Articles by Elizabeth Blosfield

Elizabeth Blosfield is the East region editor for Insurance Journal. She can be reached at eblosfield@wellsmedia.com.

1 in 4 Businesses Has Experienced Cyber Event, Travelers Survey Finds

Nearly one in four respondents (22%) out of more than 1,200 business leaders surveyed in 2020 Travelers’ Cyber Risk Index said their firm was the victim of a cyber event – the highest percentage since the annual survey began in …

A Commitment to Lifelong Learning

At Deland, Gibson Insurance, being a lifelong learner isn’t just a hobby, it’s part of the agency’s core values held by all employees. And agency employees say access to resources and education, as well as a constant drive for improvement, …

Crisis Within a Crisis: How COVID-19 Is Driving the Opioid Epidemic

While the current national health conversation has largely centered on the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in more than 200,000 deaths in the U.S. alone and more than a million worldwide according to recent World Health Organization (WHO) data, another …

Calls for Reform Revived Over More Than A Century Old New York Law

A coalition of business advocacy and local government groups have renewed calls for reform to a New York law that has been on the books since the late 1800s. New York State Labor Law sections 240/241, known as the Scaffold …

Communication and Teamwork Equal Success

Not all insurance agents are created equal. At least that’s what William A. Smith & Son Insurance states on its website, a claim that speaks to the agency’s mission of serving clients and employees through strong communication and teamwork. “We …

New York Calls on Insurers to Address Climate-Related Financial Risks

New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) Superintendent Linda Lacewell today implemented several new initiatives to address climate-related financial risks, calling on insurers to begin integrating these practices into their risk management and business strategies. This move comes amidst …

First Charges Filed Under New York’s Cyber Reg Involve First American Data Leak

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) filed cybersecurity charges against a title insurance provider for exposing millions of documents containing consumers’ personal information. The charges are the first to be filed under DFS’ cybersecurity regulation, Part 500 …

Mass. Court Rules Statute of Limitations, Fair Report Privilege Apply in Defamation Case

A Massachusetts appeals court has ruled in favor of an online newspaper in a defamation case, holding that the statute of limitations and fair report privilege apply to articles the newspaper published regarding two incidents of domestic violence. This comes …

How One Young Brokerage Founder Plans to Target a ‘Different’ High Net Worth Market

As a self-taught app developer, when Hayden Kopser sees a problem, he seeks to build a solution. So, when he observed during his time working at AIG that some brokerages weren’t adequately servicing high net worth accounts, he saw an …

Limitations Period for Reimbursement Claims Does Not Apply in Industrial Accident Case

Reimbursement claims made against the town of Adams, Mass., by the town’s workers’ compensation insurer are not subject to the two-year statute of limitations established in a Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) regulation, a Massachusetts Appeals Court has ruled. This …