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From the Archive: Adjuster Murdered in Tampa Bay!

First posted in the forum on 11/15/2004

  • 13 November 2014
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 5175
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This post comes from the forum that we had during the years 2004 -2006.  We lost the forum but not the data.  The  discussion below is related to the killing of an adjuster doing her job 10 years ago on this date,  

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

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  • 6 July 2014
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 9182
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Cat Adjusting as a Profession (Is It For Me?)
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.

Flooding the Market with Useless Prospects: CAT Adjusters and Training

  • 12 June 2014
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 11086
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Flooding the Market with Useless Prospects: CAT Adjusters and Training

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 

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

By Rob Britton @ AmericanWay

  • 24 May 2013
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 13608
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Are you ready for the life as a Cat Adjuster or road warrior?

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...

Quick Tip - Xactimate 27, Training Book

  • 19 April 2010
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 3927
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 If you are currently working with Xactimate 27, then you may wish to get the Training Workbook.

House Fire--A simulated claim for discussion

  • 17 April 2010
  • Author: CADO Admin
  • Number of views: 4
  • 0 Comments
House Fire--A simulated claim for discussion

 To kill some time in this lull period & spread some knowledge, here is the scenario (or scenarios) as you see fit to make it. I will lay out the limited info as follows, and let's see where it goes.

Heavy fire loss occurs in a single family dwelling. Cov is HO-3, no issues with eff dates. Insureds have just left home about 6:00 p.m., a couple hours before fire breaks out and is discovered. High winds fan the flames and each house on either side sustain heat/smoke damage before the fire is brought under control. Let's say both neighboring houses now have some melted vinyl siding, one sided 2 years ago and the other 12 years ago. The elderly neighbor next door initially beat on the insured's door trying to see if they were OK, and burned his hand. He then rushed home to get his wheelchair bound wife out of their house, but she spends a week in the hospital with smoke inhalation related complications.

The insureds are a young couple, both smokers, with a 6 year old son. They just moved in about 2 years ago, only work in the house since they came was replacing the kitchen flooring, and adding a center island with a new cooktop on it. These were professionally installed within the past 6 months.

IKE LOSSES MAY PUT A MAJOR STRAIN ON TWIA

  • 17 September 2008
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 67190
  • 0 Comments

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 ...

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

  • 12 July 2008
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 25570
  • 4 Comments

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. 

Comparative Performance of EPDM As Protection Against Hail Damage

  • 4 March 2008
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 72434
  • 0 Comments

By Ric Vitiello is president of Benchmark Services Inc.

"Among the most serious and challenging threats to the performance of any roofing system is hail damage. Failure of a roof membrane due to hailfall can result in flooding and damage to inventory and equipment. Protecting against hail damage is one of the ultimate tests of any roofing ...

Common Estimating Errors

  • 29 February 2008
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 72583
  • 0 Comments

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 ...

2008 and Cat Adjusting

  • 1 January 2008
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 3882
  • 1 Comments

State of the Industry

  • 23 November 2007
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 2244
  • 2 Comments

CADO is turning 12!!

  • 2 October 2007
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 2474
  • 2 Comments

What are they saying about us

  • 8 September 2007
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 2502
  • 3 Comments
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.

Missing Children

  • 27 August 2007
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 2234
  • 0 Comments

CADO March 2007 Update

  • 27 August 2007
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 2444
  • 1 Comments
Comments about the updates to the CADO site.

Catadjusting and Crisis Intervention

  • 16 August 2007
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 73474
  • 1 Comments
Catadjusting and Crisis Intervention

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.

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

  • 7 August 2007
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 75399
  • 4 Comments
View From the Slough, Too - The Art and Science of Branch Assist
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.
 

Using the Square Break tool to add roof extensions

  • 8 June 2007
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 2218
  • 7 Comments
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.

Using the Summary Matrix to change Base Service Charges

  • 8 June 2007
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 3333
  • 1 Comments
In this blog we will show you one way to change the base service charges using the Summary Matrix.

Use Sketch Templates to save time and increase production

  • 8 June 2007
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 3016
  • 7 Comments
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.

The “Killer” amongst us.

  • 8 June 2007
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 2817
  • 0 Comments
The “Killer” amongst us.

KATT'S 008 Commentary

  • 8 June 2007
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 1935
  • 5 Comments

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

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

  • 8 June 2007
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 2165
  • 1 Comments

Florida Focus---Changes in the Wind?

  • 8 June 2007
  • Author: Roy
  • Number of views: 2595
  • 1 Comments
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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From the Archive: Adjuster Murdered in Tampa Bay!

First posted in the forum on 11/15/2004

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