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.


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!

 


Update on FL Claim Litigation and Appraisal provision on Citizens of FL Case 2/2011- Just a ClaimSmentor Moment Update

February 9, 2011

Here’s a great blog entry  by the Florida Legal Blog you may want to read about a court decision on the Appraisal provision in Florida. The case involved a Citizens of Florida case:

http://www.floridalegalblog.org/2011/02/insurance-appraisal-not-appropriate-if.html


Must see video of BP’s Ken Feinburg at AL Townhall meeting yesterday- Hope to meet many of you this morning at the Fort Walton Beach Townhall Meeting

January 19, 2011

Here is some must see video footage of the Orange Beach, Alabama townhall meeting held yesterday with BP’s Ken Feinburg:

http://wkrg.com/1204118/

We will be attending today’s townhall meeting along with other independent adjusters in the Florida panhandle this morning being held here today in Fort Walton Beach, FL along with the founder of the Pensacola, FL Gulf Coast Claims Association and several other independent adjusters in the area. I’ll blog on that either later today or tomorrow.

In the meantime, I am putting together an article on the fruitless efforts made by hundreds if not thousands of adjusters like myself who applied to work these BP claims jobs from TX to FL  and were not utilized to work these claims. I have heard from hundreds who have applied and were not used being told that they were saving the experienced adjusters for hurricane season which never did cause damage in 2010. Information I’ve learned from many adjusters who were in the operation says that Ken Feinburg had changed the job title to “evaluator” from “adjuster” when he took over. Why? Is that so non adjusters could work the claims?

We’d like to piece together our side of the BP claims story by hearing from the many of you who applied and did or did not work claims. You can reply to this blog and I’ll approve the comments or if you wish to remain anonymous you can email me at dkmoroy@dimechimes.com and I will not use your name in any article or upcoming blog on the subject.

Thanks!


Claim Litigation Update Re: Florida decision on Collateral Source Rule when dealing with a HO and Flood claims

January 17, 2011

Found this blog post over at Merlin’s Law Group blog  today- a must read for all adjusters handling flood claims and homeowner claim in Florida:

http://www.propertyinsurancecoveragelaw.com/2011/01/articles/insurance/more-on-the-collateral-source-rule/


We are only 3 viewers short of reaching 200,000 hits on our ClaimSmentor Blog

January 4, 2011

A special thank you to our viewers as we will cross the 200,000 viewers mark today on our blog here at www.dimechimes.wordpress.com!

Thank you for supporting our mission to education independent adjusters on their down time between assignments when they lack the opportunity to learn about current events and trends in the claims industry as a whole since insurance companies do not keep them in the loop when they are not on a current assignment.

We look forward to working with you again this year and talking to the many we hear from each week via email and phone calls to discuss events and hot topics adjusters want to know!


BP deposits first 3B of 20B Fund for BP Oil Spill Claims and explanation of timing of additional forthcoming fund deposits

August 9, 2010

Just a short entry today to link you to the news that BP has now deposited the first 3B of the 20B BP Oil Fund. This article also names the trustees involved in the trust:

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2010/08/09/112299.htm

Here is a 2nd article from Business Insurance news which explains that an additional 2B will be deposited in 4th quarter then 1.5B each quarter until they reach the 20B:

http://www.businessinsurance.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100809/NEWS01/100809930/1246

http://www.businessinsurance.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100809/NEWS01/100809930/1246


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/


Universities offering Insurance Degrees-where to get yours for a staff career in claims adjusting or claim management

May 13, 2010

This Business Insurance website is just a wealth of information! Here is a list they have of universities offering Bachelor’s degrees in insurance either as a major or a minor:

http://www.businessinsurance.com/section/directories?djoPage=search_details&djoPid=10776&djoPY=@pJ9IK0YJUZoU

Appalachian State University

(Boone, NC)

Ball State University

(Muncie, IN)

Baylor University

(Waco, TX)

California State University Fullerton

California State University, Sacramento

(Sacramento, CA)

Delta State University

(Cleveland, MS)

Florida State University

(Tallahassee, FL)

Georgia State University

(Atlanta, GA)

Howard University

(Washington, DC)

Illinois State University

(Normal, IL)

Illinois Wesleyan University

(Bloomington, IL)

Indiana State University

(Terre Haute, IN)

La Salle University

(Philadelphia, PA)

Miami of Ohio University

(Oxford, OH)

Middle Tennessee State University

(Murfreesboro, TN)

Mississippi State University

(Mississippi State, MS)

