Claims Magazine-September 2005

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  • Millions, Billions, Schmillions!

    Phil Schreiner

    After it gets to a certain point, we lose comprehension of the vastness, and the vast difference between, a million and a billion.

  • Highway Fatalities Hit Record Low

    staff Writer

    The fatality rate on the nation's highways in 2004 was the lowest since record-keeping began 30 years ago, according to a recent analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • In Search of Initiative

    Carl Van

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

  • Making Progress on Progressive Damage Claims

    Bruce Hillman, JD

    Recently, an Ohio FC&S reader wondered, more specifically worried, whether liability-based theories involving progressive damage could be applied in first-party property loss situations.

  • Salvage Scammers Clone VINs

    James S. Spiller

    The art of vehicle identity cloning is not new to the law enforcement community or the insurance industry.

  • Unplugging Claims

    Mark K. Lund

    Unfortunately, processing the resulting claims is often not quite so simple and, next to settlement amounts, it is claim-processing speed that is most closely related to customer satisfaction.

  • Regional Differences Drive Auto Claimant Decisions

    staff Writer

    Auto injury claimants in California are more likely to seek treatment from chiropractors, while those in Illinois trust emergency room physicians, a recent Insurance Research Council study revealed.

  • Officials Question Tsunami Warnings

    staff Writer

    Following a tsunami scare in along the West Coast in June, state and federal officials are looking into a series of technical errors that delayed the issuing of a tsunami warning in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Do Red Cars Rate Higher Premiums?

    staff Writer

    Although many drivers believe that the color of a car influences how much it costs to insure it, Progressive Insurance is seeking to debunk that myth, along with several others.

  • Lawyers, Doctor Orchestrate Fraud Ring

    staff Writer

    Two lawyers and one doctor pleaded guilty in connection with a staged auto insurance fraud ring involving more than 55 victims in Arizona and California.

  • Data Thief Found Guilty

    staff Writer

    Scott Levine, of Boca Raton, Fla., has been convicted of stealing more than 1.5 billion data files in what federal officials believe may be the largest case of intrusion of personal data to date.

  • IBHS Demands Better Windstorm Protection

    staff Writer

    There are clear opportunities for the federal government to support research into making homes and businesses safer from violent windstorms, and to remove barriers to developing hazard resistant construction.

  • Kerry, Waxman Seek GAO

    staff Writer

    John Kerry and Rep. Henry Waxman have asked that allegations against Phillip A. Cooney, a chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, be investigated.

  • NHTSA Head Targets Security

    staff Writer

    After four years as head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Jeffrey W. Runge has left NHTSA to assume the post of first chief medical officer at the Department of Homeland Security.

  • NAIC Examines Mega-Catastrophes

    staff Writer

    The Catastrophe Insurance Working Group of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners recently published a white paper on Catastrophe Risk Management for the U.S. Economy.

  • NAAIA Members Meet

    staff Writer

    This month, the National African-American Insurance Association will hold its National Conference and Empowerment Summit at the New York Hilton in New York City.

  • Global Climate Change Inflates Insurance Fees

    staff Writer

    Even small increases in the intensity of major storms could increase damage costs by at least two-thirds by the end of the century, according to the Association of British Insurers.

  • AEI Introduces SCLA Awards

    staff Writer

    American Educational Institute has designed a program that allows SCLA designees to continue their educations and earn additional professional awards.

  • UIS Hires Owney

    staff Writer

    Unified Investigations & Sciences, an independent forensic investigation and engineering firm, has hired Michael K. Owney as a professional fire investigator for the greater New York City area.

  • Cambridge, McLarens Form Claim Alliance

    staff Writer

    Cambridge, a claims and loss cost management firm based in Connecticut, has formed an alliance with the McLarens Group, a claim management firm in Canada.

  • AF Offers New Training

    staff Writer

    Arbitration Forums, a nonprofit provider of dispute resolution services, has created an arbitrator training and certification program.

  • DM&A Opens Dallas Office

    staff Writer

    David Morse & Associates, a national claim administration and independent adjusting company based in Los Angeles, has opened an office in Dallas.

  • EMSI Acquires Investigation Firm

    staff Writer

    Examination Management Services, a provider of medical information, risk management, and investigation services, has acquired the Merrill Group.

  • Zalma Investigates Construction Defects

    staff Writer

    Barry Zalma, an insurance coverage lawyer specializing in bad faith, insurance claims, and fraud, has written Construction Defects: Litigation and Claims.

  • PRIMA Members Choose Officers

    staff Writer

    The Public Risk Management Association, a national not-for-profit organization that provides education and information for 2,200 government members, has elected five new officers.

  • Omega Changes Name

    staff Writer

    First Advantage Corp., a risk mitigation firm, has changed the name of its insurance fraud investigative subsidiary, Omega Insurance Services.

  • NAPIA Elects Leadership

    staff Writer

    The National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters has named its 2005-2006 officers.

  • RMS Releases Cat Risk Tools

    staff Writer

    Risk Management Solutions, a provider of catastrophe risk management products, has released its Global Geocoding Platform and upgraded its Global Terrorism Risk and Terrorism Scenario models.

  • CCH Launches AuthenticWeb

    staff Writer

    CCH Insurance Services, a firm that helps insurance professionals meet industry requirements, has expanded its services with AuthenticWeb for Claims, a compliance tool specifically for claim operations.

  • AIG Offers Online Loss Benchmarking

    staff Writer

    AIG Excess Casualty, a division of American International Group, has launched an online database of claim histories designed to serve as benchmarks for particular liability types, industries, or limits.

  • ASA Enhances Shop Locator

    staff Writer

    The Automotive Service Association has launched an enhanced shop locator that allows consumers to find repair facilities within their local communities.

  • Joy, Thormahlen Manage BSA Office

    staff Writer

    Brentwood Services Administrators, a provider of workers' compensation claim administration and other services, recently added an office in Austin, Texas.

  • Albertson Manages GAB Robins Claims

    staff Writer

    GAB Robins, an international claim services firm, has named Caroline Albertson assistant vice president and general manager for its claims services division.

  • Bill Restricts Cell Use While Driving

    staff Writer

    Senator Ciotto, who sponsored the legislation, emphasized that the bill does not prohibit the use of cell phones while driving, but merely the use of hand-held mobile telephones.

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