Insurance Journal » Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:05:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 WCIRB: Continued Increase in California Claim Frequency http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2015/01/20/354450.htm Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:27:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=354450 Workers’ compensation indemnity claim frequency in California has continued to rise unlike in most other states, according to the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. The WCIRB recently issued an update to its Analysis of Changes in Indemnity Claim Frequency report, which …

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Most Popular Insurance Journal Midwest Stories of 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/31/351406.htm Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:50:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351406 The most popular InsuranceJournal.com news stories in the Midwest ranged from groundbreaking lawsuits to research into making people safer from storms. With an understanding that stories appearing later in the year have less time to rise to the top of …

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Washington Wildfire Claims Prepared for Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/12/30/351341.htm Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:33:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=351341 More than 150 property owners are preparing to sue the state of Washington over wildfire damage claims that have been denied by the state Department of Natural Resources. Brewster attorney Alex Thomason told the Capital Press he is preparing a …

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Juror Witnesses Firsthand What the Hail Is Going on in Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/12/08/349259.htm Mon, 08 Dec 2014 20:52:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349259 Alejandro Stolarski is a United States citizen who emigrated from Mexico. Stolarski resides in Dallas County. Like hundreds of other Dallas County residents each week, Stolarski received a notice in the mail for jury duty. But unlike most Dallas County …

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North Dakota Fines Blue Cross $60K for Claims, Underwriting Violations http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/12/05/349076.htm Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:23:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=349076 North Dakota’s insurance department has levied a $60,000 fine against the state’s largest health insurer for violating state law. Noridian Mutual Insurance Co. does business as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm says a state …

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Former Washington Adjuster Pleads Guilty To $135,000 Theft http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/11/21/347853.htm Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:37:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=347853 Former Nationwide Insurance claims associate Fariborz Romeo Rahrovi, 40, on Friday pled guilty in King County Superior Court in Washington to two counts of theft, criminal conspiracy and money laundering related to the theft of an accident victim’s $525,000 insurance …

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Johnson Named Vice President of Claim Operations at Texas Mutual http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/11/13/346992.htm Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:44:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=346992 Workers’ compensation carrier, Texas Mutual Insurance Co., announced that Curtis Johnson Jr. has been appointed vice president of claim operations. In this role he oversees all claim operations, including special claim services, employers’ liability, subrogation, regional claim operations, medical bill …

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Federal Safety Engineer Defended Trinity’s Highway Guardrails http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/11/05/345843.htm Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:57:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345843 U.S. highway safety officials defended a widely used guardrail system’s crash-worthiness even as they worried whether its design had been altered in a potentially deadly way, according to internal e-mails. Starting in 2012, a Federal Highway Administration engineer fielded e-mails …

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Idahoans to See Slight Reduction in Workers’ Comp Rates in 2015 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/31/345647.htm Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:31:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=345647 The Idaho Department of Insurance this week announced Idaho’s overall workers’ compensation premium rates will be reduced by an average of 0.2 percent for 2015. “This slight rate decrease is an indicator of the stability of workers’ compensation coverage in …

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California Earthquake Authority Proposes to Lower Rates http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/23/344629.htm Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:53:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=344629 The California Earthquake Authority on Thursday proposed an average 8 percent decrease in rates. CEA’s Advisory Panel recommended the rate decreases, along with additional coverage options in deductibles, discounts and certain limits, to the CEA Governing Board, which next meets …

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Louisiana’s 37-acre Sinkhole Spawns Insurance Fight http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/10/06/342791.htm Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:51:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342791 The collapse of a portion of a salt dome that left a 37-acre sinkhole in swampy land west of Baton Rouge has bubbled up into a $50 million dispute between the mine operator and its insurance company. Texas Brine LLC …

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North Dakota Farmers Filing Insurance Claims for Wheat Crop http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/15/340461.htm Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:03:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340461 Crop insurance agents in North Dakota say they have begun receiving claims and expect more than the usual number to come in because a lot of wheat still unharvested. The Bismarck Tribune reports that a snowy April and wet May …

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California Workers’ Comp Kaleidoscope Through Conference-goers Eyes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/12/340398.htm Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:46:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=340398 Rick Hudson was sitting at his booth at the California Workers’ Compensation & Risk Conference on Thursday scanning emails on his smartphone during a slow period when he was asked what the most significant change to his job has been …

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State Farm Enhances Claims Reporting App with Object Recognition Technology http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/08/28/338976.htm Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:58:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338976 State Farm has added object recognition technology to their Pocket Agent app to make submitting an auto claim via a mobile device easier and simplify the claims process. This new technology reduces the need for typing by using the mobile …

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Post-Floods, Detroit Residents Shop for Appliances, Supplies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/08/26/338602.htm Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:23:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338602 Detroit-area residents are shopping for appliances and home-repair supplies in droves after recent flooding damaged houses and the property inside. The Detroit News reports thousands of shoppers visited big-box appliance stores and local retailers over the weekend to purchase everything …

