Friday, June 8, 2007

Use Sketch Templates to save time and increase production

Author: Roy
The template tools in "Sketch" allow you to create diagrams and reuse them in other claims. You can even share them with other adjusters. In this blog we will show you how to create a template and load it.
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Friday, November 23, 2007

State of the Industry

Author: Roy
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Friday, June 8, 2007

Profession or Commodity

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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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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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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

2008 and Cat Adjusting

Author: Roy
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Friday, June 8, 2007

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

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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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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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Friday, February 16, 2007

They don't just hand you the keys.

Author: 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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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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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

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

Author: 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.
 
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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, 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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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

CADO is turning 12!!

Author: Roy
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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

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

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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Saturday, September 8, 2007

What are they saying about us

Author: Roy
Recent articles published by Bloomberg a copy of which I've posted in the forums completely disparage the work we do. We are seen as mere puppets who foolishly obey our carrier and vendor masters with no forethought or ethics.
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Monday, August 27, 2007

Missing Children

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Local Claims Assoc Meetings (one in Dallas, TX 10/5)

If you haven't checked out any of the local claims associations in your area, you may want to try one and see if it would be worthwhile to attend. Granted, most will be found in the major population c

Posted: 10/02/2011 10:05 AM Replies: 0

Need to work

I am a very experience pdrp estimator and will be receiving my Texas All Lines License in a few weeks. I am looking to get to the Sandy region. I am willing to go work for anyone needing ass

Posted: 11/14/2012 11:13 AM Replies: 5

tree removal per man hour rates

IM trying to find out what is the range of per man hour paid on tree removal on very large claims and very high risks?

Posted: 05/14/2010 2:38 PM Replies: 3

Insurance Journal raises question about regs under new a President?

Insurance Journal raises post election changes for the industry.   Insurance Journal home page should the above link become inactive.   The Journal mentions with the changes in Washingto

Posted: 11/06/2008 4:37 AM Replies: 4

Irene Deployment - possible scam?

I recently replied to a classifieds post that is requesting adjusters for Irene. They replied stating that I was acepted and to be in xxxxxx location by xxxxx time. The classified does not list a com

Posted: 08/30/2011 5:22 PM Replies: 2

Oh great

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/01...low_a.html Looks like my home state is going to allow this craziness to start.

Posted: 01/06/2012 5:50 AM Replies: 4

FEMA may run out of money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2011-05-26-FEMA-disaster-relief-funds

Posted: 05/26/2011 4:35 PM Replies: 5

Florida and Background Checks

Does anyone have information about the new florida laws with regard to temporary lisencees?  These laws do not effect me, as my TX license reciprocates, but I received an email from a firm stati

Posted: 05/30/2007 6:36 PM Replies: 4

Picture pages . . .

Years ago I had a template in Excel into which I could place pictures and label them.  It had a header for each page with a place for Insured's name, claim #, policy number & DOL, and (I think) a

Posted: 10/21/2006 9:55 AM Replies: 7

T&E vs. Fee Schedule

I am working as a research assistant for someone writing an article for Claims Magazine. The subject matter is exploring the differences between working files on a T&E basis verses working on

Posted: 09/03/2009 6:23 PM Replies: 1