Claims Magazine-May 2005

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  • We Never Learn

    Ken Brownlee

    A few Claims readers and contributors I know subscribe to an insurance/risk management Internet chat-line called Riskmail.

  • Expert Tree Appraisal Saves Dollars, Makes Sense

    Scott Cullen

    With the devastating Atlantic hurricanes last year and severe winter weather recently departed, many are keenly aware of tree destruction that can significantly alter the appearance, enjoyment, and value of a property.

  • Testing Protocols for Mold Claims

    T. Mcroy Shelley III

    How many times has a claim file landed on the desk of an adjuster or defense attorney with little more than one or two mold test reports and a huge bill for remediation that already has been completed?

  • Investigators Establish Certification Board

    staff Writer

    A group of investigative experts has allied to form the United States Association of Professional Investigators, to provide education, training, and benefits to industry members.

  • Auto Coalition Advocates Voluntary Repair Data

    staff Writer

    A coalition has been formed that supports existing voluntary efforts to provide access to technical repair data to both independent repair shops and all service providers.

  • BSA Announces Personnel Changes

    staff Writer

    Catherine (Kit) Kirby has been promoted to the position of loss control consultant for Brentwood Service Administrators in the Champaign, Ill., office.

  • Polee Named Claim Specialist

    staff Writer

    Tamara Polee has been hired as a claim specialist at Property Loss Consulting's Baltimore office.

  • Schroeder Appointed IMACC VP

    staff Writer

    Bill Schroeder has been appointed to fill the position of vice president of business development and also will serve as vice president of national markets for the Independent Mitigation and Cleaning/Conservation network.

  • EFI Appoints Tillman Western Region Manager

    staff Writer

    EFI Global, a provider of engineering, fire investigation, environmental, accident reconstruction and laboratory testing, has named Michael Tillman regional manager of the Western Region.

  • Cozen O'Connor Expands

    staff Writer

    Jeffrey C. Calabrese has joined Cozen O'Connor's Chicago law office as an associate in the subrogation and recovery department.

  • Never Stop Learning

    Carl Van

    In this eight-part series, Carl Van shares his thoughts on the characteristics of the awesome adjuster.

  • Market Stability Requires Hurricane Fund Changes

    staff Writer

    The Florida Legislature is considering a bill that would establish an annual hurricane deductible for insurers and lower the threshold of losses that an insurer must sustain before recovering monies from the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund.

  • Insurance as Poetry

    staff Writer

    Among the recently announced Pulitzer Prize winners was Ted Kooser, poet laureate of the United States and former vice president of Lincoln Benefit Life Insurance.

  • Filmmakers Seek Less Adventure

    staff Writer

    The film making world is becoming riskier, according to the 2005 Risks in Global Film making map published by Aon/Albert G. Ruben, an insurance broker for the entertainment industry.

  • GAO Examines Catastrophe Risk

    staff Writer

    Natural catastrophes and terrorist attacks can place enormous financial demands on the insurance industry, resulting in higher premiums and substantially reduced coverage.

  • U.S. Improves Tsunami Warning System

    staff Writer

    The federal government has earmarked $37.5 million over the next two years for expansion of the nation's tsunami detection and warning capabilities as part of the Global Earth Observation System.

  • Court Prioritizes Workers' Comp Claims

    staff Writer

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently held that amounts due with respect to workers' compensation insurance are entitled to priority under the United States Bankruptcy Code.

  • CPCU Considers Silica Litigation

    staff Writer

    Many of the approaches, legal arguments, and tactics developed by the plaintiff bar over many years of litigation in asbestos cases may be applied and adapted to future silica cases.

  • AEI Adds Law Course

    staff Writer

    The American Educational Institute has added a self-study claim law course to its offerings.

  • Extreme Weather Marks Year

    staff Writer

    Earthquakes and tropical cyclones made 2004 an extraordinary year, according to Munich Re's annual review of natural catastrophes.

  • Florida's Hurricane Alley: Is 2004 the New Norm?

    Sharon K. Moorhead

    When he reminded attendees at the 2005 Windstorm Conference that predicting hurricane landfall was still far from being an exact science, Max Mayfield was probably preaching to the choir.

  • Small Cars No Match for SUVs

    staff Writer

    Most small car designs earned poor ratings in side-impact crash tests recently conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

  • Guy Carpenter Tallies Tsunami Statistics

    staff Writer

    The report dissects the human devastation and examines the extent of damage and the economic impact for each country affected by one of the worst natural disasters ever recorded.

  • Commissioner Addresses Uninsured Mexican Vehicles

    staff Writer

    In an effort to better protect drivers on Californian and Mexican highways California's insurance commissioner, led a delegation to Mexico to participate in trilateral negotiations with Mexican and Canadian authorities.

  • Newman Joins Wheco's LA Team

    staff Writer

    Mark Newman has been named the new general manager of the Los Angeles division of Wheco Corp., a crane and capital equipment structural repair and restoration company.

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