Articles by Denise Johnson

Self-Driving Uber SUV Involved in Arizona Accident

Officials say a self-driving Uber SUV was operating on its own when it was struck by another vehicle making a left turn at an intersection in Arizona, where the company is testing autonomous vehicles. No one was seriously injured. Uber …

Coverage Dispute Handling Has Evolved in 25 Years

Changes in response time, the way research is conducted and the sources of bad faith have all impacted how coverage is evaluated, according to a panel discussion conducted by the American Bar Association’s Trial and Insurance Program Session. The program …

Texas Residents Face Rising Federal Flood Insurance Rates

The cost of federal flood insurance is expected to rise for thousands of Houston, Texas, homeowners as Congress looks to overhaul a program that’s billions of dollars in debt. The National Flood Insurance Program provides coverage to more than 300,000 …

Jewelry Crime Spree Across Multiple States Reported in January

A rise in jewelry store thefts in January, compared to prior months, was reported by the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, according to Jewelers’ Mutual Insurance Company. The insurer often reports on jewelry store thefts and provides tips to thwart would-be thieves. …

Gatlinburg, Tenn. Wildfire Hits Home With Adjuster Born and Raised in the Area

Residents and tourists were unprepared for a devastating wildfire that whipped through Gatlinburg, Tenn., last fall. Winds topping 87 miles per hour fanned the flames that began in the Smoky Mountains and quickly spread through the mountain town, destroying homes …

Better Understanding of Cyber Threats, Policies Needed

An increase in spearfishing and ransomware, coupled with weakened data security due to more connected and mobile devices, means businesses and insurers need to understand and protect against these threats. That’s according to an expert panel discussion held during the …

‘Personal Comfort Doctrine’ Applies to Allow Pennsylvania Amputee’s Workers’ Comp Claim

A Pittsburgh Airport ramp agent, who sustained a serious leg injury that required amputation, should receive workers’ compensation for her injury despite an insurer’s argument that the injury didn’t happen while she was on duty, according to an opinion issued …

AIG’s Hancock to Resign Once Successor is Found

Peter D. Hancock, president and chief executive officer, has informed AIG’s Board of Directors of his intention to resign. As part of the transition plan, Hancock will remain as CEO until a successor has been named. The Board of Directors …

The Impact of Autonomous Cars on Claims

Fewer auto adjusters, more product liability claims and changes to crash investigations are just some of the changes that may occur as self-driving cars take to the road, according to Kevin Quinley, founder and principal of Quinley Risk Associates. In …

Documenting Subrogation Loss Means Getting Lots of Photos

There are never enough photos when it comes to a subrogation claim, according to Cozen O’Connor subrogation attorneys Joseph Rich and Richard Maleski. During a firm webinar, Building a Better Subro Claim:  Best Ways for Adjusters to Help, the two …