Claims Journal » News http://www.claimsjournal.com Insurance news and resources for the claims industry Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:39:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Risk and Insurance Experts Predict Thanksgiving NFL Winners, Losers http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2014/11/26/258298.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:01:33 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=258298 Ah, Thanksgiving. A time for family, good meals and joy – unless your team epically fails on national television, stirring your gut into an acidic cauldron of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mounting indigestion. It can be a risk to …

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Hawaii Beach Restoration Blamed for Injuries http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/west/2014/11/26/258284.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:05:25 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=258284 A man injured while surfing and another who became a quadriplegic after diving from a so-called “booze cruise” filed lawsuits against the state Monday, blaming their injuries on a project to widen an eroding section of Waikiki beach. The state …

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Baltimore Women Awarded $3.8M in Lead Paint Suit http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/east/2014/11/26/258282.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:56:11 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=258282 A jury has awarded more than $3.8 million to two Baltimore, Md., women who suffered permanent brain damage after being exposed to lead paint as babies. The Baltimore City Circuit Court jury reached that verdict after two hours of deliberations …

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Work Begins on Louisiana Levee Project http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/26/258228.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:49:38 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=258228 Terrebonne Parish flood protection planners are taking the first steps toward building the western footprint of the Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee system in Louisiana. The 98-mile system’s newest authorization from Congress earlier this year extended its footprint about16 miles west from the …

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Ferguson Businesses Torched in Overnight Protests http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/26/258280.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:48:11 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=258280 Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson, Mo., erupted over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown. Firefighters …

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Texas City Plans to Post Auto Theft Warning Signs From Insurance Council http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/26/258224.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:45:39 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=258224 Police officers in Liberty, Texas, will be putting up crime prevention signs in their city this week to help motorists prevent auto thefts and burglaries. Black Friday and the holiday shopping season is a great time for business retailers and …

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Pedestrian Discovers Hole in Vermont Bridge http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/east/2014/11/26/258278.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:38:54 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=258278 A 4-by-4-foot hole has forced part of a bridge to close in Brattleboro, Vermont. An engineer is expected to inspect the Elliot Street bridge over the Whetstone Brook on Tuesday. The Brattleboro Reformer reports the bridge was built in 1946 …

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Tennessee Earthquake Research Center Awarded Grant http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/26/258276.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:35:53 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=258276 The U.S. Geological Survey is awarding a $2 million grant to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis. The university says the three-year grant will help the center continue to monitor earthquakes in the central …

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Mississippi Man Accused in Construction Site Thefts http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southeast/2014/11/26/258274.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:33:42 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=258274 Authorities say a 37-year-old Long Beach, Miss., man arrested on two felony charges cut a chain-link fence to gain access twice to a condominium construction site, where he’s accused in the theft and attempted theft of a total of $5,000 …

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Texas Plans Hearings on Workers’ Comp Rates and Relativities http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/26/258233.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:53:32 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=258233 The Texas Department of Insurance has scheduled public hearings to review rates charged by insurers for workers’ compensation insurance in this state, and to consider revised Texas workers’ compensation classification relativities. The hearings will proceed consecutively, and will begin at …

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New Jersey Red Light Camera Critic and Supporter Plan to Tour Facility http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/east/2014/11/26/258266.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:47:46 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=258266 The most ardent critic of New Jersey’s red light camera program is scheduled to meet with one of the program’s biggest supporters. Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon is to travel to Linden on Monday afternoon for a tour of the facility where …

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Albuquerque Police Ramp up Patrols on Black Friday http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/26/258264.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:43:00 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=258264 Albuquerque, N.M., police say their officers will be working overtime after Thanksgiving in anticipation of the Black Friday shopping rush. Police spokesman Tanner Tixier tells KOAT-TV that stores and shoppers on Friday can represent a “target-rich environment” for opportunistic thieves. …

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Texas Woman Acquitted in Fiancé’s Death; GM Ignition-Switch Blamed http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/26/258220.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:40:49 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=258220 A Texas woman who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of her fiancé in a 2004 accident involving a since-recalled General Motors Saturn Ion won a reversal of her conviction. Candice Anderson, who was seriously injured in the …

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Wisconsin Train Derailment That Caused $3.1M in Damage Due to Human Error http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/midwest/2014/11/26/258218.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:36:35 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=258218 A two-train collision and derailment last July in southeastern Wisconsin was caused by human error when the rear of a freight train was unintentionally backed onto another rail line, according to reports submitted to federal transportation officials. Incident reports released …

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Atlantic Hurricane Season Ending http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2014/11/26/258252.htm Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:21:45 +0000 http://www.claimsjournal.com/?p=258252 This year’s relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season is coming to an end. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that this season, which began June 1 and ends Sunday, matched forecasters’ predictions. The agency recorded a total of eight named …

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