Claims Magazine-September 2008

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  • Speaking Of : Medical Fraud

    Christina Bramlet

    In Andrew Carothers, M.D., P.C. v. Allstate Insurance, et. al, a jury unanimously found that a medical professional corporation was owned and controlled by parties other than the physician whose name appeared on the certificate of incorporation.

  • Third-Party Claims

    Tim Lynch

    Sixteen states require that the insurer send an acknowledgment of the receipt of the claim.

  • Raising Location IQ

    Bill Sinn

    Let's face it. The insurance industry has never been considered an early adopter of emerging technologies.

  • Proactive Investigations

    Jeffrey Sweat

    As with anything in life, certain individuals, regardless of their socioeconomic status, will only do what is inspected of them, not necessarily what is expected of them.

  • Order from Chaos

    Bill Nadal

    In the early 1990s, the claim industry received a startling wake-up call. There were thousands of accidents involving SUVs that flipped.

  • Sifting Through the Ash

    Derek Pumphrey

    The Southern California wildfires of 2007 were far more devastating than most homeowners could ever imagine.

  • Defining Distress

    Kelly Maheu

    There was a time when courts applied the Draconian rule of categorically denying recovery for emotional distress related to witnessing another person's injury or fearing for another person's safety.

  • B-Ballers Beware

    Staff Writer

    For fans of vintage NBA matchups, this year's final between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers was a welcome treat.

  • CATMobile Patrols East Coast

    Christina Bramlet

    To better serve the needs of its policyholders following a catastrophe, Unitrin's property and casualty insurance business Kemper has added a customized 32-foot class-a motor coach Winnebago to its claim department.

  • Who's Behind the Helmet?

    Christina Bramlet

    When asked to choose between companionship and the thrill of the open road, many bikers opted for the latter.

  • Fewer Miles, Fewer Claims?

    Eric Gilkey

    When U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters announced that Americans drove 10 billion fewer miles in May 2008 than in May 2007, she was sounding the alarm.

  • Build Responsibly

    Christina Bramlet

    Embracing the logic that mitigating disaster-related damages begins with promoting more durable dwellings, the U.S. House has approved the Community Building Code Administration Grant Act.

  • Worst Insurer Revealed

    Patrick Stevenson

    Allstate ranked as the worst insurer for consumers, according to the results of an investigation conducted by the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

  • Hood Claims Victory in Mississippi

    Eric Gilkey

    Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has officially ended the state's battle with State Farm and Nationwide over claims stemming from Hurricane Katrina.

  • Perception Versus Reality

    Eric Gilkey

    While attending the Worker's Compensation Educational Conference last month in Orlando, I woke to a sound of a percolating coffee pot.

  • What Lies Ahead

    Ken Brownlee

    As I look into my dirty coffee cup, I see a changing world ahead.

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