Friday, June 8, 2007

Florida Focus---Big "AA" meeting scheduled forTallahassee

Author: Roy
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Friday, June 8, 2007

Profession or Commodity

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Florida Focus---Changes in the Wind?

Author: Roy
Some of us reside in Florida.  Many more of us have served time here with a stint or two following catastrophes that impacted the Sunshine State.  In the aftermath of Andrew;  the 'four in 2004', and then Wilma, old-timers and rookie adjusters alike saturated the fourth largest state and served for weeks and months.
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cat Adjusting as a Profession (Is It For Me?)

Article Archive

Author: Roy
From the Article Archive 
Title: Cat Adjusting as a Profession (Is It For Me?)
First Posted: Friday, November 26, 2004
Author: Gary White

My son is now ready to go to college away from home and excluding approximately 21 months in an attempt to try something different in my life as a "financial planner", I have been adjusting, supervising or investigating claims for almost 27 years. By the way, I have worked my share of hail, wind, tornado and hurricane cats for other carriers so I know from whence I speak. Even during the time while I was trying to become a "financial planner", I supplemented my income with adjusting temp jobs and contract adjusting work.

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Ladder Safety

Author: Roy

This is a repost of the article. We are moving all articles from the old format to the new format.

As hail season approaches we want to remind everybody to think ladder safety each and ever time you grab that ladder. OSHA has reported that the most recent accident statistics suggest that the working men and women in America abuse and misuse ladders in the workplace as a rule rather than an exception.

 

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Quick Tip - Xactimate v25: Adjusting O&P Per Claim

Author: Roy

In this quick tip we cover issues related to Overhead & Profit (O&P) that you may encounter in the field.  Some clients may request that you handle O&P in a different way then what your current default settings allow.  In those cases you may only wish to change the settings on a selected file instead of changing your system setup. 

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Friday, February 29, 2008

Common Estimating Errors

Author: Roy

By John Postava;  First posted in the forum.

"They say there have been more mistakes made by computers than Tequila and Hand Guns combined.  That being said, with the help of one of the top trainers at Vale National Training Center we published a white paper on what we feel are some of the top ...

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Flooding the Market with Useless Prospects: CAT Adjusters and Training

Author: CADO Admin

An opinion by Phillip Crimaldi 

"I’m fairly certain, at least from my own research, that a few things happened somewhere around the post-Katrina era.  First, a handful of hardworking independent adjusters made a bunch of money.  The adjusting companies who had the contracts for those claims made millions, and some of them made successful businesses that continue to provide claim services under catastrophe and structural loss circumstances.  The remaining folks either went belly up or decided to start selling a rather poorly designed training service.  This attracted every Tom, Dick, Harry (and Sally) who wanted to “Get Rich from Adjusting Claims!”.  Storm chasing contractors and adjusters came out of the wood-work after spending their savings, assuming they could also make a lot of money.  The percentage of catastrophe claims is way down and the story goes the market is now flooded with a bunch of folks who preach their ability to adjust claims by merely taking a software estimating class and passing Texas or southern license exams which really don’t encompass the business of adjusting.  Some are smart enough to suggest they would be willing to shadow for a claim or two, but most of those folks literally have palm trees on their resume heading, as if they’re already on retirement island!  The rest seem to be convinced they are “ready to go”, and all of them want to be “deployed” on some sort of “roster”, yesterday.  Who knows where these terms even surfaced. - See more at: http://independent-adjuster.com/flooding-the-market-cat-adjusters-training/1243/#sthash.K8QwERg6.dpuf 

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

2008 and Cat Adjusting

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

IKE LOSSES MAY PUT A MAJOR STRAIN ON TWIA

Author: Roy

State-run insurer of last resort bears much of coastal cost

By Mary Williams Walsh
© 2008 The New York Times,
Reproduced under license from
the Copyright Clearance Center

Hurricane Ike caused as much as $16 billion in property damage, by some estimates, but the state-led insurance pool that will ...

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Do it right the first time and reduce re-opens

Author: Roy

This article was moved from the old system. It was written by George Mullet in 2000.

The primary thing an adjuster needs to do is communicate with the insured. I cannot emphasize that enough. We do not know if there is an error, an oversight or what, until we get out there. The adjuster is always supposed to communicate the proposed settlement with an insured and many people tell us they never heard from the adjuster after he was out there. Whether that is true or not is not the issue. If the adjuster is overly clear not only on the amount of the settlement but exactly what he is recommending, it leaves little room for misunderstandings. Further, if he/she is extremely clear, people will not have the tendency to want to say they never heard from the adjuster.