Missouri State University

(Springfield, MO)

Old Dominion University

(Norfolk, VA)

Olivet College

(Olivet, MI)

St. John’s University

(New York, NY)

St. Mary’s University

(San Antonio, TX)

Temple University

(Philadelphia, PA)

Troy University

(Troy, AL)

University of Alabama

(Tuscaloosa, AL)

University of Calgary

(Calgary, Alberta)

University of Central Arkansas

(Conway, AR)

University of Georgia

(Athens, GA)

University of Hartford

(West Hartford, CT)

University of Houston

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

(Lafayette, LA)

University of Louisiana at Monroe

(Monroe, LA)

University of Mississippi

(University, MS)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

(Las Vegas, NV)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC)

University of North Texas

(Denton, TX)

University of South Carolina

(Columbia, SC)

University of Wisconsin-Madison

(Madison, WI)

Virginia Commonwealth University

(Richmond, VA)

Washington State University

(Pullman, WA)

Appalachian State University

(Boone, NC)

Ball State University

(Muncie, IN)

Baylor University

(Waco, TX)

California State University Fullerton

California State University, Sacramento

(Sacramento, CA)

Delta State University

(Cleveland, MS)

Florida State University

(Tallahassee, FL)

Georgia State University

(Atlanta, GA)

Howard University

(Washington, DC)

Illinois State University

(Normal, IL)

Illinois Wesleyan University

(Bloomington, IL)

Indiana State University

(Terre Haute, IN)

La Salle University

(Philadelphia, PA)

Miami of Ohio University

(Oxford, OH)

Middle Tennessee State University

(Murfreesboro, TN)

Mississippi State University

(Mississippi State, MS)

Missouri State University

(Springfield, MO)

Old Dominion University

(Norfolk, VA)

Olivet College

(Olivet, MI)

St. John’s University

(New York, NY)

St. Mary’s University

(San Antonio, TX)

Temple University

(Philadelphia, PA)

Troy University

(Troy, AL)

University of Alabama

(Tuscaloosa, AL)

University of Calgary

(Calgary, Alberta)

University of Central Arkansas

(Conway, AR)

University of Georgia

(Athens, GA)

University of Hartford

(West Hartford, CT)

University of Houston

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

(Lafayette, LA)

University of Louisiana at Monroe

(Monroe, LA)

University of Mississippi

(University, MS)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

(Las Vegas, NV)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC)

University of North Texas

(Denton, TX)

University of South Carolina

(Columbia, SC)

University of Wisconsin-Madison

(Madison, WI)

Virginia Commonwealth University

(Richmond, VA)

Washington State University

(Pullman, WA)

I can personally vouch for the great program Troy State University-Florida Region had. They gave me college credit for all of my Associates in Claims courses and for the 9 parts of CPCU (both programs through http://www.aicpcu.org towards my degree in Insurance Resource management.

It is a common complaint of newly licensed adjusters when they realize most carriers will not hire them as claims adjusters without a Bachelor Degree. Well this is the post to provide you the information for those of you willing to incur the cost and the substantial time into obtaining your degree. It will be well worth your effort for staff adjuster and staff claim management job opportunities!


Xactware released Xactimate 27 Training Booklet/ Also has great discount on Xactimate 25 Training Book

April 30, 2010

 

Xactimate 27 Training Workbook

We are excited to have Xactware  as  a  renewal sponsor at  ClaimSmentor!

We are even happier to let our members know that Xactware has released an Xactimate 27 training manual at a very reasonable price for adjusters. What a great tool to have with you on the road for those late nights entering estimates after scoping catastrophe losses all day!

They also have their Xactimate 25 training booklet now discounted to $15.00!

Please be sure to use this link:

http://www.xactware.com/store/SelectProd.do?prodId=173&SFCID=70130000000Wy2z&LS=ClaimsMentor201005

 so they know you heard about it through ClaimSmentor postings! We’d sure appreciate it.


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!


Galveston Amended Court Order of 1/25/10 on TWIA Deposition on Hurricane Ike Claims

February 17, 2010

I ran across this Amended Court order of 1/25/2010 regarding TWIA Depositions on Hurricane Ike Claims and wanted to provide a copy for our members who may be involved in TWIA Claims litigation: view here


Website for CertainTeed Shingles Class Action Lawsuit

January 31, 2010

Adjusters will be interested in this information as I imagine you are running into this issue regularly on roof claim losses.

