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  • FEMA Can’t Rely on Trailers for Hurricane Victim Housing September 20, 2017 2:10 pm
    The hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida have likely spawned the worst disaster-created housing crisis since Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents without homes more than a decade ago. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it’s …
  • Iowa Workers’ Comp Rate Reduction Revives Debate September 20, 2017 2:00 pm
    Iowa’s governor and the organization that sets workers’ compensation rates are disputing whether a new law influenced a recent rate reduction in premiums for employers. The National Council on Compensation Insurance announced an 8.7 average premium reduction for Iowa employers …
  • Category 4 Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico Hard September 20, 2017 1:46 pm
    Hurricane Maria slammed into southeastern Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm with the potential to inflict $30 billion in damages just two weeks after Irma ravaged the cash-strapped island. Top winds reached 155 miles (249 kilometers) per hour as …
  • Oregon Supreme Court Decides the Meaning of ‘Recovery’ for Claims Under ORS §742.061 September 20, 2017 9:32 am
    Under ORS §742.061, insurance companies are required to pay their insured’s attorney’s fees in Oregon if, in the insured’s lawsuit brought against the insurer, the insured obtains a “recovery” that exceeds the amount of any tender made by the insurance …
    Steven Plitt
  • NCCI Examines Employee, Legislator and Regulator Concerns About Marijuana September 20, 2017 9:30 am
    Two more articles released by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) examine the many questions employees, legislators and regulators have regarding marijuana use in the workplace. “The Marijuana Conversation: Questions Employees Are Asking” article is the third in a …
  • Fraud News: Fake Property Claim, Staged Crashes and Workers’ Comp Fraud September 20, 2017 9:21 am
    Mississippi Woman Arrested for Insurance Fraud A woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to defraud an insurance company by claiming her property was destroyed in a fire at her home in Mississippi. Attorney General Jim Hood, in a news …
  • Former Worker Says Tesla’s Firing Denied Him Lucrative Shares September 20, 2017 8:39 am
    A former Tesla Inc. factory worker filed a lawsuit alleging the automaker fired him a day before his one-year anniversary, denying him hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock options that he claims should have vested. Stephen Platt – …
  • Technology Gains Over the Years Improved Catastrophe Claims Response September 19, 2017 5:22 pm
    Claims handling has come a long way in 30 years. Just ask Randall Beal, manager of the field technical unit for American Modern Insurance Group. He began working in claims in the early 1980s, when his toolkit consisted of a …
    Denise Johnson
  • After Irma’s $1B Damage Puerto Rico Braces for Maria September 19, 2017 2:33 pm
    Two weeks ago, Puerto Rico was spared a devastating hit when Hurricane Irma ripped up the Caribbean. This time, it may not be so lucky. The bankrupt island, already contending with the aftermath of a storm that left as much …
  • Study Finds Small Drones Unlikely to Cause Major Head Injuries September 19, 2017 2:26 pm
    The small, popular drones flooding the commercial market are unlikely to cause severe head injuries if they fall out of the sky and strike people, a new study has concluded. The results are similar to findings earlier this year by …
  • State Budgets Strained by Natural Disaster Costs September 19, 2017 2:06 pm
    A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding. The combined tab from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is expected to hit $200 …
  • 4 Ways Machine Learning Can Help Workers’ Comp Claims Teams September 19, 2017 9:57 am
    You may have heard some buzz about machine learning (ML), but what exactly is it? And, more importantly, how does it relate to you? ML essentially refers to the phenomenon of computers and other devices that appear to be intelligent …
  • Harvey Recovery Czar Faces Limits in Texas Disaster Mitigation September 19, 2017 9:36 am
    The man tasked with overseeing Texas’ Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts sees his job as “future-proofing” before the next disaster, but he isn’t empowered on his own to reshape flood-prone Houston or the state’s vulnerable coastline, which has been walloped by …
  • Man Burned by Caustic Beer at N.J. Casino Eatery Awarded $750,000 September 19, 2017 9:18 am
    A man whose esophagus and stomach were severely burned when he drank a beer tainted by a caustic chemical at an Atlantic City casino restaurant has been awarded $750,000. A jury on Friday awarded the man, Richard Washart, $650,000 for …
  • Coastal Growth in U.S Continues Despite Past Storm Lessons September 19, 2017 8:48 am
    Rising sea levels and fierce storms have failed to stop relentless population growth along U.S. coasts in recent years, a new Associated Press analysis shows. The latest punishing hurricanes scored bull’s-eyes on two of the country’s fastest growing regions: coastal …
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