ClaimSmentor Property and Casualty Group- Join us on Linkedin! Social media updates and stats for ClaimSmentor

August 17, 2011

We continue to grow our ClaimSmentor Property and Casualty group by leaps and bounds!

Thank you to all of our members participating at all of our various social media outlets.

Here is where we are today in our efforts to grow our membership in support of professional training and education opportunities as well as current event updates of interest to Property and Casualty claims personnel from the trainee adjuster to the claim executive level:

Here at our blog at www.dimechimes.wordpress.com which is our ClaimSmentor blog we have now surpassed 236,000 views with the hottest topic always adjuster salaries. I’ll post our 25 hottest topics by number of views which are often directed our way through search engines in the next few days.

My favorite social media site is at Linkedin where you will find us for networking in two locations. First is my own personal profile at:

www.linkedin.com/in/claimSmentor

as well as our ClaimSmentor Property and Casualty group which we’d love to have you also join us for news you can use as well as posting of many job opportunities. Here is the link to our Linkedin group (note you first have to become a member of Linkedin yourself. We only approve those with completed linkedin profiles to verify they are “linkedin” to the claims industry:

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/ClaimSmentor-Property-Casualty-Claims-Group-1820952?gid=1820952

We have almost reached 1600 members on my personal Linkedin profile and almost 1,000 now in our new ClaimSmentor P & C group on Linkedin.

Twitter- now at over 1,200 followers at http://www.twitter.com/ClaimSmentor

Facebook- www.facebook.com/dimechimesclaims

Please note you can also subscribe to this blog to be notified of new posts if you wish to follow along with important news in the claims industry! Just look for the FOLLOW button at the top of our blog to sign up!

Thank you to all of our members for networking with us!

 

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Mark your calendars now to attend the National Association of Catastrophe Adjusters 2011 claim conference -January 2011 in Daytona Beach, FL

August 17, 2010
NACA www.nacatadj.org

NACA National Association of Catastrophe Adjusters

Don’t miss the opportunity to host as a sponsor, exhibitor, vendor or just attend the annual NACA National Association of Catastrophe Adjusters claims conference held this coming year in Daytona Beach, FL January 10, 2011 through January 13, 2011. I am very excited it will be held close to home in Florida this year!

This is an outstanding opportunity to meet many adjusting firms looking for great independent adjusters and obtain your annual CE credits at the same time.

ClaimSmentor will be manning a booth in the exhibit hall this year and look forward to getting to meet many of you attending in person finally! Use our ClaimSmentor invitation code when you register so they know your associated with our group. Our code is 377:

http://www.nacatadj.info/naca/html/convention.aspx

I’ve said it in the past and it bears repeating now that this is the best claims convention I support fully due to the high quality of the many classes they host at the convention along with outstanding opportunities for networking with other independent adjusters and adjusting firms. Well worth the cost of attending!

We support NACA as they are very mentor friendly- we hope you’ll join NACA and support their mentor program for adjusters as well!

http://www.nacatadj.info/naca/html/mentor_program.aspx

They are strong supporters of ClaimSmentor and we definitely appreciate their support!


Will the real Ken Feinburg- BP Pay Czar on 20B BP Fund please advise- Who is handling the claims when you take over- 2 entirely different quotes from you this week

August 6, 2010

This is just unbelievable! If it isn’t strange enough that hundreds of experienced adjusters have applied to work BP claims and can get no where the hopes were out there in the adjusting community that as soon as Ken Feinburg who has been appointed to take over the BP 20B fund administration this month that possibly more opportunities would present themselves for experienced adjusters to deploy to handle these claims.

In two different sources this week, we have Ken Feinburg alleged to be quoted with two entirely different versions of who will be handling the claims! It sure would be nice to clear this up and let the claims industry know – do we stay or do we go?

The first article published August 5, 2010 by Claims Magazine quotes Ken Feinburg as saying he will continue to use ESIS to handle the claims and expand that service if necessary in this article:

http://www.claimsmag.com/Exclusives/2010/8/Pages/Our-QA-With-Ken-Feinberg.aspx

It says in part on page 3 of the 4 page web exclusive article:

” Who will work for you on this project? Will you hire contract or independent adjusting companies?  