Here is the link to the Class Action Lawsuit and proposed settlement for the CertainTeed roof shingles and all court documents:

http://bit.ly/bK9T0T


Geico wins case on overtime issues for auto adjusters view Washington Post article

January 6, 2010

Geico has won a case on overtime issues for staff auto adjusters according to the following article posting on the Washington post here.

We have written several other blogs here on staff adjuster overtime issues if you want to view them here.


Links to Blog Post corrected from FL Round table post on Insurance Appraisal Provisions

January 6, 2010

We apologize that yesterday’s post contained some incorrect links which have now been corrected and updated for those wishing to review the blog postings referred to in our post:

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/fl-consumer-advocate-round-table-1610-topic-is-appraisal-in-fl-policies-dont-miss-it/

In addition, Merlin’s site has a new post commenting on two additional Florida Insurance Carriers also revising appraisal provisions in their policies. Click here to view


FL Consumer Advocate Round Table 1/6/10 Topic is Appraisal in FL Policies- Don’t miss it!

January 5, 2010

H/t to Attorney Chip Merlin’ for posting information on his blog important to the adjusting community (no matter which side your on!)  that we can call in or watch the January 6, 2010 Florida Department of Financial Services Consumer Advocate Roundtable with an utmost important topic not only to Floridian’s but to insurance adjusters as well on the topic of Appraisal provisions in Fl policies.

Here are links to his posts- I know I for one will be listening to it since Citizens of FL which many of my family and friends are insured with has already removed the appraisal provision from homeowner policies. Here are links on the topic so you can listen in or watch as well:

Post of 1/5/10 at Merlin’s blog with his planned recommendations at the round table: Click here

Post of 1/4/10 at Merlin’s blog with the contact information to call in and/or view the 1/6/10 roundtable: Click here

For a complete list of panelists (impressive group but where are the large independent adjusting firms or representatives from Citizens and why are they not also included on the panel)? Here’s the link to his post on the panelists: Click here

Link to prior post on his site regarding appraisal provision removal on Citizens Property Insurance Corporation of FL removing the appraisal provision: Click here

*Note it is also public information posted on the PAST link for the Citizens of Florida Board of Governor’s meeting notes : Click here to view their direct information

Here is a direct link to Sean Shaw’s press release over at the FL Dept of Financial services website from his 12/17/09 news release with more information on the purpose of the round table and the participants: Click here

Here are the specifics on connecting to tomorrow’s meeting:

January 6, 2010
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
House Office Building, Committee Room 404

The Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida

Conference Call-in Number: 1-888-808-6959 Code: 4132880

WFSU Florida Channel 

See Merlin’s blog for more agenda and attendee info on the above blogs.

 

 


Colorado Storm Preliminary Storm Damage Stats In from storms beginning 6/7/09

June 17, 2009

Just a ClaimSmentor moment link to Colorado preliminary storm damage statistics and claims for the numerous storms last week beginning 6/7/09:

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2009/06/17/101433.htm


National Hurricane Center Changes the way the Saffir Simpson Scale will be used due to Storm Surge stats

June 17, 2009

This was a very interesting article about the 2009 changes to the way a hurricane is categorized using the Saffir Simpson Scale due to problems with the storm surge and hurricane categories. For instance, the article indicates Hurricane Ike came in as a category 2 but the storm surge was equivalent to a category 4 hurricane at landfall. Most interesting are the arguments for and against the proposed 2009 changes in the comment section of this article:

http://weatherblog.abc13.com/2009/06/save-the-saffirsimpson-scale.html

For more details from NOAA National Hurricane Center on the 2009 changes here is a link on the storm surge component of the saffir simpson scale and reasons for the changes:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshs.shtml


Just a ClaimSmentor Moment- #10 2009’s Most Dangerous Vehicles

May 26, 2009

I was quite surprised at the cars that made this list published at Forbes based on the Insurance Institutes information on the 10 most dangerous cars for 2009 based on crash performance tests:

http://www.forbes.com/2009/02/06/most-dangerous-vehicles-lifestyle-vehicles_0206_dangerous_vehicles_slide_12.html?thisSpeed=15000


US Senate Committee holds 5/21/09 hearing on Chinese Drywall issues- Link to archived webcast and testimony presented

May 22, 2009

We know this topic keeps coming up in the claims industry on how the chinese drywall claims are going to be handled so I wanted to share this link to the 5/21/09 archived web cast and links to the presentations made to the US Senate committee yesterday for your reference material.

http://commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=7036283d-9d1e-4954-8903-b851ba32a49e