Claims Magazine-November 2007

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  • Concealed Weapons and General Liability

    David D. Thamann

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) seems intent on having state legislatures pass laws empowering citizens to shoot first and ask questions later.

  • Changing the Playbook

    Jeffrey M. Baill

    In 1980, a front-line claim person at a property and casualty company handled most subrogation cases.

  • Xactimate Gets Facelift

    Staff Writer

    Xactimate 25, a product from Xactware, boasts several changes, but one of the most useful is how the software has gone multi-lingual.

  • Speaking Of : Construction Defects

    Eric Gilkey

    A significant construction defect coverage case, Lamar Homes, Inc. v. Mid-Continent Casualty Co., was recently decided by the Texas Supreme Court.

  • Questions of Coverage

    Staff Writer

    The most important -- and often toughest -- part of an adjuster's job is determining coverage.

  • Catastrophe Claims Bottom Out

    Eric Gilkey

    Third-quarter insured catastrophe losses for 2007 reached their lowest levels in five years, due largely to relatively few large-scale events.

  • Gone in 26.4 Seconds

    Eric Gilkey

    According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's (NICB) annual "Hot Wheels" report, 1.2 million motor vehicles were stolen in 2006.

  • Collision Repair Study Raises Insurer Issues

    Eric Gilkey

    Dealing with inexperienced insurer claim staff is one of the top problems for collision repairers, according to the results of a recent study released by a collision repair association.

  • The Appraisal Process

    Thomas E. Kos,ERMan

    The State of Florida has experienced a significant rise in the demand for appraisal in disputed property settlements as found in homeowners' and commercial policies.

  • The Deposition Testimony

    Robert Horst

    Every claim professional feels some degree of anxiety after receiving a notice of deposition.

  • Salvaging a Relationship

    Edward Flanagan

    When did it happen? Somewhere along the line, the duties of the salvor became somewhat oversimplified.

  • Juries to Award for Grief, Sorrow

    Staff Writer

    Governor Rod Blagojevich recently signed legislation that permits juries to award money for grief, sorrow, and mental anguish to the decedent's next of kin.

  • No-Fault Lawsuit Proceeds

    Staff Writer

    The Colorado Court of Appeals recently ruled against State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company by reversing an earlier ruling that allowed the use of a computer database to determine medical cost reimbursements.

  • State Officials Support Referendum

    Staff Writer

    A referendum up for vote in Washington State this month is seeking to prohibit insurers from unreasonably denying coverage or payment of benefits to first-party claimants.

  • Hawkins Integrates PowerClaim Net Services

    Staff Writer

    PowerClaim Net Services is a web-based claim management, assignment, and reporting tool that is used to provide executive management reports, data storage, and mining.

  • Sedgwick Releases Alert Feature

    Staff Writer

    The alert will inform Sedgwick clients of changes in claim status in the company's claim management information system, JURIS.

  • CaseRev Builds Relationships

    Staff Writer

    CaseRev, an online community that connects claim professionals, attorneys, and vendors, has released new software called VenCore.

  • New Rules for the Claim Game

    Brian S. Cohen

    The business of adjusting claims has remained the same old game, despite advances in technology and the advent of the Internet.

  • Beating the Odds

    Barrett A. Evans,CPCU,AIC

    There is an ancient Greek fable told by Aesop in which Tyche, the goddess of fortune, becomes weary with mortals who criticized her for their bad luck.

  • Turning Garbage into Gold

    Daniel S. Parsley

    As any insurer or business owner knows, catastrophes can strike on any front without warning.

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