Claims Magazine-May 2010

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  • Delay, Deny, Defend

    Christina Bramlet

    The (insurance) world in which we reside is quite an inhospitable place, where one can scarcely count on a good "neighbor" or "friend" to do the right thing, Jay M. Feinman asserts in so many words in his book.

  • Insurance Industry Hiring Outlook Brightens?

    Eric Gilkey

    Although their claim forces have been reduced by 16 percent, a majority of insurers still say that hiring qualified claim adjusters is a priority, according to a recent study.

  • Behind the Scenes

    Eric Gilkey

    A lot of insightful material was left on the cutting-room floor when I wrapped up the research and composition of "Tricks of the Trade." So I'm going to let you in on some of the outtakes.

  • 14th Annual ACE Conference Preview

    Christina Bramlet

    This year, ACE America's Claims Event returns to Las Vegas for its 14th iteration. Steeped in a rich tradition of claim excellence, the event takes place June 22-24, 2010 at the Bellagio Hotel.

  • "Above Average" 2010 Hurricane Season Likely

    Christina Bramlet

    The Atlantic basin could be in for an above-average hurricane season this year with four major hurricanes forecast to develop in the region, according to forecasters at Colorado State University.

  • Winding It Up

    Staff Writer

    Deep down I knew this day would come. I just didn't know when. This is my final column for Claims Magazine.

  • What Teens Should Know About Insurance

    Ken Brownlee

    One item missing from the list of topics the Obama Administration considers to be essential for our students—a good list including art and music and science, and so on—was a course about how to deal with the real world.

  • Temp Housing Alternatives

    Aaron Wilson

    A strong hotel program may be a key ingredient in managing your temporary housing costs and service.

  • Independents Into the Mist?

    Jim Lakes, EGA, RPA

    Are independent adjusters and independent adjusting companies fading away? What role do they currently play in the overall picture of the claim-adjusting profession? Are insurance carriers eliminating them from the claim process?

  • Speaking Of: Independent Adjusting

    Eric Gilkey

    Claims spoke with Tom Crawford to find out more about his achievements, how he sees the independent adjuster industry changing, and his retirement plans.

  • Tricks of the Trade

    Eric Gilkey

    Got street skills? Take a look at what three seasoned professionals say are the keys to success when adjusting claims in their respective lines of business.

  • Construction Defects and CGL Coverage

    David D. Thamann

    When cold and snowy winter weather finally blows itself out, and warm weather brings the beginning of more construction projects, claims against contractors for construction defects are bound to arise.

  • The Difference Between Defect and Failure

    Daniel Whitney

    Some product liability lawsuits are premised on the mere fact of product failure without consideration of the operational life expectancy of the product.

  • NOAA Weather Satellite Opens Its Eyes

    Staff Writer

    Geostationary operational environmental satellites enable NOAA forecasters to track life-threatening weather -- such as hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes.

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