Sunday, February 8, 2015

Want to move to New Zealand and work as a Loss Adjuster?

Earthquake Commission (EQC) will pay 24 of its staff $65,000

Author: Roy

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) will pay 24 of its staff $65,000 a year to fill new positions requiring just over one week's work per month.

The public insurer is looking for candidates from within its workforce for "base contractor" positions, as loss adjusters and estimators, around the country.

The jobs pay $65,000 plus GST a year for 54 hours work a month, which is about $100 an hour, with each contractor being paid even if there is no work.

That is about double the going hourly rate for a loss adjuster working full time on residential buildings, a leading recruitment firm says.

source: stuff.co.nz

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Monday, February 8, 2016

All insurers should resist dubious claims

Author: CADO Admin
Shingles are something you never want to have, unless they're on the top of your house or on the outside of your law office. 

Joe Cantu is fortunate not to have shingles, at least not on his roof, but he does have cement tiles up there, and some of them apparently got damaged when the March 29, 2012 hailstorm hit his Hidalgo County home. 

Though conceding that only 8-14 tiles were damaged, Cantu nevertheless wanted his insurer, State Farm Lloyds, to replace all the tiles on his roof, ostensibly to make sure they would match. 

When State Farm told Cantu “can't do,” Cantu said “can too” and filed suit. 

Last month, a federal jury agreed with State Farm. It wasn't a difficult decision in the end, because the cost of replacing the damaged tiles was less than Cantu's deductible. 

Source: setexasrecord.com 

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Repeated Red Flags In How Insurance Companies Have Handled & Denied The Claims Of Sandy Flood Victims For Damage To Their Homes

Author: Roy
Schumer, Gillibrand: FEMA must protect Sandy victims & ensure they are fairly compensated for devastating losses.

Repeated Red Flags In How Insurance Companies Have Handled & Denied The Claims Of Sandy Flood Victims For Damage To Their Homes.

 

Long Island, NY - November 16, 2014 - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today called on the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to immediately investigate repeated red flags involving Superstorm Sandy insurance claims for homeowners on Long Island.

The above is a quote from the article on LongIsland.com

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Farmers Insurance Is Using the Oculus Rift to Train Workers in Virtual Reality

Source: Time Inc

Author: Roy

Over the years, virtual reality technology has improved so much that insurance companies are starting to experiment with VR headsets like Facebook’s “fb” Oculus Rift.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Insurers ache for qualified inspectors after U.S. hurricanes

Source: Reuters

Author: CADO Admin

(Reuters) - Insurers are scrambling to find inspectors in Texas and Florida after fierce hurricanes battered the states one after the other, causing tens of billions of dollars' worth of property damage in less than two weeks.


Although insurers maintain some number of inspectors, known as claims adjusters, across the U.S. year-round, they must redeploy staff from other areas or hire contract workers to fill gaps when catastrophes like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma strike. The speed with which they can do so is critical to residents and business owners awaiting insurance payments.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Farmers - Deploys Cat Adjusters

2-25 Texas Storm

Author: Roy

February 26, 2013

A storm system moved through Austin and San Antonio, Texas producing strong winds on the evening of February 25, 2012. These conditions resulted to damage to homes and other property.

Catastrophe adjusters have been deployed to the area to assist with claims and we will continue to monitor the situation closely.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Citizens: We weren't ready for major impact from Hurricane Matthew

Source: sun-sentinel.com

Author: CADO Admin
An Oct. 5 news release declared: “Citizens is ready for Hurricane Matthew, Are You?”

Months later, Citizens — with 225,000 policyholders in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties — revealed it was not ready to respond to a major storm in South Florida. Companies Citizens had hired to provide independent claims adjusters for post-storm damage assessments supplied far fewer adjusters than Citizens requested.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

State Farm® to Conduct Drone Damage Assessment Flights Following Hurricane Michael

Source: State Farm 10-16 Press Release

Author: CADO Admin
It was less than one month ago when Hurricane Florence struck North and South Carolina. State Farm was the first and only insurance company to receive an FAA waiver allowing Claims pilots to operate drones beyond visual line of sight and over people for damage assessment. Drone flights were coordinated with the FAA and Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) at Virginia Tech as part of the Integration Pilot Program for large-scale damage assessment in Virginia and South Carolina.
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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Exclusive: Erie Insurance tests Google Glass to help process claims

Source: Paul J. Gough, Pittsburgh Business Times

Author: Roy

"The next time you get a visit from an insurance adjuster, he or she might be wearing a futuristic headset to help process your claim. Pittsburgh policyholders were part of a pilot program from Erie Insurance (NASDAQ:ERIE) to test the use of off-the-shelf Google Glass as a way to make insurance adjusters’ working lives easier and more efficient. The idea, developed by three Erie Insurance employees, was vetted by the board of directors following a company wide contest. This is the first time Erie’s program has been disclosed beyond the company." 

