January 2012 Windstorm Network Conference- Orlando, FL/ Also put to rest the rumor that attendee majority were public adjusters- see stats

September 22, 2011

The 2012 Windstorm Network Conference will be held in January 2012 in Orlando, FL from January 30, 2012 through February 2, 2012.

While researching the 2011 conference and attendees due to an upcoming opportunity to speak on behalf of ClaimSmentor to the 2012 network, I came across a most interesting blog entry putting to rest rumors even I had heard that the Windstorm network attendees are public adjusters in the majority of cases.

This article on the actual statistics put out by Attorney Chip Merlin, current Windstorm Network President,  dispells these rumors and shows that attendees are 4 to 1 dominated by independent claims personnel and staff claims personnel. I hope you find this article interesting when considering both sponsorship opportunities as well as attendance participation. All in all, I find it an outstanding networking opportunity for all parties concerned in wind topics which are important for all of us in the Property and Casualty claims industry:

http://www.propertyinsurancecoveragelaw.com/2011/03/articles/insurance/windstorm-insurance-networka-dominated-by-independent-and-company-adjusters/

Here is also the link for the January 2012 Membership and Conference Registration:
Membership- Click here

Conference Registration- Click here

 

 


Rimkus Consulting Group hosting 4th Annual Claims CE seminar in NC October 13, 2011 in Charlotte, NC

September 22, 2011

Thanks to ClaimSmentor Property and Casualty Linkedin Group member, Krista Weaver, AIC, AIS, Marketing Manager for Rimkus Consulting Group in Charlotte, NC for sharing with our ClaimSmentor group members information on their upcoming adjuster CE seminar to be held October 13, 2011 in Charlotte, NC.

For complete details for registration for this 4th annual claims ce seminar, click here.


Update 3 on Worley Catastrophe Adjusting firm Class Action Lawsuit- Altier vs Worley- Class Action Denied by Judge- see court documents

August 24, 2011

We are getting much interest in posts on the Worley class action lawsuit via internet searches leading folks to our blog thus I did a follow up today to see what new court documents could be located.

It is with much interest that I post this updated court document filed July 26, 2011 showing the federal case moved to Deny the Class Action Certification of the plaintiff adjusters. I find it very disturbing that the basis of the denial is that all of those adjusters working did not have signed employment contracts.

I lecture continually in our Fundamentals of Claims course for new adjusters about not going out without a signed contract due to the fact the contract is needed if there are non payment issues or disputes on fee received.

Here again is an entirely different reason for being sure you work under a signed employment contract with the adjusting firm:

http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/louisiana/laedce/2:2011cv00241/145020/187/

If you missed our original blog on the Altier vs Worley case and Update 2, here is a link to the prior blogs:

http://wp.me/p5Xno-zc

I do have a call in now to the plaintiff’s attorney for an update on the case as to what happens next. Apparently it is ongoing as I was just told all of the attorney’s on the case are out in depositions this week pertaining to the case but they would have someone call me back later today for an update.


Here is a link to North Carolina Windpool Independent Adjusting firms for Independents Looking for Work

August 24, 2011

Here is the link to the NC Wind pool Association’s list of 2011 Independent Adjusting firms for those wanting to get their resumes in early as Huricane Irene, now a Category 3 hurricane, approaches the projected North Carolina coast for those wishing to submit their resumes ahead of landfall:

http://ncjua-nciua.org/claims/2011%20Approved%20Adjusters%2020110404.pdf

Best Regards and be safe as you travel and work your new assignments!


Xactimate Training Options through Xactware Why take it anywhere but directly from the source!

August 17, 2011

Let’s talk Xactimate training!

I continue to be annoyed each and everytime I see another outrageous charge for Xactimate training by many sources who have little under their belt besides a few months to a few years of catastrophe adjusting.

First and foremost, before you pay any fee to any organization you need to verify through Xactware whether or not they are even Xactware certified to vouch for their expertise in the Xactimate programs. It is simple to do so, here is a link at Xactware where you can find instructors and verify if they have certified with them to teach a course to assure you are learning from a true and TESTED expert in this field: View list here

The second most important reason to take your training from an Xactimate certified instructor is due to the fact only XACTWARE can actually certify you in your training by truly testing your skills to verify you are adept at using their software. They offer Level I,  Level II, and Level III online certification tests. I have seen variations in requirements by adjusting firms asking adjusters to obtain their Level I and Level II and sometimes Level III certification. Thus, even if you paid an outrageous price from a non certified vendor and haven’t taken the certification level testing, it is worthless from the standpoint of securing the required Xactware certification.

