NY Appeals Court Rejects Carrier’s Use of Earth Movement Exclusions-see court docs

May 12, 2009

I just ran across this alleged landmark case on earth movement exclusions in a Condo master policy case in NY where the court ruled against insurer State Farm . This info was located  in a Construction Defect group over at Linkedin:


See the court documents here:


This looks like an important case to share a link to for others in the claims industry. 

Pioneer Tower Owners Association vs 

State Farm Fire & Casualty

Company et al.,




Happy Mothers Day to all of our ClaimSmentor and Dimechimes Claims Staffing Firm Moms!

May 10, 2009

Just a moment of your time to wish you all a very Happy Mother’s Day! Here are two articles you might enjoy and wish to share with your own moms as you visit with your children and families today.

Here’s wishing all of our ClaimSmentor moms a very happy Mother’s Day 2009!

We hope you enjoy the following links on the origins of Mother’s Day and a Tribute to Mothers to honor you all and perhaps share with your moms.

This first one is about the origins of Mothers day- it is beautiful with the background and the music:
And a tribute to Mothers by same author:
I often have the opportunity to get a glimpse into your lives as you progress up the stair steps in the claims industry. It continues to amaze me the personal work-life issues many of you face yet you continue on in your studies and your catastrophe assignments while balancing these issues. You truly are an amazing group of women and today we celebrate you!

As I work with new adjusters and talk to experienced adjusters through both my claim staffing firm, our adjuster service programs, and ClaimSmentor, I often hear your personal stories behind the scenes. The issues you face as national catastrophe adjusters out on the road missing many important events at home while you service the needs of disaster victims, the balancing acts you manage every day working claims and/or training for new assignments and annual carrier training programs to work as an independent. You truly are women of strength and endurance and we are blessed to share events in your life with you as we work together to enhance the image of independent adjusters in the claims industry.


Best Wishes for a Great Mother’s Day- Deb

Just a ClaimSmentor Moment #8-Insurance Information Institute Video- “You have 10 minutes to get out”

May 9, 2009

Although this link ties to a Home Inventory company- I think it’s useful for consumers to watch these two families each given 10 minutes to get out when notified by the fire department to evacuate. Preparation makes such a difference. It’s worth sharing!


Just A ClaimSmentor Moment #7- State Claim Handling Regulations-Guide to each region-Outstanding Resource by Claims Magazine

April 4, 2009

I’ve had no time for blogging the past week but don’t want to forget to share this link with our claims industry readers.

Claims Magazine has a new outstanding resource for those in the claims industry to keep up with new insurance claim handling regulations those of us in claims need to constantly stay up to date with:

Click here