Articles by Denise Johnson

Autonomous Cars’ Effect on Auto, Cyber Insurance

Autonomous vehicles are expected to shake up the property/casualty market, as personal auto insurance premiums drop and cyber insurance steps in. As drivers look forward to a future of eating, reading and watching movies while being transported to destinations around …

Sharing Economy, Joint Employer Definition Add to Increasing EPLI Exposure

The sharing economy has blurred the line between employees and independent contractors, according to experts who spoke during Marsh’s New Reality of Risk webinar yesterday. The webinar, Managing Wage and Hour and Employment Practices Risks, focused on how employers can …

Communication Imperative to Cost Effective Panel Management

Communication, data collection and analysis are key drivers to a successful litigation management program, according to Vince Venturella, product manager with Wolters Kluwer Enterprise Legal Management (ELM) Solutions. A 2015 study on panel management and performance conducted by ELM Solutions, …

Experts Say Identify Comorbidities Early to Control Workers’ Comp Claims Costs

Workers’ compensation case severity can be tackled by recognizing and treating comorbidities early, according to industry experts. Case severity scoring and other predictive analytic tools can assist adjusters in identifying potentially problematic claims. Inside Workers’ Comp, a Genex multimedia series, …

People News: Besnia, Bronstein, Mangold, Sparro

Besnia Joins Great American Insurance Group as Divisional Vice President Cincinnati-based Great American Insurance Group named Kerry Besnia divisional vice president within Great American’s Property and Casualty Group. In his new role, Besnia will be focused on developing new distribution …

Effort to Emphasize Campus Housing Fire Safety Continues

As college campuses across the country welcome students back to school, federal and state officials vow to improve fire safety. The statistics are troubling. The University of Colorado, Boulder reported that in 2014 there were 242 campus housing fires resulting …

Faked Invoice Leads to Felony Charge, Restitution in Texas Hail Suit

A hail damage lawsuit referred to the Texas Department of Insurance on suspicion of fraud resulted in an indictment and subsequent restitution. In a recent Fraud File podcast interview, Steven Badger, a partner with Zelle LLP’s Dallas office, explained how …

Implementing Claims Best Practices Requires Careful Thought

While having claims best practices can benefit an insurer, it’s important that claims management review and evaluate their reasonableness on a regular basis, according to Kevin Quinley, founder and principal of Quinley Risk Associates. In a recent Claims Journal podcast …

Window Covering Makers May Finally Go Cordless to Avert Child Strangulation Deaths

Window covering cords have been the cause of more than 800 deaths of children globally, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The hidden hazard occurs when a child gets entangled within the loose cords. In 2014, the federal …

Staying Ahead of Workplace Violence by Identifying Behaviors of Concern

In most incidents involving violence in the workplace, there are warning signs that precede an event, according to Jim Satterfield, president, COO and founder of crisis coaching firm Firestorm. According to a Firestorm survey, more than 90 percent of employees …