Articles by Denise Johnson

Insurers’ Drone Use Picks up After 2017 Hurricane Season

Insurers’ use of drones to inspect property claims came into full swing in 2017, after the FAA began issuing permission allowing commercial firms to operate unmanned aerial vehicles in designated U.S. airspace. Nearly a year later, while some insurers remain …

Startup Plans to Analyze Rising Sea Levels to Aid Florida Homeowners

From the frothy assault of the Atlantic Ocean to the placid trespass of the Lake Worth Lagoon, sea level rise is a mounting concern for South Florida property buyers who are turning to science, and private companies, for guidance. The …

White Paper Reveals Impact of Attorney Involvement on Workers’ Comp Claim Costs

Injured workers who hire attorneys to handle their workers’ comp claims tend to stay on temporary disability longer, according to a newly released white paper by CLARA Analytics, an artificial intelligence and data science company that specializes in machine learning …

Adjuster Licensing Requirements Onerous, Costly

How many states require licensing of staff and/or independent adjusters? As a carrier or an adjusting firm, if you don’t know, you just might be in violation. Currently, 34 states require independent adjusters be licensed to handle claims, while 15 …

What to Look for When Shopping for a Quality Claim Service

When looking to hire a third party vendor or administrator to handle claims, it’s important to consider the experience and history of not just the company, but also the claims handlers. That’s according to Kevin Quinley, founder and principal of …

California Supreme Court: Negligent Hiring is an Occurrence

In a decision that may have wide ranging effect on California employers, the California Supreme Court last week ruled that negligent hiring can be considered an occurrence. The coverage case made its way to the state’s highest court when the …

Best Inspection Program Incorporates Ground, Aerial Imagery

Dorado, Puerto Rico, Feb. 13, 2018–Blue roofs are visible in the town of Villa Santa in the municipality of Dorado. FEMA/K.C. Wilsey While aerial imagery offers the broadest range of images with the highest refresh rates, it isn’t usually at …

Business News: People Power, Insurity, Sunz Holdings

People Power Develops White-Label IoT Solutions for Insurers People Power, the Internet of Things (IoT) software company providing white-label solutions for home security, energy and care, announced an accelerated development initiative to refine the company’s leading IoT products for insurers. …

Ohio Woman Loses Suit Over Foliage Growing Near Stop Sign

A woman suing an Ohio city over foliage growing in front of a stop sign that she says caused her to have an accident has lost her fight in the state Supreme Court. According to court documents, Judith Pelletier was …

Drone Inspection Programs Offer Safety, Cost Saving Benefits

Insurers are increasingly using drones to inspect property damage, according to Cory Shelton, head of UAV Technology at Geomni, a Verisk business. In a recent interview with Claims Journal, he explained the pros and cons of using drones for property …