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Friday, June 8, 2007

KATT'S 008 Commentary

Author: Roy

What to do IF you are asked to work in 2007? Now 2008?

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Using the Summary Matrix to change Base Service Charges

Author: Roy
In this blog we will show you one way to change the base service charges using the Summary Matrix.
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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Catadjusting and Crisis Intervention

Author: Roy

This is an article I have considered writing for years, one that deals with some of the emotional/psychological elements of working with people who have experienced personal crisis as a result of a catastrophic event, especially with regard to what this means for effective claim settlement.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

CADO is turning 12!!

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Friday, June 8, 2007

The “Killer” amongst us.

A article by Dave Hood

Author: CADO Admin

 There are many ways to approach the demise of the catastrophe adjuster.

   1) The fatal auto accident.

   2) The falling off the roof.

  3) The stroke

  4) The heart attack

Many of the above are related to the difficult and lengthily work hours we endure to provide our services to those that require them, as well as to provide for our families.

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Using the Square Break tool to add roof extensions

Author: Roy
Have you ever seen an estimate tree in Xactimate where the roof section is listed as Roof1, Roof2, Roof3 and so on? Well in most cases this occurs when the estimate writer uses the "roof icon" or the f key to add the extensions to the main roof diagram in Sketch, when a better option would be to use the "Square Break" tool to add extensions to the roof.
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Are you ready for the life as a Cat Adjuster or road warrior?

By Rob Britton @ AmericanWay

Author: Roy

The life of a road warrior can be hard, not only on the traveler but also on his or her family. Experienced business travelers explain how they MAINTAIN THE PERSONAL-PROFESSIONAL BALANCE...

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Missing Children

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Friday, November 23, 2007

State of the Industry

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Civil Authority Ordered Evacuation

This was a hot topic in 2005 after Hurricane Rita. I made a post in the fall of 2005 on this topic and it died on the vine. This could be the next hot button in 2008 as thousands of people who live in

Posted: 05/23/2008 1:45 PM Replies: 1

Are you working???

Are you working, if so daily or cat? And how long have you been lic.  I think it will be a huge eye opener too many people how many people are not working.  I had a friend recently

Posted: 01/24/2010 3:40 AM Replies: 30

I want to work!

If you are an IA firm looking for a good, honest, hard working, clean cut adjuster that can hit the ground running call me.  I have experience and professional references.   Jason Wells &

Posted: 05/18/2010 8:11 PM Replies: 0

New Adjuster

Hi guys! I've been lurking on this board for a while. I got my TX adjusting license a few months ago. Attended classes for adjusting and Xactimate. I've done the Citizen's certification. I keep seei

Posted: 08/06/2007 11:47 AM Replies: 6

contractor reconciliations

Hi All- I've been at this for quite some time now, but I always am interested in fine tuning the techniques. Please weigh in on how you would deal with the following adjuster/contractor scenarios:

Posted: 12/21/2006 8:09 AM Replies: 6

Adjuster accidents

  I am bored.  Anyone have any interesting accidents on the job?   Last week with my FatMAx i nearly sliced my finger to the bone when retracting it and not paying attention. &nbs

Posted: 06/03/2007 7:26 PM Replies: 15

New Linkedin group for Catastrophe Adjusters

I recently started a "catastrophe adjusters" group on Linkedin. For those of you not familiar with this site you can post your profile, join groups associated with the insurance industry, network with

Posted: 09/01/2010 5:59 AM Replies: 0

Adjusters policing Adjusters

This topic is not discussed in public forums much, but it has been going on as long as I have been in the profession. Workers Comp. Property Adjusters, Auto physical damage and Liability claims of al

Posted: 11/22/2007 10:38 AM Replies: 23

Pay day from Ike

I am not complaining but I have not made as much money from Ike as I expected.  I have been doing this for about 10 years now and expected Ike to be the most profitable CAT yet but it does not se

Posted: 10/23/2008 6:04 PM Replies: 6

Adjusters Exempt from Overtime?

Source: BakerHostetler  From a article posted 7/2/2014 " We have previously discussed how, over the past 10+ years, courts have increasingly recognized that insurance claims adjusters

Posted: 07/03/2014 4:23 AM Replies: 0