Claims Magazine-October 2008

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  • The Chicken Never Knew What Hit It

    Ken Brownlee

    The truth is that the ill-fated chicken crossed the road for much the same reason that most loss occurs: because it failed to recognize the risk(s).

  • The Face of Catastrophe

    Dr. Raymond Shelton

    The day was beautiful, without a cloud in the sky. By mid-afternoon, however, the sky had darkened and forecasters talked about the possibility of late afternoon and evening thunderstorms.

  • Checks and Balances

    Christina Bramlet

    Each election year provides us with a reality check and a reminder that we all have choices and the power to effectuate change.

  • Stepping into the Spotlight

    Eric Gilkey

    Last month, a reader notified me in a clear and succinct way what he thought about one of our headlines: "You're an idiot," he wrote.

  • Gustav, Ike Make for Busy Month

    Eric Gilkey

    What had most insurers nervous, however, was whether Gustav would cause the kind of residential and commercial damage sustained when Hurricane Katrina hit almost three years ago to the day.

  • What Happens to AIG Claimants?

    Patrick Stevenson

    The collapse of one of the world's insurance titans, the American International Group (AIG), has many people scrambling for answers.

  • Speaking Of: Auto Appraisals

    Staff Writer

    Independent Automotive Damage Appraisers, known throughout the appraisal realm simply as IADA, is an association committed to implementing the latest technologies to continue to reduce the cost of vehicle repairs.

  • Pimped-Out Rides Pose Hazards

    Christina Bramlet

    Drivers adorning their cars with jewel-encrusted dice, fluffy steering wheel covers, or other car accessories may want to reconsider their automotive decor.

  • Graceful Exits

    Staff Writer

    Whether the dearly departed was the weakest link or a strong performer, both departing workers share a common thread: an exit interview.

  • Protecting Adjusters from Fraud Traps

    Tim Lynch

    Adjusters face a significant problem when they encounter a claim where there exists a suspicion that the insured either contributed to the loss or has intentionally exaggerated the estimate of damages.

  • Special Salvage Report

    Paul Gross

    As part of a special section this month, Claims worked with several contributors to put together a salvage report that will inform claim professionals of the opportunities and expectations related to this industry.

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