Right now, we are going to use the people that BP has contracted with and put into place. If we need more [personnel], then we will simply add to the resources that they are using now. (*Editor’s Note: BP is currently using Worley Catastrophe) I am sure that we will add the staff as we need to in the future as we improve the process. 

Next we have the website Pro Publica (their motto is Journalism in the Public interest) publishing an article only a few hours later on August 5, 2010 also quoting Ken Feinburg saying he is replacing ESIS with two other firms (non adjusting firms) who helped in prior mass claim settlements. The article in part quotes a BP spokes woman who confirms and says:

” Patricia Wright, a spokeswoman for BP, confirmed that ESIS would be replaced, and said that the decision was made by Feinberg without BP’s involvement. She said that BP was continuing to pay claims and that ESIS would stay on the job while BP retained control of the process. “Our contractors will continue to work until we transition,” Wright said.

The companies that will replace ESIS, Garden City Group and the law firm BrownGreer, both specialize in the resolution of mass claims. BrownGreer was previously hired by Feinberg [3] as a fee and expense analyst during his tenure as the executive pay czar overseeing compensation at banks that were bailed out by the federal government. “

Here are the links to the two companies named if you want to do your own further research:

Garden City Group headquartered in Melville, MY- Business week shows them as a subsidiary of Crawford and Company :

http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=1004650

and Crawford and Company also has information up on their website about Garden City Group here:

http://www.crawfordandcompany.com/content.aspx?CID=374&SID=2

  http://www.gcginc.com/pages/case_archive_search.php  (Says they are a class action law firm- this links takes you to an archive of numerous cases they have handled. Their home page says they employ over 400 nationwide).

Law Firm BrownGreer: Their website as well shows proactive involvement in claims administration of class action settlement cases to include Vioxx.

http://www.browngreer.com/who.htm

Contact information for BrownGreer:

BrownGreer plc

115 S. 15th Street
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23219-4209

Main Number: 804.521.7200
Fax: 804.521.7299

Email: information@browngreer.com

Employment Opportunities: hrdept@browngreer.com

Now here’s another new twist- while researching BrownGreer who apparently has worked with the Feinburg firm before, I found a June 25, 2010 news release quoting the business manager for BrownGreer who confirmed back in June that Feinburg had hired them to take incoming claims information from the BP claimants. Here’s what she says in part in the article:

” Lynn Greer, a partner at BrownGreer, emailed a brief statement about her firm’s involvement in the BP claims process.

“BrownGreer PLC is assisting Ken Feinberg as the Administrator of the Independent Claims Facility established for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” Greer said in the email.”

Here is a link to this full article out of Richmond where BrownGreer is home based:

http://www.richmondbizsense.com/2010/06/25/local-firm-lands-bp-claims-work/

VIP- BrownGreer does have a job posting up on their career link looking for a claims reviewer here (requires a Bachelor’s degree) and it says they are accepting applications until August 12, 2010:

http://www.browngreer.com/images/pdfs/claimsreviewer_072910.pdf

I’ve made contact with a few sources working in BP claims offices and they knew that ESIS was going but have been told that does not apply to Worley that they are aware of. The adjusters there now do wear badges saying they work for ESIS.

Well, hopefully we will all know soon if independent adjusters through Worley and/or through these two new firms above will be used. The BrownGreer firm already shows they have analysts and claims reviewers on their staff on their career link.

More tomorrow on BP Claims statistics and more conflicting information on what will or will not be paid based on additional news articles under the new 20B BP Oil fund Ken Feinburg will be administering.

So- Should I stay or should I go- enjoy the video!


TWIA to settle 2400 Hurricane Ike Slabbed Claims for $189M

July 18, 2010

While I’ve been off for a few weeks enjoying company over the July 4th holidays there has been lots of important claims news I need to catch up on. Here is one of the most important developments indicating settlement negotiations resulting in planned settlement of hundreds of TWIA hurricane Ike claims.