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Engineer in trial over Biloxi home calls insurance adjusters 'brainwashed'

Sisters suing State Farm under whistle-blower law

Author: Roy

Quote below from the article on sunherald.com

"GULFPORT -- Structural engineer Ralph Sinno, an expert on wind damage to buildings, testified in federal court Thursday that Hurricane Katrina's winds destroyed a North Biloxi home.

Sinno, a retired Mississippi State University professor, said State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. overlooked wind damage that would have been obvious to a sophomore engineering student.

Wind, he said, lifted up and twisted the house, as evidenced by a 45-degree crack in exterior brick that separated from the house."

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Friday, February 22, 2013

New York reports more than 270,000 insurance claims paid after Sandy

From the Associated Press

Author: Roy

"More than 270,000 claims have been paid by 24 insurers since Hurricane Sandy damaged and flooded Staten Island and other parts of New York City as well as Long Island and its suburbs last fall, New New York officials report."

"The average time from claims report to inspection ranged from three days for Arch Insurance Group, with 242 commercial claims, to 20 days for State Farm with 55,592 claims, noting its wide array of claims, complexity and damage severity."

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

New York State gets tough on Sandy insurers

New York State has told its financial watchdog to investigate three insurance companies ...

Author: Roy
(Reuters) - New York State has told its financial watchdog to investigate three insurance companies for dragging their heels when it comes to processing claims for damage caused by Superstorm Sandy that slammed the region last October.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that consumer complaints against Narragansett Bay Insurance Company, Tower Insurance Company and Kingstone Insurance Company received by the state's Department of Financial Services have been "much higher than average."

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Monday, July 24, 2017

People News: Chubb, CCG, GEICO

Author: CADO Admin
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Insurance Carrier Changes Water Damage Coverage

Author: Roy

"Allstate was the one company that was the exception to this rule. Any water that comes in contact with the ground and then enters the home is classified as 'ground water', according to Allstate. This is reason enough for them to deny a claim. Other insurance companies view the sprinklers as part of the plumbing of the home, and would extend coverage if a sprinkler pipe broke and caused damage to the inside of the home, provided the water entered through a window well or stairwell and not through the foundation."  

quote from the article on:  http://newswire.net/

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Texas Insurers Headed Toward West Explosion Site

Source: Insurance Council of Texas

Author: Roy
Texas insurers are mobilizing to assist policyholders in the area of West where a fertilizer plant exploded yesterday causing extensive damage to the Central Texas community. 
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Insurance industry wins temporary FLSA exemption for insurance adjusters in CRomnibus

Source: Lexology

Author: Roy
Congress's omnibus spending bill effectively created a new exemption to the FLSA's overtime rules for insurance adjusters during the two-year period after a major disaster. Section 111 of the appropriations bill for the DOL directs the agency that the FLSA "shall be applied as if" there is an overtime exclusion for certain workers who are employed to adjust or evaluate claims resulting from or relating to a major disaster. The law defines a "major disaster" as "any disaster or catastrophe declared or designated by any State or Federal agency or department."
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

National Lloyds Insurance Co and Compass Adjusting Services

Hurricane Ike trial ends in win for National Lloyds Insurance

Author: Roy
According to the charge of the court, filed Wednesday, jurors answered “no” when asked if National Lloyds failed to comply with the terms of the insurance policy issued to Thibodeaux.
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Racketeering suit faces Hartford over Sandy

Author: Roy
New York • A couple claiming damage from Hurricane Sandy has filed court papers accusing a Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. unit, an engineering firm and a law firm for the insurer of engaging in racketeering by scheming to use fraudulent reports to deny claims.
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Don’t Mess With Texas Adjusters In Hail Damage Claims

Source: Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP

Author: Roy
Texas hail claim policyholder lawyers, like many plaintiffs’ lawyers, clearly prefer to be in state court rather than federal court. To accomplish this and prevent the defendant insurer from properly removing the lawsuit to federal court, Texas policyholder attorneys simply sue the adjuster (who, like the policyholder, is almost always a Texas resident). This common act of gamesmanship ostensibly destroys the complete diversity of citizenship required for federal court diversity jurisdiction, allowing the policyholder to litigate its hail damage claim in state court.
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Team One Adjusting, LLC and Ideal Adjusting, Inc

Author: Roy
After storms damaged Mary Erving’s home in Cedar Hill, Texas, she looked to her homeowner’s insurer, National Lloyds to help her rebuild.  National Lloyds sent two adjusters, Team One Adjusting, LLC and Ideal Adjusting, Inc., to inspect the Erving home, and National Lloyds ultimately paid the claims based on the adjusters’ assessments.
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