Articles by Denise Johnson

Safety Campaign Reminds Homeowners of Hazards Related to CSST Gas Tubing

Lightning strikes occur approximately 25 million times each year in the U.S., as reported by the National Severe Storms Laboratory. As summer approaches, storm producing lightning strikes could threaten millions of homes nationwide, according to Jim Narva, executive director of …

Liability Questions Arise After Florida Alligator Attack

After the death of a Nebraska toddler killed by an alligator at Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort last week, there are questions of who is at fault in the incident. The parents of Lane Graves said they are overwhelmed by …

Tackling First Notice of Loss Claims Assignments With Technology

Assigning claims upon receipt of the first notice of loss (FNOL) can be a cumbersome process. Evaluating an adjuster’s file load, availability and appropriate state licensing can be time consuming and may delay initial contact with the claimant or policyholder. …

Zika Risk May Lead to Limited Insurance Coverage for Sporting Events

Continued Zika virus warnings may dampen summer sporting events, such as the Summer Olympics which is set to be hosted by Rio de Janeiro in August, as insurers weigh the risk of insuring such events in the midst of another …

Predictive Analytics Help Wayward Workers’ Comp Claims

High complexity claims account for the majority of dollars spent in workers’ compensation claims. One way to identify high exposure claims early is by using predictive analytics. Using analytics, carriers can spot problem cases and direct them to a more …

Texas Not the Only State Impacted by Barrage of Hail Lawsuits

In the last few years, hail damage lawsuits have crowded Texas courts. Using the same model employed in the Lone Star state, hail damage litigation is beginning to impact other states where large hail events have occurred, including Colorado, Oklahoma …

Tire Blowouts Inevitable as 38M Americans Embark on Memorial Day Weekend Road Trips

An estimate by the National Safety Council suggests there could be as many as 439 deaths and an additional 50,500 serious injuries from auto crashes during the three-day Memorial Day holiday period. With more than 38 million Americans expected to …

Pedestrian Safety Focus of Multi-Agency Forum

Pedestrian fatalities increased six percent in the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014, according to preliminary figures provided by Dr. Richard Retting, a national practice leader for safety and research at Sam Schwartz Consulting. …

Ladder Safety Education Key to Reducing Falls

A significant number of workers’ compensation claims are related to the careless use of ladders, according to the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America. The insurer reviewed its claims data and found more than 1,660 ladder fall claims occurred between …

Disaster Fraud Rampant After Floods, Hurricanes

This year, extensive flooding has already affected parts of Texas and Louisiana. With more rain producing floods forecasted for the southern part of the U.S. this spring, the likelihood of disaster fraud increases. Disaster-related fraud affects auto, homeowners and commercial …