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How Texas Insurance Industry Can Manage Never-Ending Hail Problem

Texas has a hail problem. OK, from an insurance perspective, Texas has a weather problem, period, but that’s another story altogether. Back to hail. On June 6, a hailstorm walloped heavily populated areas of North Texas with baseball sized hail …

Marijuana, Opioids Found in High Percentage of Drivers Killed in Car Crashes

More than half of drivers killed in car accidents who were tested for drugs had marijuana, opioids or a combination of the two in their system, according to a new report. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report found that …

Auto Claims Will Again Drive Increase in P/C Insurers’ Losses in 2017: S&P

Private auto net incurred losses will increase by nearly 7 percent in 2017 to a new record of approximately $154 billion, reflecting elevated volume and costs of claims, according to a new S&P Global market outlook. According to the U.S. …

Drug Use at Work at Highest Rate in 12 Years

Drug use in the American workforce, fueled by illicit drugs including cocaine, reached the highest positivity rate in 12 years last year, according to an analysis of more than 10 million workforce drug test results. Overall positivity in drug testing …

60% of Workers’ Spinal Fusion Claims Initially Reported as Strains: Study

A study on the use of spinal fusion surgeries in California workers’ compensation shows that in 60 percent of spinal fusion claims the initial report of injury was for a sprain or strain, a majority of the fusions occurred within …

17 Million Homes Located in Environmental High Danger Zones

Millions of homes and condominiums across the country are in high danger zones for environmental hazards. According to the Environmental Hazards Housing Risk Index, produced by ATTOM Data Solutions, 17.3 million single family homes and condos with a combined estimated …

Louisiana Flooding to Cost Economy $10 Billion; 80% of Damaged Homes Uninsured

The total economic losses of the recent Louisiana floods will be in the range of $10-15 billion, according to Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team. Public and private insured losses were expected to be in the low-digit single …

How Employer Finances Affect Workplace Safety

More than 3.5 million workplace injuries and illnesses occur each year in the United States, costing an estimated $250 billion annually. A new study from the University of Texas at Dallas examined how financing constraints impact workplace safety and the …

Doctors Warn On Kids’ Vision Loss from Laser Pointers

Used incorrectly, laser pointers can damage the retina of the eye and may cause some irreversible vision loss, according to researchers who treated four boys for these injuries. Doctors, teachers and parents should be aware that this can happen, and …

Companies Slow to Deploy Data, Technology to Detect Fraud: KPMG

Fraudsters are more often caught by tip-offs and complaints, management review, accidentally, suspicious superiors and internal audits than by use of technology and data analytics. According to consulting firm KPMG, North companies are not capitalizing on the use of data …