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Before & After: Oso Washington Landslide

On March 22, 2014, a rain storm triggered a landslide in Oso, Wash. Numerous homes were destroyed in the landslide, which resulted in 24 deaths. The landslide created a dam that blocked the river, causing a barrier lake to form. …

Researcher Devises Cheap, Efficient Bedbug Trap

Researchers at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences created a bedbug trap that can be built with household items. All you need are two disposable plastic containers, masking tape and glue, said Phil Koehler, UF/IFAS urban …

Cause of Black Forest Fire May Never Be Determined

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says they might never know for sure how Colorado’s most destructive fire – the Black Forest Fire – started. He says smoking, a campfire and a train have all been ruled out as fire …

Transition: From Claims Adjuster to Claims Manager

An adjuster who wishes to transition to a management role should be ready to outline the company’s mission and objectives, said Marty Frappolli, senior director of Knowledge Resources for The Institutes. “For the claims handler who seeks to transition to …

Dollars & Sense

13 The record low number of boating fatalities for Louisiana in 2013, reported by state wildlife officials. The previous low for boating fatalities was 19 in 1992 with a high of 79 in 1974 — the first year boating incident …

The Great Recession’s Effect on Workers’ Compensation Claims Frequency: NCCI

The Great Recession of 2007-2009 was the most serious and long-lasting economic contraction since the Great Depression. The recession and its modest recovery had a considerable influence on workers’ compensation claim frequency, according to a new study by the National …

Vehicle Motor Accident Linked to Brain Miscalculation

Recent research by a Texas Tech University psychologist suggests that an object’s size affects distance perception, which could explain the basis of car drivers miscalculating motorcyclists’ distance and speed. The regularity of this problem isn’t necessarily a case of poor …

Business Moves

KKR, Mitchell KKR & Co., a private-equity firm, agreed to buy Mitchell International Inc. from Aurora Capital Group, a Los Angeles-based private-equity firm, in a transaction valued at more than $1 billion, including debt. Mitchell, based in San Diego, provides …

2013 Salvage Vendors Guide

Claims Journal is pleased to publish the 2013 Salvage Vendors Guide, designed to help claims professionals find service providers able to assist in the sale of salvage. For more information on this directory, contact Howard Simkin at hsimkin@claimsjournal.com. Amset Technical …

Dollars & Sense

$2.7 Million The amount of premium fraud tracked by Texas Mutual Insurance Co. in 2012. The company also reported 196 instances of confirmed employee fraud in the same year. The company, which also tracks healthcare provider fraud cases, said it …

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