Articles by Denise Johnson

Denise Johnson is editor of claimsjournal.com.

State Farm Gets OK to Deploy Drones to Inspect Florence Damage

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently granted a waiver to State Farm to allow the insurer the ability to inspect damage caused by Hurricane Florence. The approval, received just last week, allows State Farm to operate an unmanned aircraft system …

S.C. Supreme Court: Defense Counsel Can Be Sued for Malpractice by Insurer

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently opined that an insurer can sue an attorney it hired to defend its policyholder for malpractice. The high court in the case of Sentry Select Insurance Company v. Maybank Law Firm, LLC, and Roy …

States’ Adjuster Licensing Requirements Come Under Scrutiny

It’s time for reciprocity across states in insurance adjuster licensing, according to a new report. The study by the Pacific Research Institute into state licensing requirements,“Breaking Down Barriers,” found that the average adjuster holds between 10 and 12 different state …

How Businesses Can Limit Costs of Work-Related Crashes

Work-related motor vehicle crashes cost employers $56.7 billion in 2017, according to a report by a Boston-based vehicle management and reimbursement platform that offers ways employers ways to limit the costs of accidents. The firm, Motus, estimates that about 40 …

S.C. Supreme Court: Defense Counsel Can Be Sued for Malpractice by Insurer

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently opined that an insurer can sue an attorney it hired to defend its policyholder for malpractice. The high court in the case of Sentry Select Insurance Company v. Maybank Law Firm, LLC, and Roy …

Commercial Auto Insurers Catching Up with Telematics

Though adopted early by personal lines insurers, telematics technology is just coming into its own in the commercial auto space. According to Zach Schmiesing, director, Commercial Lines, IoT/Telematics at Verisk Analytics, commercial insurers are examining the differences in commercial driving …

N.J. High Court Rules That Phantom Vehicles Can Be Allocated Fault

The case of Mark R. Krzykalski v. David T. Tindall involves an auto accident where both the plaintiff and the defendant were in the left lane turning left through an intersection. An unidentified driver turned unexpectedly from the right lane, …

Medical Marijuana Gaining Favor as Treatment in Workers’ Compensation

Though states and the federal government remain at odds on marijuana legalization, the drug is gaining traction as a viable treatment in workers’ compensation claims. In a recent discussion with Claims Journal, Brian Allen, vice president of government affairs for …

How the U.S. Can Improve Workplace Injury and Illness Data

Federal agency officials involved in reducing work-related injuries and illnesses believe there is still a lot to learn about the relationship between work and injuries. According to the experts, the government needs smarter workplace surveillance and data collection practices. The …

Experts See Expanding Role for Parametric Insurance, Including for U.S. Disasters

Catastrophic losses this year due to extreme weather events have led to a growing interest in parametric insurance in the U.S., according to industry experts. Parametric coverage is also gaining traction as hazard modeling continues to improve, weather stations more …