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Do Your Claims Letters Contain the Appropriate Tone?
There’s no good reason to make an enemy of the claimant or, if in litigation, the opposing attorney. We reveal ourselves in our claims letters and their tone. Is the tone nasty? Negative? Arrogant? Your job is to make your …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 2:34 PM
NYC Slip and Fall Scheme Defrauded Businesses, Insurers of More Than $31M
Five New York City men were charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a scheme to obtain fraudulent insurance reimbursement and other compensation for fraudulent slip-and-fall accidents, according to a joint announcement by the United …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 2:05 PM
Illusionist Copperfield Testifies in Las Vegas Tourist Injury Case
David Copperfield testified Wednesday that he didn’t know until he was sued that a British tourist claimed to have been seriously injured while taking part in an illusion during a performance on the Las Vegas Strip in 2013. Although Copperfield …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 1:33 PM
Houston-Area District Expects $155M in Damage Repairs From Harvey
The Houston-area flood control district has estimated needing $155 million to study and fix damaged infrastructure after Hurricane Harvey. Workers this week are assessing the storm’s destruction to the Harris County Flood Control District’s 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers) of bayous, …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 1:26 PM
Excavator Blamed for Island-Wide Blackout in Puerto Rico
An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday after an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line, officials said, as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said it could …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 1:16 PM
Rodent Infestation, Filth Found Before Egg Recall
Before a U.S. farm voluntarily recalled 207 million eggs, government inspectors found rodents scurrying in manure pits, equipment that was coated with grime and food debris, and outside a swarm of “large flying insects too numerous to count.” Unsanitary conditions …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 8:38 AM
Survivors of Southwest Engine Explosion Could File PTSD Claims
Being on an airplane more than six miles in the air when an engine blows up and sends shrapnel through a window is an experience so scary that aviation lawyers say it’s not just the family of the woman killed …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 8:31 AM
Study: Medical Marijuana Users More Likely to Use and Misuse Prescription Drugs
Can medical marijuana help to fight the opioid epidemic? Many believe that it can. But a new study finds that people who use medical marijuana actually have higher rates of medical and non-medical prescription drug use—including pain relievers. The study …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 8:14 AM
Nationwide Switching to Independent Agency Distribution Model by 2020
Independent agents take note – Nationwide may be on your side. Nationwide on Monday announced its intention to shift to an independent agency distribution model over the next two years. The Columbus, Ohio-based carrier, which provides a range of insurance …

POSTED APRIL 19, 2018 5:58 PM
Police Cars Twice as Likely to Crash While Responding to Emergencies
A new study from the University of Iowa shows the importance of drivers pulling over for police cars en route to emergencies. The study from the UI College of Public Health finds that police cars are nearly twice as likely …

POSTED APRIL 19, 2018 3:31 PM

News – Insurance Journal

Business Risk Partners Partners With Aspen on Agents Professional Liability Coverage
Program administrator Business Risk Partners (BRP) has released an expanded professional liability form for insurance agents and brokers through Aspen American Insurance Co., part of Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited. The policy targets a range of insurance agents and brokers – …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:49 PM
Woman Injured at Ohio Fair Gets $1.8M from Ride Owner, Inspection Companies
A woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a thrill ride accident at last year’s Ohio State Fair will receive $1.8 million. A judge this week approved the settlement that calls for the ride’s owner, Amusements of America, and …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:44 PM
Houston-Area Flood Control District: $155M Needed for Harvey Damage Study, Repairs
The Houston-area flood control district has estimated needing $155 million to study and fix damaged infrastructure after Hurricane Harvey. Workers this week are assessing the storm’s destruction to the Harris County Flood Control District’s 2,500 miles of bayous, creeks and …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:38 PM
Firefighters Hope Better Weather Will Aid Oklahoma Wildfire Fight
Firefighters are hoping higher humidity and milder winds will help them fight wildfires in Oklahoma, though conditions are critical in Arizona and New Mexico. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Todd Schroeder said on April 19 that a fire near Leedey, about …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:34 PM
Florida Lawyer Gets Prison for $23M Auto Insurance Fraud Scheme
A Florida man has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for his role in a $23 million auto insurance fraud involving chiropractors’ clinics. The SunSentinel reports 55-year-old Jason Dalley wept in court April 16 as a judge …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:33 PM
6 Students Injured in Florida School Bus, Semi Collision
A school bus and a semitractor-trailer collided in Florida, slightly injuring six high school students. News outlets report the bus was carrying about 18 students when it crashed Wednesday in Brooksville, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Tampa. The …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:30 PM
Louisiana Man Admits Setting 9 Fires in Neighborhood, Gets 2 Years
A 44-year-old Louisiana man has admitted setting nine fires in his neighborhood — the last six on his own street. Authorities say he confessed while being interviewed about the last fire, which was set in a car outside his home. …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:29 PM
West Virginia Regulators Monitoring Collapsed Section of Dam
West Virginia regulators are monitoring a damaged dam in the northern part of the state that could potentially fail. The state Department of Environmental Protection says in a news release a worker with the town of Lumberport notified authorities Wednesday …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:29 PM
German Prosecutors Eye Investigation of Auto Supplier Bosch over Emissions Scandal
German prosecutors may widen an investigation into auto supplier Robert Bosch over its suspected involvement in emissions test cheating to include dealings with Fiat, Ford, General Motors and Hyundai, according to the Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office. German weekly der Spiegel …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:26 PM
Tractors Worth $50K Stolen from Scottie Pippen’s Arkansas Farm
Authorities in rural Arkansas are investigating the theft of more than $50,000 worth of equipment from a farm owned by former NBA star Scottie Pippen. Investigator Mark Griever of the Ashley County Sheriff’s Office says two tractors were stolen from …

POSTED APRIL 20, 2018 4:26 PM

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