Claims and Costs News

Buyer’s Market Brewing for Cars Deemed Total Losses After Hurricanes

The ink on the “total loss” insurance paperwork, like the 2007 Range Rover itself, was still wet when Morgan Moran began trying to buy his vehicle back after Hurricane Matthew last year. The insurance adjustor had declared the vehicle ruined …

Prison for Man Accused of Bilking Insurers Out of $600,000 in Staged Crash Scam

A Haitian man who federal prosecutors say was the ringleader of an auto insurance scam involving as many as 50 staged car crashes was sentenced Monday to four years in prison and ordered to pay $207,000 in restitution. Mackenzy Noze, …

Improving Unrepresented Third Party Claim Settlements Quickly and Easily

Claims adjusters are extremely busy – with many assigned more than 100 claims per month. But most adjusters are working on more than just adjusting the claims assigned to them and are frequently assigned other tasks. Unfortunately, over-worked adjusters who …

Appellate Lawyers as Claim Consultants at Any Stage of Litigation

We often see lead trial counsel as the “star”: the top performer in the courtroom, at the mediation, in the deposition room or at other informal venues before trial. He or she “shines” and sells your defenses to a jury …

Fall Deaths at Separate Construction Sites Spark Call for Safety

Two construction workers, one of them a father of five children, fell to their deaths at separate building sites on Thursday. The first death occurred in the morning at a residential high-rise construction site in the financial district. Juan Chohillo …

Fraud News: Fake Property Claim, Staged Crashes and Workers’ Comp Fraud

Mississippi Woman Arrested for Insurance Fraud A woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to defraud an insurance company by claiming her property was destroyed in a fire at her home in Mississippi. Attorney General Jim Hood, in a news …

Insurer Says It Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Medical Marijuana in Maine Case

The Maine supreme court on Wednesday began considering whether a paper millworker left suicidal by narcotic painkillers should receive workers’ compensation for medical marijuana. It’s the first time the court has considered the question of insurance reimbursement for medical marijuana. …

Cat Loss Update: 3 Weeks Post-Harvey

Three weeks after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, claims tallies and the storm’s financial impact are beginning to be calculated. The Insurance Council of Texas estimated $19 billion in insured losses resulting from Hurricane Harvey. The ICT reports massive …

Ridesharing Technology Eases Transportation, Continuity of Care Burden in Workers’ Comp

Digital devices and mobile applications are breathing new life into traditional workers’ compensation services—this was a key takeaway from the session, “Ridesharing Technology: Transforming Transportation in Workers’ Compensation,” presented at the 2017 California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference in Dana …

Seat Belt Defense In All 50 States

Subrogation professionals must become familiar with an increasingly used defense in the litigation of auto insurance subrogation cases. Even if the insured is totally free from fault in the operation of the insured’s auto, not wearing a seat belt could …