Insurance Journal » Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:58:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 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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Arizona’s Yarnell Hill Fire Claims Seek $662 Million http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/02/315948.htm Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:10:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315948 More than 100 damage claims seeking a total of $662 million have been filed by property owners and relatives of firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona. The Daily Courier reported that 91 property owners filed claims …

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Farmers Sues Radiological Corporations for $3 Million http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/12/19/315009.htm Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:02:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315009 Los Angeles-based Farmers Insurance Exchange filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California against two radiological corporations and their owners for allegedly submitting false documentation to get paid for services they didn’t provide. The civil complaint seeks restitution for unfair business …

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Claims Filing Begins Following Midwest Storms http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/20/311788.htm Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:43:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=311788 Two Illinois-based insurers say they’ve received about 6,000 claims so far from Sunday’s tornadoes and they expect that figure to climb. State Farm officials told The (Bloomington) Pantagraph they’ve received about 3,500 claims from customers in Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. …

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South Dakota Farmer Charged With Filing False Insurance Claims http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/11/310849.htm Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:30:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310849 A South Dakota farmer is charged in federal court with three counts of filing false crop insurance claims. Fifty-two-year-old Nicholas Berbos has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Trial is scheduled May 13 in Aberdeen. The indictment accuses Berbos of …

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State Farm Likely to Move Some Bloomington, Illinois Jobs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/04/310212.htm Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:20:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310212 State Farm Insurance Co. says it will likely move at least some of its claims services employees out of Bloomington, Ill. State Farm spokeswoman Holly Anderson said that the company told employees that the potential move is being studied. The …

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ACE Construction Practice Launches Catastrophe Services Through ESIS http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/10/18/308614.htm Fri, 18 Oct 2013 04:42:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=308614 ACE USA has launched catastrophe claims servicing capabilities specifically designed for the construction industry through ESIS Inc., a risk management services company owned by the ACE Group. The new offerings provide an additional layer of protection from losses that occur …

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Arizona Forgery Ring Suspect Sentenced For Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/10/09/307640.htm Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:09:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=307640 Frederick Farris pled guilty to attempted fraud schemes and artifices, which is a class 3 felony, and was sentenced to 6.5 years in Arizona State Prison. Ferris was found in possession of forged insurance claim checks. The fraudulent checks were …

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Burand’s Agency E&O Blog: Tip #48 http://www.insurancejournal.com/blogs/agency-e-o/2013/10/02/304801.htm Wed, 02 Oct 2013 09:00:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=304801 Notifying Umbrella Carriers of Potential Claims. Every reader likely knows the importance of notifying an excess/umbrella carrier of potential claims in a timely manner. When the excess/umbrella carrier is the same carrier providing underlying coverage, this is not an issue. …

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Opinion: Insurance Industry Changes to Follow Wicked Colorado Weather http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/09/20/305848.htm Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:22:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=305848 As the sun peaked out of the normally bright blue Colorado sky, homeowners and businesses began to assess the damage done by the 100-year flood, as weather experts have labeled the devastating rain that pummeled the state’s Front-Range for the …

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Veto Sustained On Missouri Workers’ Comp Database http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/09/13/305095.htm Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:57:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=305095 Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto has been sustained on legislation calling for the creation of an online database of workers’ compensation claims. Senators supported the override 25-9 on Wednesday. But the House vote of 90-71 fell well short of the two-thirds …

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New Mexico, Chevron Settle Case Over Cleanup Costs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/09/13/305078.htm Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:48:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=305078 New Mexico officials say Chevron Corp. will pay $5.2 million to settle claims that the energy company improperly applied for money from an environmental cleanup fund. The state alleges Chevron falsely claimed it didn’t have and didn’t collect on insurance …

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PG&E to Settle Remaining Pipeline Explosion Claims in Northern California http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/09/10/304684.htm Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:56:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=304684 PG&E Corp., owner of California’s largest utility, said it will settle “substantially all” remaining personal injury and property damage claims from a 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people. The utility announced the agreement today in a regulatory …

