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Biohazard Cleanups Not Pretty—and Neither Are the Costs to Insurers

If Peter Duncanson is on the scene, it’s probably not pretty. It could be a CSI-like crime scene with spattered blood and skin fragments on the sofa and wall. Or a trauma scene where an injured employee or animal traipsed …

Adding Safety Technology to an Older Car

Old cars can learn new tricks. For a few hundred dollars, drivers can add new safety technology – like forward collision warning systems or backup cameras – to older cars. Cars are lasting longer than ever thanks to improving quality. …

WCRI: Provider Choice Increases Back Injury-Related Workers’ Comp Costs

A new study released by Mass.-based Workers Compensation Research Institute outlines the effect of provider choice policies on workers’ compensation costs. The study reviews the relationship between workers’ compensation costs and provider choice laws. Data on workers’ comp injuries that …

Supreme Court Rejects GM Appeal of Ignition Switch Ruling

The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that one plaintiffs’ attorney said could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims. The …

Fraud News: Bragging on the Golf Course and Driver Switch Scam

Montana Man Brags About Workers’ Comp Benefits While on the Golf Course Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced the conviction of a man charged with fraudulently collecting nearly two years’ worth of workers’ compensation benefits from the Montana State Fund. …

Ignition Interlock Laws Reduce Alcohol-Involved Fatal Crashes

State laws requiring ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders appear to reduce the number of fatal drunk driving crashes, a new study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Colorado School of Public Health researchers suggests. The …

Sobriety Checkpoints Reduce Drunk Driving Better Than Increased Penalties

Driving while impaired (DWI) causes more than 10,000 deaths per year in the United States. Although enforcing criminal sanctions for DWI is the traditional response, the success of these measures has been inconsistent. This study looked at risk perceptions as …

People News: Auto-Owners, Concord General, CAIF

Auto-Owners Insurance, Concord General Mutual Insurance Affiliation Approved Auto-Owners Insurance and Concord General Mutual Insurance announce that their affiliation has been approved effective April 1, 2017, by policyholders and all regulatory bodies. Auto-Owners is an A.M. Best A++ (Superior) rated …

TrueMotion Offers New App to Reduce Distracted Driving

In an effort to combat distracted driving and reward good driving behavior, TrueMotion introduced Mojo. The new mobile app uses competition, gamification and financial incentives to help drivers kick the distraction habit, according to a company press release. Through other …

Survey: Major Disruption Expected in Claims

Engaging customers and improved claims processes are the top goals for innovating the claims customer service experience, according to a new survey of 400 insurance executives released by Insurance Nexus. The insurance research and analysis firm found that 78 percent …

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