly adjudicate all claims and obtain specific evidence supporting all of the allegations.

  • Insurity Upgrades Reporting Decisions

    Staff Writer

    Insurity has upgraded its data warehousing and reporting program, Reporting Decisions, by adding business intelligence and advanced analytical capabilities.

  • Cambridge Adds Legal Tools

    Staff Writer

    Cambridge's legal bill review services will help clients ensure that inappropriate fees and unnecessary expenses associated with claim management are avoided.

  • Good-Faith Law Proposed

    Staff Writer

    A proposed bill in the Minnesota state legislature would enable a party who claims to have been personally injured to name the person alleged to have negligently injured the claimant and person's liability insurer.

  • Publication Demystifies Workers' Comp Law

    Staff Writer

    The Pittsburgh-based law firm of Fried, Kane, Walters, Zuschlag and Grochmal hopes to help Pennsylvania employers contain their workers' compensation exposure and control costs.

  • Workers' Comp Costs on the Rise

    Staff Writer

    A new study by the Workers' Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) reports that the average workers' compensation total cost per claim in Wisconsin grew rapidly for four of the five years.

  • Covering Your Bases

    Gary Blake

    The enactment of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) on Dec. 1, 2006 has been the catalyst for renewed emphasis on document retention.

  • Quantifying Loss

    Russ Matheson

    Calculating business income loss claims can be tricky.

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