Claims Magazine-March 2007

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  • Search & Rescue Ventures

    Ken Brownlee

    In the spring of 2000 when your Iconoclast was still editor of the CPCU Claims Quarterly (CQ), a very typical situation for editors of such publications occurred.

  • Can You Hear Me Now?

    Staff Writer

    Cell phone use and two-way communication systems in automobiles are facing scrutiny again, this time from the Center for Auto Safety (CAS).

  • One Warning Deserves Another

    Staff Writer

    In an effort to educate the public about how to deal with bacteria-laden sponges found in most American kitchens, a research team at the University of Florida might have inadvertently sparked another problem.

  • Adjusting Takes Center Stage

    Eric Gilkey

    An independent film called Low and Behold had its world premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, bringing to the forefront situations often faced by adjusters but not commonly known to the public.

  • Big "I" Targets TRIEA

    Staff Writer

    The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America is honing in on several legislative issues that could have implications for claim adjusters and departments throughout this year.

  • Speaking of: Claim Adjusting

    Staff Writer

    Back in 1996, Kevin Hromas followed the advice of a family member and began a new career as an Allstate staff adjuster after closing his construction business.

  • It's March Madness with PLRB/LIRB

    Michael Houts

    If there is one conference everyone in the property/casualty insurance industry looks forward to each year, it's the PLRB/LIRB conference.

  • Study Confirms Increase in Flooded Cars

    Eric Gilkey

    According to the results, the number of waterlogged wrecks revealed by Carfax vehicle history reports has doubled nationwide over the last five years.

  • LEA Remains Tops

    Phil Schreiner

    As insurance claim associations go, the Loss Executives Association (LEA) is at the front of the pack.

  • State Farm Suspends Mississippi Policies

    Eric Gilkey

    Citing uncertainty in Mississippi's legal and business environments, State Farm announced last month that it would halt writing new homeowners' and commercial property insurance in the state of Mississippi.

  • Round One Goes to Allstate

    Eric Gilkey

    Allstate might have struggled in the New Orleans' public court of opinion, but a lawsuit that was dropped last month by the plaintiffs shows that policyholders aren't always the victims in a claim dispute.

  • Do You See Dead People?

    Christine G. Barlow

    Is there coverage under the homeowner's policy for cleanup for both the dwelling and personal property?

  • Clear as Mud?

    Laura Hanson

    Over the past 15 years, the standard ISO absolute pollution exclusion has been litigated in the traditional environmental arena across the country.

  • Business Rules for Claims Processing

    Hans Witt

    For many carriers, the task of processing claims consistently and in accordance with new programs has become complex and daunting for both their adjusters and the IT organizations that support them.

  • Automatic Water-Leak Detection

    Staff Writer

    Etched in Time, a privately held Arizona-based corporation, recently demonstrated technology that is capable of detecting water leaks in a structure and automatically stopping flow at the main water valve.

  • Drying Goes High-Tech

    Staff Writer

    Dri-Eaz Products, a drying and restoration company, has introduced a new extracting tool.

  • Citizens Sued for Window Claims

    Staff Writer

    The Hurricane Law Group, a law firm specializing in natural disaster litigation, has taken legal action against the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation in a case involving window damage caused by Hurricane Wilma.

  • State Wishy-Washy on Black-Box Legislation

    Staff Writer

    According to Montana state legislature, a bill has been drafted to outline the stipulations associated with the collection and usage of event data recorders, or "black boxes" in automobiles.

  • Workers' Comp Law Changed for 9/11 Volunteers

    Staff Writer

    The New York Committee for Occupational Health and Safety (NYCOSH) has outlined new guidelines that would extend the deadline for 9/11 workers and volunteers to apply for workers' compensation benefits.

  • Mold Isn't Gold

    Barry Zalma

    The fear of mold claims was engendered in the insurance industry by the trial court decision in Ballard v. Fire Insurance Exchange.

  • Evaluating Injury Claims

    Dr. David R. Price

    Malingering in personal injury or workers' compensation claims cost both the insurer and the consumer.

  • Navigating the Straits

    Barrett A. Evans,CPCU,AIC

    Although the business world and society at-large have always been concerned about financial ethics, the issue has come to the forefront of discussion in the post-Enron world.

  • What's the Attraction?

    Phil Schreiner

    It seems that almost every insurance-related conference is held in Florida, and it has been like that for as long as I can remember.

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