Articles by Denise Johnson

Insureds Rarely Have Home Inventories Despite Benefits, Say Claims Pros

Despite big storms and wildfires highlighting the need, home inventories are rare, say insurance industry experts. A recent Allstate Insurance survey of Atlanta homeowners found that while than more than 90 percent of homeowners are concerned about protecting their homes, …

Prevention, Improved Response Stressed in West Explosion Report

Improvements in the response to large, complex fires was just one of the suggestions in a state fire marshal report on the fire and deadly explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, in the early evening of April 17, …

Insureds Rarely Have Home Inventories Despite Benefits, Say Claims Pros

Despite big storms and wildfires highlighting the need, home inventories are rare, say insurance industry experts. A recent Allstate Insurance survey of Atlanta homeowners found that while than more than 90 percent of homeowners are concerned about protecting their homes, …

Storm Season a Reminder of the Importance of Building Stronger

A home in Burnet County, Texas, that was picked up and carried 100 yards by a tornado in June, was reinforced according to its owner, Trenton Ashworth. When the twister hit, the family of four took cover in a bathroom. …

Central Texas Home an Example of the Benefits of Building Stronger

A home in Burnet County, Texas, that was picked up and carried 100 yards by a tornado last month, was reinforced according to its owner, Trenton Ashworth. The National Weather System reported that the EF-2 tornado that hit the Texas …

The Rising Score of Youth Sports Head Injury Claims

Last year, the NFL agreed to settle a concussion lawsuit filed by former players for $914 million. As concussion-related lawsuits continue to be filed against professional sports teams, equivalent claims and litigation will soon be seen in a variety of …

Insurers Warned on Rise in Fraudulent Car Rental Schemes

In the last 12 months, Kraig Palmer he has seen rental car schemes “rise faster than any other auto fraud trend.” Palmer, an investigator with the California Highway Patrol, describes this fraud as a multilevel crime, committed by opportunistic drug …

Court Rules Ohio Landlords Are Liable for Safety of Tenants’ Guests

Landlords are on notice after a ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court. The high court ruled that landlords owe the same duty of safety to guests as they do for tenants. In Mann v. Northgate Apartments, a 16 year old was …

The Future of Drones in the Insurance Industry

After a catastrophe hits, mobile units filled with adjusters are on site to evaluate property damage. Flash forward five years and an insured may never meet the property adjuster handling his or her claim. Instead, a drone is sent to …

Southeast States Battle Prescription Drug Abuse

Deaths from prescription drug overdoses jumped 360 percent in the last decade in the Appalachian region, according to the Center for Clinical and Translation Science. As a result of this epidemic, states in the Southeast have weighed legislation addressing prescription …