You will also note that Xactware lists Certified users on their website which you can view here . It is without a doubt if I owned an independent adjusting firm and searching for qualified adjusters, I’d definitely start with this list which even shows the adjuster state of residence as well- what a find for an independent firm looking for good daily property adjusters!

The contact I received that prompted this blog post was from one of my favorite claims associations. They were proposing offering of Xactimate training by a source offering the class for $5,500.00 to the group thus the cost per participant would be apparently divided among the participants. The name of the trainer was not revealed in the email received and they could or could not be Xactware certified but I have let the group know my thoughts which was the very reason for the existence of ClaimSmentor to prevent the training abuses I have witnessed in the independent field by, in some cases, very poor trainers and very worthless certificates for attendance being given to class attendees. As a claim manager and knowing the problems existing out there with many of the training firms, a certificate of attendance at training is worthless when it isn’t backed up by proper testing to make sure you can actually produce a professional estimate and claim file.

It is almost certain trainee adjusters are spending upwards towards $10,000 dollars attending claim conferences, seminars, insurance carrier certification workshops and in the majority of their cases they have yet to receive their first assignment. It is actually shocking. More on this subject later.

In the meantime, I cannot stress enough that you should take your Xactimate training directly from the source. It is more cost effective, it accomplishes the need to properly get certified to your own advantage, and with all of the new options they have available through webinars, online training, self study training, and opportunities to take field classes you obtain the proper workbooks so you’ll have them on the road with your first assignments, but also find step by step guidelines to reference as needed.

The most common complaints I hear constantly from adjusters taking Xactimate courses from numerous other sources include but not limited to the fact that the trainer to student ratio is very poor, that hours into the first day are wasted while instructors have to load Xactware on adjusters computers who didn’t follow instructions to do so before classes, and that they walked away with no training material whatsoever for future references which is greatly needed when it may be months between your class instruction and when you actually receive your first assignments.

Listen folks, do yourselves a favor and take this training seriously. It isn’t he with the cheapest class or the class most convenient to your home that matters. If your estimates are not professional and properly formatted, as an independent you will earn NOTHING as your files will continue to be rejected for corrections. Over the years of running ClaimSmentor, I’ve heard countless number of stories from trainee adjusters who couldn’t cut it in the field and were released and sent home due to poor estimatics, poor estimating skills, and many other reasons we discuss in our Fundamentals of Claims courses.

Do the right thing for your own career.Here is the list of all programs Xactware offers on webinars and Xactimate training….run don’t walk to register through Xactware for all of your Xactimate training needs. I just cannot stress this enough. You can prevent becoming a victim of poor training without certification and have all of the options to meet your individual learning styles such as instructor lead, self study, webinars, etc all the while saving on those costly traveling expenses to attend field classes.

We continue to thank Xactware for the ever continuing effort they make with great progess I’d say in the last year or two to making Xactimate training options even more user friendly for adjusters today than ever before!

To all of you Xactimate users who have obtained your Level I, Level II, and even your Level III certification- my hat’s off to you for taking the professional route to learning the software. I understand there is a fee for each level of testing which is outlined on the Xactware site but for what it can do for your career and opportunities as well as your own comfort level- BRAVO to you!


TWIA- Texas Windpool- now offers 5 additional Claims Adjuster workshops in August and September 2011

August 10, 2011

We have just received a notice that Texas Windpool is offering 5 additional claims adjuster certification workshops in August and September 2011.

I am glad to see they are offering some outside of TX for your convenience. The following link also contains the information that you must be registered with one of the firms handling their claims and provides a website link for each firm.

It is my hope that you will consider the adjusting firms on that list who are ClaimSmentor sponsors which are Eberl Claims  and Crawford and Company (their KMConDemand.com) is also one of our sponsors. Four other names on the list are proactive participants on ClaimSmentor to include CNC-Resource, Pacesetter Claims, Wardlaw Claims, and NCA group.

Click HERE for the workshop and adjusting firm contact information. Please be sure to tell them you heard about this through ClaimSmentor since they are members too! We appreciate it!


Join the PLRB Eastern Conference in Baltimore,MD June 22-23, 2011

June 1, 2011

Here is the link to the upcoming PLRB Eastern Conference to be held in Baltimore, MD June 22-23, 2011.

I am always most impressed with the exhibitors who attend the PLRB conferences as an outstanding next working opportunity for adjusting firms, adjusters, and insurance companies alike. It is just unfortunate that independent adjusters can’t attend at a lower rate as many staff adjusters and claims managers can attend free due to their employer’s membership in PLRB as you’ll see on the registration links.

For all CE information, registration forms, and exhibitor information, you can view it on this link:

http://www.plrb-lirbregionals.com/2009defaultnew.cfm?mc=71


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