Is It Really Just The Money ,(The Bonum and the Summum Bonum)?

by Steve Ebner first posted 12/7/2004

Roy

A Blog post from the archive.

It occurred to me that this was just another perk of being a catadjuster.  I have lived in many places, been a gypsy most of my life.  When I think back, my life comes back to me in bits and pieces, as a bit of what happened in this place and a bit of what happened in that. 


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

Article Archive

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.

 

 


View From the Slough, Too - The Art and Science of Branch Assist

Medulus
View From the Slough, Too
The Art and Science of Branch Assist
By Steve Ebner (Medulus@aol.com)
 
I originally wrote this article back in 2001, and hundred of people read it on CADO, but at some point the link to the article became bad. So, for years I have not even been able to access it. I thought the article was lost for good until I recently discovered it on an old backup data disk. Because the conditions in catadjusting in 2001 and 2007 are so similar, I thought it would be a good time to update and revise the article to make it more current and to repost it on CADO. I know there is a danger of sharing too many secrets about how to get by in this business, especially when so many thousands have been added to our ranks with the storms of 2004 and 2005. But it is mainly those with experience and knowledge that will be able to benefit from this information. And I have always been willing to help those who deserve to be helped.
 

The “Killer” amongst us.

A article by Dave Hood

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.


Do it right the first time and reduce re-opens

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.


They don't just hand you the keys.

Roy

This article comes from a forum post that was made by rass3742 on 9/12/2006

One thing I’ve noticed is the incessant struggle between newbies and veterans of our industry, as they scrimmage to identify the paradigm of CAT adjusting.  As a veteran of claims adjusting myself, I have taken the long road here and know that I am better for it.

I have just recently become “active” in reading and posting comments; as such, I hope I am not breaking the rules of CADO by bringing the bulk of a post I already made into this thread.  I just think it’s a topic at the front of so many minds here that it might be of interest as its own discussion.

What I’ve been seeing, in a lot of the posts in the CADO community, are seasoned adjusters who are struggling with the seemingly never-ending complaints of start-up adjusters who aren't being handed a living on a silver platter.

 

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Forum Topics

LONG NIGHTS - LONGER DAYS

Much has been stated about the trials and tribulations of life on the road while working a storm. We all know about the non- stop 18 hour days and the pressure with performing and delivering to maintain a significant income. While I do not know personally what my physical appearance is when I a

Posted In: Community Chat
Replies: 16

Isaac

Does it appear to be a lot of work from this storm? Before the storm my email and phone were busy. It seems to have gotten pretty quiet.

Posted In: General
Replies: 13

Sandy Discussion

So, here we are Sandy is here.  It is really funny how changing jobs from commission to salary changes the perception. When I was a salaried road warrior, I used to beam with joy while seeing those clowns on Weather Channel acting like it's the end of the world. Now, I am a salaried guy working

Posted In: General
Replies: 84

Did I mess up?

 I just got hired by Pilot, I guess. They called and said get your paperwork in and get ready for a drug test. The lady told me that she knew they would call me so pack my bags. I have all paperwork in, but they haven’t called me for a drug test yet. I e-mailed and they said if I was called to

Posted In: General
Replies: 50

"Muffled Cries" story of adjuster killed in Tampa in Nov 04 reruns 9/22/07 at 6:30pm ET

Florida Farm Bureau adjuster, Katie Froeschle, age 25 ,was murdered in Tampa,FL on November 12, 2004 while inspecting a loss by the tenant who is now serving life in prison. Forensic Files investigated this and is re running the story "Muffled Cries" on 9/22/07 at 6:30pm ET. She was beaten

Posted In: General
Replies: 31

2007 Version of Know before you Go.

My opine is not as good as the experts; but I think a monster hurricane will hit Texas or Florida with in the next 50 days. All new and old adjusters try not to be cheated by the known and not surfaced vendors and subs of venders and the subs of the subs. Ask more questions. Keep a copy of ever fil

Posted In: General
Replies: 32

Your Reading Files

Your closed files are the best example of your work. When you are looking at all the vendors who are not seeking your commitment during this very slow period ask permission to email 5-10 of your best work. The narrative reports will get their attention.

Posted In: The Claim File
Replies: 17

HOW SLOW IS IT???

I HAVE BEEN RUNNING THE ROADS FOR 12 YRS.  UP TO THIS POINT EVEN THE SLOW YEARS TREATED ME OK.THIS YEAR HAS BEEN MY SLOWEST EVER.  NONE OF MY ROAD FAMILY ARE OR HAVE BEEN WORKING.  WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS, HAS IT BEEN A GOOD YEAR OR HAVE I STEPPED ON A LOT OF TOES?   HOUTZ &nbs

Posted In: General
Replies: 26

What to do when the insured is deceased or divorced

I think death and divorce are common issues that rarely get covered in training. Adjusters learn what to do by trial and error, or if they are lucky, a knowledgeable supervisor tells them what to do.  Scenario #1.: The adjuster is handling a claim for Mr. John Smith and speaking with  a

Posted In: General
Replies: 8

Fee Schedules

I think someone should have done this a long time ago.  Let's start a list of fee schedules from different carriers and their preferred IA firms.  Everyone should know what companies pay IA's instead of having to learn the hard way.  Anyone have several 2010 fee schedules to start?&nb

Posted In: Community Chat
Replies: 15

Claim Scenario for Discussion

  Forum Transfer; First posted by Janice Toll The following scenario is presented for discussion: Ms. Insured notices that the shingles on her roof are in pretty bad condition, and being one who likes to keep her home in top notch condition, asks some friends to assist her in replacing the sh

Posted In: General
Replies: 17

How many Independent Adjusters out of work Today

Just curious, How many IA's are there out of work today who don't have other income to survive .  How many total adjusters are there in the USA . Including Staff adjusters.?    How many newbies still want to get into this stagnant business.

Posted In: General
Replies: 35

Stress and Mental Health of Adjusters

Does anyone know of mental health services needed by or provided to claims adjusters suffering from stress related symptoms after a severe cat? I am completing my grad degree, and this is the topic for my reserach paper. I am also an adjuster who has been there and done that.

Posted In: General
Replies: 24

Thanks for the help...I got my first job

  I appreciate all the comments on my previous post, which is now locked for some reason.  I just want to say thank you to all who offered advice.  I was called today by The Farmers.  They want me to go to Tuscaloosa, AL to work tornado claims.  I've never worked a claim bu

Posted In: Community Chat
Replies: 30

Business Casual

Report of duty or a class- Dress code- Business Casual I have been watching the gathering of adjusters for several years. Seems about 25% know the definition, 20% try hard , 20% make some attempt.and 35%  did not read the instructions or have defiant leanings.

Posted In: General
Replies: 23

Past Articles

Note: Since CADO first went online in 1995 we have had many members contribute to the site with their articles and forum posts.  But over the years many of these post were lost however, we have recently been able to recover some of the articles and forum post and will be re-posting them as time allows.   They will be posted on this page (Commuunity Blog) with a note indicating that it was a prior post. RC