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Wind v. mechanically induced damage in roof evaluations

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Wind v. mechanically induced damage in roof evaluations  Top 7 tips of insurance claims fraud   by Daniel Joita P.E. - Senior Forensic Engineer Abstract With the increased number of insurance claims, especially during recent storms/hurricane season, there's been an increasing trend of mechanically induced damage to roofing surfaces. Many claims in the roofing industry call for a detailed examination as the amount of altered evidence becomes more obvious. Roofing contractors often offer to help the homeowners with their claim by providing a free inspection. By doing so, some contractors will sometimes generate more damage by inspection activities rather than…

Good-Faith Claim Handling in Florida

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Good-Faith Claim Handling in Florida Timothy R. Engelbrecht, Esq. and Matthew J. Lavisky, Esq. Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP Like many states, Florida law allows a person under a first-party insurance contract to sue an insurer if the person has been damaged by certain actions often referred to as "bad-faith" claim handling practices. The purpose of this article is to explain how Florida addresses bad-faith claim handling practices. This article will also provide examples of how claims professionals can ensure they are always handling claims in good faith. Prior to 1982, Florida did not recognize a cause of action for…

Hurricane Window Damage Assessment

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Hurricane Window Damage Assessment Brian G. Johnson, M.S., P.E. One common assignment forensic engineers receive following catastrophic weather events is to determine the cause of water intrusion into a building. Frequently, it is alleged by the building owner or representative that wind forces damaged the windows of the building, resulting in leaks and damage to the interior finishes. The proposed scope of repair is replacement of all windows and repair of moisture damaged interior finishes. However, moisture damage to the interior finishes surrounding a window is not necessarily indicative of wind related damage to the window components. In storm events…
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Atlanta Claims Association

The ACA is a professional association for insurance claims personnel in the Atlanta area. Go to the Atlanta Claims Association website.

Casualty Adjusters Guide

Since 1958…”The” original Claim Guide. Go to the Casualty Adjusters Guide website.

Claims Magazine

Covering the Business of Loss. Go to the Claims Magazine website.

Georgia Defense Lawyers Association

The Georgia Defense Lawyers Association offers formal avenues for training, networking and communication. GDLA membership benefits include CLE seminars, judicial receptions, a newsletter and annual Law Journal, plus access to an e-mail blast system that allows members to pose questions about experts, points of law, emerging issues, and more. Go to the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association website.

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Since 1956, GTLA has worked tirelessly to ensure that everyday citizens, Georgia families and small businesses are never deprived of their constitutional guarantee of access to true justice. The Mission of GTLA is simple:  We are dedicated to protecting the Constitutional promise of justice for all by guaranteeing the right to trial by jury, preserving an independent judiciary, and providing access to the courts for all Georgians. Go to the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association website.

Honorable Order of the Blue Goose, Intl

For more information on this organization, go to the Blue Goose website.

How Stuff Works

Some complex technological questions explained simply. Go to the How Stuff Works website.

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)

For more information on the IBHS and FORTIFIED BUILDINGS, visit the IBHS website.

Mapquest

A great source for knowing where you are, and where you are going. Go the Mapquest website.

National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE)

Are you looking for an engineer with proven claims experience? NAFE is your best and only source for Board Certified Forensic Engineers. Go to the National Academy of Forensic Engineers website.

International Association of Insurance Professionals

IAIP (International) serves its members by providing professional education, an environment in which to build business alliances and the opportunity to make connections with people of differing career paths and levels of experience within the insurance industry. Go to the National Association of Insurance Professionals.website.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NOAA National Weather Service Website. A great source for weather forecasts, maps, aviation weather, and weather archives. Go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website.

Property & Liability Resource Bureau – PLRB

For more information on the PLRB organization, go to the PLRB website.

Risk and Insurance Management Society

The mission of the Atlanta Chapter of the Risk & Insurance Management Society is to advance and promote the risk management profession by: (1) Providing timely and valuable educational programs, (2) Facilitating career development and networking; and (3) Fostering an environment of support for students. Go to the Risk and Insurance Management Society website.

Ultimate Insurance Links

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