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California Senate Oks Limits On Workers’ Comp For Pro Athletes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/09/09/304589.htm Mon, 09 Sep 2013 16:44:14 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=304589 The state Senate has approved a bill to prevent professional athletes who spent most of their careers with teams in other states from filing workers’ compensation claims in California. AB1309, by Democratic Assemblyman Henry Perea of Fresno, would block future …

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Iowa City Negotiating With Insurer over Landfill Fire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/08/23/302720.htm Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:16:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=302720 Iowa City officials are negotiating with an insurer about a disputed claim arising from last year’s landfill fire. The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the city council has approved a confidentiality agreement with The Travelers Cos. That agreement will keep details …

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Montana Touts Continued Workers’ Comp Improvement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/08/16/301948.htm Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:17:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=301948 The Montana Department of Labor says the incidence of workers’ compensation injuries continues to decline. The agency’s recent annual workers’ compensation report says that the number of claims decreased about 4 percent over the past year. Before a slate of …

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Penalized Insurer Required by South Dakota to Show Fixes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/08/13/301585.htm Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:22:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=301585 A long-term care insurance company fined $325,000 by the state of South Dakota is being required to submit a timeline for fixing problems identified during an investigation. The state Division of Insurance examination of Ability Insurance’s business practices identified 20 …

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Commentary: Notifying Excess Insurers for Additional Insureds http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/08/09/301329.htm Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:18:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=301329 An interesting case was recently decided by the Georgia Court of Appeals. In Garner and Glover Co. v. Barrett, 738 S.E.2d 721 (Ga. App. 2013), the issue was the duty of an insurance producer to notify an excess insurer when …

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August 10 Is Texas’ Top Day for Home Burglary Claims: Allstate http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/08/09/301325.htm Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:59:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=301325 More Texans file home burglary insurance claims on August 10 than any other day – according to a recent review by Allstate Insurance Co. Police say electronics, jewelry and cash are top targets during break-ins and obviously empty houses of …

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Report: Obesity Moniker to Impact California Workers’ Comp http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/08/08/301252.htm Thu, 08 Aug 2013 23:08:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=301252 The recognition of obesity as a disease may have a significant impact on workers’ compensation claims in California, a group said in a report on Thursday. The group issued the report following a decision in June by the American Medical …

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Oklahoma Insurance Claims from May Tornadoes Top $1 Billion http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/08/08/301128.htm Thu, 08 Aug 2013 05:16:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=301128 Insurance payments from the May tornado outbreak across central Oklahoma have now topped $1 billion, state insurance regulators report. “These numbers are staggering,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “We’ve topped $1 billion in payments and the rebuilding is …

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Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner to Host Recovery Roundup in Moore http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/08/01/300403.htm Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:42:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=300403 State insurance officials are planning an event to help central Oklahoma residents who are still dealing with insurance issues involving May’s severe storms and tornadoes. The Oklahoma Insurance Department will host the Recovery Roundup on Aug. 17 at Southmoore High …

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Oregon Threatens To Decertify Workers’ Comp Group http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/07/31/300142.htm Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:37:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=300142 Oregon insurance regulators said that they’ve taken the first steps toward decertifying a workers’ compensation self-insurance trust and will shut it down next week if the employers can’t come up with $750,000. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services …

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State Farm Targets NV Energy for Subrogation Over Reno Wildfire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/07/29/299853.htm Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:34:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=299853 State Farm Insurance plans to seek action against NV Energy for claims stemming from a November 2011 wildfire in Reno, Nev. sparked by arcing power lines. The wind-whipped fire destroyed 26 homes and damaged 17. It also caused about $7.6 …

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Burand’s Agency E&O Blog: Tip #40 http://www.insurancejournal.com/blogs/agency-e-o/2013/07/25/298949.htm Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:00:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=298949 Claims Draft Checks. Not many agencies have claims draft authority any longer, which I consider a positive change relative to what it was 20 years ago. However, a few specific insurance companies continue to believe draft authority is an important …

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