Claims Magazine-October 2005

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  • The Claim Adjuster Crisis

    Leigh Brazee

    Claim managers face a never-ending list of challenges on a daily basis. Perhaps the most dreaded, however, is the resignation announcement from one of their best claim adjusters.

  • Adjusters Sing the Blues

    Mikel Benton

    The noise from claim staff is not joyous this year. Although a few people still tell us that they love their jobs, their voices are growing fainter.

  • Katrina: Devastation on the Gulf Coast

    Phil Gusman

    With rescue operations coming to a close and recovery efforts underway all along the battered Gulf Coast, experts are still unsure as to what the insured damages from Hurricane Katrina will be.

  • Building a Claim Team

    Carl Van

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

  • Detecting Lies

    Eric Gilkey

    Ever get the feeling that someone has been lying to you? Those who attended last month's International Association of Special Investigation Units conference in Phoenix may just have had their suspicions confirmed.

  • Hurricane Victims Begin Filing Suits

    staff Writer

    Less than a month after Hurricane Katrina made landfall near the Louisiana-Mississippi state line, the first legal actions were taken on behalf of the storm's victims.

  • Nation's Coastlines Grow More Populous

    staff Writer

    The narrow fringe comprising 17 percent of the contiguous land area of the United States is home to more than half of the nation's population.

  • Cunningham Lindsey Recruits Cat Adjusters

    staff Writer

    Cunningham Lindsey U.S. is seeking prospective catastrophe adjuster candidates to participate in a sponsored training program conducted by its subsidiary, Vale National.

  • Congress Approves Emergency Funding

    staff Writer

    With very little debate, Congress approved an emergency appropriation bill to meet immediate needs arising from the consequences of Hurricane Katrina.

  • DirecTV Connects Katrina Victims

    staff Writer

    DirecTV, a satellite television service, has launched a 24-hour channel dedicated to Hurricane Katrina information.

  • Insurance Industry Unemployment Rises

    staff Writer

    From August 2000 to August 2005, the last month for which figures are available, employment in the insurance industry decreased by 42 percent.

  • Allstate, Adjusters Reach Agreement

    staff Writer

    Although admitting no wrongdoing, Allstate has established a $120 million reserve for the settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by adjusters employed by the company between November 1996 and December 2004.

  • ISO Enhances Cat Database

    staff Writer

    ISO has revised its CatCube catastrophe-history database to speed up database searches and provide in-depth analyses of insured property losses from catastrophes in the United States since 1950.

  • Guy Carpenter Publishes Annual Reinsurance Study

    staff Writer

    Guy Carpenter, a global risk and reinsurance specialist, has released its annual study of the property catastrophe reinsurance market, The World Catastrophe Reinsurance Market: 2005.

  • Bluebook Releases Insure-to-Value

    staff Writer

    Bluebook International has released a new program designed to help homeowners determine if they have enough insurance to replace their dwelling in the event of a catastrophe.

  • SIG Promotes Ganey, Brew

    staff Writer

    Selective Insurance Group, a holding company for several property and casualty insurance companies, has appointed two executives.

  • LJS Hires Coppack

    staff Writer

    T.R. Coppock has joined L.J. Shaw as a claim adjuster, becoming the third generation in his family to do so.

  • DM&A Expands, Appoints Brandt

    staff Writer

    David Morse & Associates, a national claim administration and independent adjusting company, has opened an office in Reno, Nev., to provide property and casualty adjusting services in the area.

  • RMS Honors Westmeyer

    staff Writer

    Risk Management Services presented Ann Westmeyer with its National Claims Professional of the Year 2004-2005 award.

  • Bobo Rejoins GAB Robins

    staff Writer

    GAB Robins, a claim service firm, has hired John Bobo as general manager for North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

  • ClaimSchool Offers Training

    staff Writer

    The ClaimSchool course California Fair Claims Practices Regulations provides training and testing information.

  • RGL Launches Practice

    staff Writer

    RGL Forensic Accountants & Consultants, an independent forensic accounting firm, has created a forensic technology practice for lawyers, insurers, companies, and those who advise them.

  • Cozen O'Connor Opens New Office

    staff Writer

    Cozen O'Connor, a law firm serving business, insurance, and private clients, has opened its 24th office in Santa Fe, N.M.

  • ClaimIQ Unveils SubroIQ

    staff Writer

    For many insurance companies, the money paid to settle claims typically is the largest item on the balance sheet, comprising roughly 60 to 70 percent of net premiums written.

  • You Are the Key to Resolving this Crisis

    Phil Schreiner

    When Florida suffered through its four-pronged hurricane siege last year, the insurance industry responded quickly, but not quick enough, according to some critics.

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