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Desert, Central California Cities Have State’s Best Drivers: Report http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/26/338581.htm Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:57:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338581 Slow-paced, sprawling Visalia ranks first in California and seventh nationally as safest among the 200 largest U.S. cities in terms of car collision frequency. Allstate Insurance Co. on Tuesday released its 10th annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report,” which contains new data rankings and …

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Boston Is Tops When It Comes to Risky Drivers: Study http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/08/26/338568.htm Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:24:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338568 Drivers in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, are the most accident-prone in the U.S., landing at the bottom of an annual ranking of the nation’s 200 biggest urban areas by Allstate Corp. Worcester’s drivers have a collision every 4.3 years on …

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Study: Opioid-Related Deaths Cut by 25% in Medical Marijuana States http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/08/26/338566.htm Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:10:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338566 On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws. That’s according to a new multi-institutional study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine and led by researchers …

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Settlements Against Uninsured New Mexico Rail Service Reach Nearly $8M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/20/338210.htm Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:10:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=338210 New Mexico’s commuter rail service has received a free ride while taxpayers have shelled out nearly $8 million to settle damage claims against the Rail Runner Express, according to state records. The Rail Runner, until last month, didn’t pay premiums …

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IRC: Uninsured Motorists a Perplexing, Pervasive Concern http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/08/12/337407.htm Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:28:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337407 A new report shows there hasn’t been much ground gained in the battle to reduce the number of uninsured motorists on the road, and there’s nowhere experts can point their fingers as an explanation of the pervasive problem. From a …

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Louisiana State Police Now Selling Crash Photographs Online http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/08/12/337389.htm Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:40:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337389 The Louisiana State Police (LSP) announced it is now possible to order crash photographs online at www.lsp.org. To order, the driver’s or pedestrian’s first and last name, parish of the crash, and date of the crash must be provided. Fatality …

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California Windshield Repairer Ordered To Pay Insurer $1.4M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/08/11/337261.htm Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:55:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=337261 The owner of a Sonoma County windshield repair business accused in a fraudulent billing scheme has been ordered to pay Allstate Insurance and the state of California more than $1.4 million. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported the judgment against …

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UnitedHealth’s $173M Fine May Be Warning to P/C Insurers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/07/30/336212.htm Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:02:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=336212 A decision by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to fine UnitedHealth Group $173.6 million for violations having to do with the Unfair Business Practices Act, the Unfair Insurance Practice Act and unfair claims settlements may be a wakeup call for not …

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Montana and Arizona Lone States Without Texting Laws, but Does it Matter? http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/07/14/334541.htm Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:04:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334541 Arizona and Montana stand out as the only states without some form of texting and driving law, but some studies show there’s no evidence that laws intended to curb cellphone use behind the wheel reduce crashes. Fourty-four other states plus Washington, …

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Widows of Arizona Firefighters File Additional Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/04/13/326038.htm Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:40:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326038 Two Granite Mountain Hotshots’ families are seeking to obtain additional death benefits from a state retirement system for public safety workers. The widows of Andrew Ashcraft and William Warneke filed claims last month with the city of Prescott, stating their …

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Panel Rules BP Spill Claims Don’t Require Direct Harm http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/03/06/322446.htm Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:34:03 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=322446 A federal appeals panel ruled that businesses don’t have to prove that they were directly harmed by BP’s 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments. The ruling could clear the way for payments to resume from a …

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Missouri Bill Would Create Online Database for Workers’ Comp Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/17/320602.htm Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:54:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320602 An online database of workers’ compensation claims would be created under legislation passed by the Missouri Senate. Under the measure, businesses could provide a potential employee’s name and Social Security number to identify the date of workers’ compensation claims and …

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California Psychologist Sentenced In Workers’ Comp Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/02/06/319730.htm Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:12:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319730 A psychologist apologized Tuesday in a Los Angeles court for defrauding the federal government with inflated and fraudulent workers’ compensation claims. Dr. Arnold P. Nerenberg of Whittier said Tuesday he was grateful federal agents caught him. In an emotional speech, …

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Claims From Yarnell Hill Fire Denied by Arizona City http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/23/318175.htm Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:46:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=318175 The city of Prescott has denied more than 100 damage claims seeking a total of $662 million for property owners and relatives of firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona. Ninety-one property owners filed claims and 17 …

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Pennsylvania Insurance Department Offers Tips for Winter Storm Victims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/01/06/316176.htm Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:37:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316176 The Pennsylvania Insurance Department offers the following advice and tips about homeowner’s and auto insurance policies in wake of last week’s winter storm. First, damage to the house and its contents caused by weight of snow or ice, creating a …

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