Hurricane Dean – Info on Adjusting firms working in Mexico, Misc adjuster needs in Mexico

August 20, 2007

We’ve done a bit of research for those of you asking for information on working losses in Mexico due to Hurricane Dean making landfall in Mexico. While we are not yet staffing for a firm planning to work there, we have done some initial research for adjusters on firms that do work there.

We also include links on visas, work permits, auto insurance needs, internet services you will need and cell phone coverage information. We’ll do additional checking tomorrow should the need arise for additional information and will post it in reply to this topic. Should you have additional information for adjusters wishing to work in Mexico on Hurricane Dean claims, please provide reply comments below we’ll post to aid in their search for work on Hurricane Dean losses. For example, I was not able to locate information on estimatic software used while adjusting claims, book value guides for Mexico which might be helpful to auto adjusters, and a few major other items such as Errors and Omissions coverage for adjusters going over, workers comp coverage issues while working there, and Mexico insurance adjuster license requirements. We’d appreciate any details our readers can provide. Here are the links you may wish to view if your considering assignments:

First see this article which says US Insurance adjusters can’t go to Mexico to adjust claims so tells RV owners to drive their RV to nearest point in US for inspection:

http://www.aonrecreation.com/ardhome.aspx?_act=display&_con=RVing%20In%20Mexico

Crawford and Company- Mexico location contact info

http://www.crawfordandcompany.com/content.aspx?CID=222&SID=7#Mexico

Cunningham Lindsey Mexico Contact Info

http://www.cunninghamlindsey.com/office_locator.asp?country=Belize

GAB Robins-handles claims in US and Mexico:

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-138311034.html

Coast Claims

http://www.coastclaimsadjusting.com/aboutus.htm

Jeremy Bellemy Adjusting Co

http://www.jimbellamy.com/

Risk Mexico

http://www.riskmexico.com/eng/ctc.asp

Spencer Claim Service

http://www.spencerclaimsservice.com/

Claim Service Guide with contact information- may be able to locate adjusting firms here: (Also see Legal guide on this site.

http://www.igib.com/claim_service.html

Mexico Insurance Professionals out of AZ may be able to provide some adjusting firm names:

http://www.rockypointdirectory.com/mexican_insurance.htm

Temporary Vehicle permits needed to go beyond 15 miles of border- Link to order permit online:

http://www.mexicoinsuranceconsultants.com/Travel.aspx

What personal things are you allowed to bring in

http://www.mexicoinsuranceconsultants.com/Travel.aspx

Pemex Gasoline only allowed in Mexico

http://www.mexicoinsuranceconsultants.com/Travel.aspx

Passport / Permit info for Mexico

http://www.mexicoinsuranceconsultants.com/faq.aspx

Passport needed if flying/ permit if driving:

http://studenttravel.about.com/od/mexicostudenttravel/f/border_mexico.htm

Frontier Airlines- to 7 Mexico Cities from 13 US Locations

http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/stories/2007/08/13/daily3.html?jst=b_ln_hl

Excellent advice on Auto Insurance needs if going to Mexico:

http://www.mexpro.com/press/dsun062006.php

Driving in Mexico and your US Insurance may not cover you- FAQ:

http://www.mexadventure.com/MexicanInsurance/Frequently_Asked_Questions.CFM

Tips for Driving in Mexico:

http://www.mexicantouristpro.com/in_mexico/driving.html

FAQ- Can you take a rental car from US to Mexico:

http://www.riskmanagement.ucsb.edu/faqs/mexico.htm#19

Work Permits to work in Mexico

http://www.mexperience.com/liveandwork/working_mexico.htm

Mexican Visas

http://www.mexperience.com/liveandwork/immigration.htm

Summary of differences in Auto and Property policies in Mexico vs US coverage

http://www.ontheroadin.com/travelinnformation/comparingusandmexicoinsurance.htm

Sample of a Mexico policy for auto coverage

http://www.mexinsure.com/coverage_terms_and_conditions.php

US Consulant General Mexico- More info on VISAS/Work permits

http://ciudadjuarez.usconsulate.gov/wwwhnivtnlist.html

TN Visas for Mexican and Canadian Disaster Insurance Adjusters

http://www.visaus.com/tnfaq.html

Mexico Business Visitors rules

http://pubweb.fdbl.com/ihp8/global/media85.nsf/public-country-briefs/mexico?opendocument