The Mostlyn law firm has several media releases from 7/13-7/16/10 here:

http://www.mostynlaw.com/media/media-news.asp

The Merlin Law group has a new blog up with more details here:

http://www.propertyinsurancecoveragelaw.com/2010/07/articles/hurricane-ike/texas-windstorm-insurer-settles-2400-hurricane-ike-slab-claims/


Eternal Father Strong to Save- A prayer for Americans during the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill Recovery- Open Letter 3 to President Obama and Admiral Thad Allen

June 15, 2010

President Obama is speaking from NAS Pensacola, FL as I write this. It is the most support I have seen him express to the brave men and woman serving in the US Armed Forces  since he began his Presidency. I am taking this particular speech very personally as my father, my brother, and my brother in law are all buried at Barrancas National Cemetary at NAS Pensacola.  I cannot bear the thought of the memories of our childhood being destroyed with the gulf oil tar nor of disturbing the area so others can  grow up with the same wonderful memories our family shares from the area during our youth when my father was stationed there.

I still  have family in the area including my nephew Ryan who is attending college at the University of West Florida  following in the foot steps of my wonderful father and brother who also attended the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL. His degree is going to be in the marine industry. He too is watching his dreams disturbed by the worst environmental disaster in Amercian history as he faces unemployment working part time in the beach restaurant industry as a means of income to help cover his expenses while in college.

President Obama- thank you for doing us proud with your military speech in Pensacola and for finally showing our military of all branches the respect and honor they so much deserve. As a military brat as us military children are known as, we do know the sacrifices having watched our fathers depart on Naval aircraft carriers, departing for war, and the fear and sadness we experience as we support our brothers, sisters, neices, nephews, sons, daughters, and our fathers as they protect Amercians at assignments both at home and have to regularly leave us to go abroad to protect us around the world.

I’ll end this thanks with the words of my very favorite navy hymn heard every Sunday growing up on military bases and attending church at military chapels where our father was stationed.  If you really listen and read the words, I think you will agree this song represents all of our prayers for our military, our national guard members, our claims adjusters who will have to work in these coastal environments during hurricane season, and our BP responders constantly exposed to the oil spill tar and disperants as they clean up our beaches and marshlands and experiencing illness as a result. We also extend this as a prayer to all gulf coast residents suffering from this oil spill :

             Eternal Father Strong to Save – Original Version

             The original words are:

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walkedst on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee 
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

For links to the origins and history and other more modern versions of this song, visit this link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_Father,_Strong_to_Save#Lyrics

**Note the Episcopal version is also very appropriate and shown on the link above

I find the following musical version very comforting at times like these and hope you will enjoy the music and pictorial vision as well:

http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/e/t/eternalf.htm

Please pass this on in hope it brings a focus to the faith that God will protect us and keep us safe. Especially for the families of the victims killed in this BP Oil explosion. Our prayers are with you every single day. Just click on the title to this blog today and you can then copy and paste it into an email to your friends and family suffering through this disaster or serving in recovery efforts.

Respectfully,

Debbie Moroy, AIC,IIA  ClaimSmentor Founder www.claimSmentor.com

 

 

 


Announcement- ClaimSmentor forms Strategic Alliance Partnership with Council on Litigation Management group for FREE Law CE’s for adjusters

April 21, 2010

ClaimSmentor was founded with a mission to help improve claims continuing education for independent adjusters since the options were so limited back when we were founded in December of 2005.
 
Towards that goal, I am pleased to announce a major enhancement to independent liability and claims litigation training.
 
We have formed a Strategic Alliance with Council on Litigation Management Group to provide FREE LAW CE’s in all states requiring CE credits for adjusters. Here is the Strategic Alliance information posted on their site:
 
http://www.litmgmt.org/network/StrategicAffiliations.aspx
 
They are offering seminars nationwide at predesignated locations and the best news yet is that your vendor,  adjusting firm , or even insurance companies can schedule to host any of the sessions as well.
 
Think this is good news? The best news is yet to come!
 
Hosting a class couldn’t be easier! Your firm supplies the facility for groups of 25 to 60 claim adjuster attendees and CLM provides all class material and 2 instructors to present the Council on Litigation Management approved course material. In addition, they handle all adjuster CE submission for you. There is absolutely no charge to the adjusting firm or adjuster for hosting these other than providing the meeting space for your group.
 
As adjusters, attendance couldn’t be easier! Simply go to follow these instructions:
 
1)Register as a Fellow membership- totally FREE so you can then register for upcoming training sessions which is also required so they can file your CE’s. Here is the link:
 
http://www.litmgmt.org/FellowRegistration2.aspx
 
2) Then click on this link to find all training sessions and locations scheduled for upcoming FREE classes:
 
http://www.litmgmt.org/Events.aspx
 
 
 
3) We are working with member claims adjusting firms on ClaimSmentor to host these classes. We will handle all email notifications and posting with ClaimSmentor members (now approaching 1200)
 
What an excellent opportunity for meeting opportunities with your adjusters from your firm as well. You can plan and host these along with your roster members at your annual conferences.
 
Independent adjusters are always looking for law CE’s. What a fantastic way to train them to be multi line adjusters for working daily losses.
 
Any firms from ClaimSmentor interested in hosting these classes anywhere nationwide should email CLM@Dimechimes.com to discuss location opportunities and dates you are considering. We’ll do the rest for you with our ClaimSmentor participants to let them know.
 
Please use this topic to ask questions and I will get you the answers you need from CLM. We’ll also use this topic to post notices of which firms are presenting them as well.
 
Adjusters- if you work for an adjusting firm or attend Claims Association meetings, please pass the word and see if they will host a session and we’ll take it from there to get our members to these classes.
 
Special thanks to Adam Potter with CLM for agreeing to this Strategic Alliance to bring free LAW CE’s to our members nationwide!
 
Now- for some absolutely outstanding news! We are going to kick off the ClaimSmentor involvement with the Claims Litigation management group with their May 6, 2010 Dallas, TX sessions which takes place at the Dallas Cowboys stadium! Only 50 seats left available! Not only will you earn law CE’s but you will also get to tour the stadium as well as attend a game- ALL FREE of Charge! Here is the link to get registered:
 
http://www.litmgmt.org/rsvp/TX10/
 
Other upcoming currently scheduled events are:
 
Columbus, OH- May 12, 2010:
 
http://www.litmgmt.org/rsvp/OH10
 
May 13, 2010 in Atlanta, GA:
 
http://www.litmgmt.org/rsvp/GA10
 
June 10, 2010 in Seattle, WA:
 
 
http://www.litmgmt.org/rsvp/WA10
 
I have to tell you, the mock trial in Seattle brings back some of the best claims management training I ever attended as a staff claims manager- it’s training you will never forget.
 
Again, any member of ClaimSmentor interested in hosting these classes, email CLM@Dimechimes.com to schedule. Why not combine some training you need to do with your roster members one day and a second day providing them with these free Law CE classes.
 
Hosts are asked to schedule only 2 of the 18 classes in one day. They prefer to present these in bite size courses so the adjusters will not be overwhelmed with the training so you might even consider scheduling some quarterly- especially during non cat season!

Not yet a member of ClaimSmentor? Here is the link to our registration information: www.claimSmentor.com/register.php


Notice- ClaimSmentor Site Undergoing Upgrades this week- Have Patience with Features in Forums/ Banner Ads

March 30, 2010

To :  ALL ClaimSmentor members

Our site administrator, Mat Houchens, is in the process of upgrading the ClaimSmentor site this week.

Some features may not be working as he moves the site to a new server so please have patience and check back again if you are having trouble making a post, logging in, or any other features. The banners from sponsors are also involved in the process and will be back up as soon as the transfer of all forum material is moved.

We hope to have everything done by the end of the week.

We do appreciate your patience while we upgrade. Thank you!