HIgh Speed Internet Providers in Mexico

http://www.google.com/search?q=+high+speed+internet+service+in+mexico&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7GGLJ

Cell phone coverage in Mexico

http://www.google.com/search?q=Cell+phone+coverage+in+mexico&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7GGLJ

US Consulate- Travel Accommodation Guidelines for Mexico June 2007

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html

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Here is the latest Bloomberg report put out just after midnight with lots of facts and info on the territories and population in Mexico where the eye wall is approaching now:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aLnbekJbtTik&refer=home

Thank you to Claims Magazine Managing Editor, Eric Gilkey for requesting to link to this blog entry in their breaking news feature here:

http://www.claimsmag.com/cms/Claims/Breaking%20News/2007/08/21-mexican%20claims

9/1/07- Update- here is another contact for adjusters on another firm operating in Mexico:

Mexico City


Felipe Ramírez
Orizaba 32
Col. Roma Norte
Del. Cuauhtemoc
Mexico City
Mexico
C.P 06700
+52 55 3000 1880
+52 55 3000 1889
felipe.ramirez@charlestayloradj.com

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New storm expected for East Coast of FL and ClaimSmentor Class Schedule Updates

August 20, 2007

We’ve all been tracking Dean’s expected landfall which is no longer projected for landfall in the US.

Here is an updated alert for a new storm showing a projected path for the US Fl East coast.

http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200792_model.html#a_topad

Here is another report calling this newest storm Invest 92L (scroll below the Hurricane Dean update) for the 9pm update:

http://flhurricane.com/

**Update 8/22/07 3:12 pm- Fox news is reporting possible announcement of TS Felix by late this week. Here is an outstanding new link shared with us by DWilliamson which has great graphics which shows 2 tropical disturbances today: http://ralphstropicalweather.homestead.com:80/RalphTropicalWeatherOut.html

We’ll update our blog entry tomorrow. We’ve been tied up in staffing projects. Please note the Marine Manager candidate submissions have been completed. There is a potential for additional Marine adjusters down the road once the final candidate selection is made for the Marine Manager from the final candidate pool.  We are still accepting resumes for aviation adjusters at this time as well as Citizens FL experienced adjusters, catastrophe adjusters for our rosters, and daily claims adjusters nationwide for future opportunities. View our previous blog on FAQ  here for resume submission information.

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Update on ClaimSmentor online class schedule:

Next 40 hour Fundamentals of Claims class begins 8/27/2007. Class will be held Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-9pm CST in our online Live classroom. This course includes all Self Study training guides shown on the training tab at our staffing firm site.This class consists of 24 hours live online classes and 16 hours of pre-class reading assignments and homework for practical experience. This is not an estimatics course with the exception that 1 of the 8 lessons does cover estimatic reconciliation issues to resolve disputes on estimates. The remainder of the class covers many other topics you need to know before working claims to include ALE training, complaint handling, file requirements, mock zoning and disaster practice session, and much more .

8/22/07-  6-9pm CST- Contents Claim handling class. Includes Contents Claim handling self study guide for field reference.

8/28 and 8/29/07- Additional Living Expense claim training. Two night session which includes the Additional Living Expense self study guide for field reference.

8/31/07- 8 am –11 am CST- Fl Condo Claim handling class. Includes self study guide for field reference.

If you are in need of these classes and not yet a ClaimSmentor member, you will find registration information needed to register here. We also offer these classes in the field for adjusting firms or groups of students. Contact us at  ClaimSmentor should your firm need field assistance presenting these field classes for pricing. ClaimSmentor members will find the course information in our Training Sessions-Roots and Wings Forum with a complete description of each training course.