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If Adjusters are from Mars then Investigators must be from Venus – Part 2

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If Adjusters are from Mars then Investigators must be from Venus Part 2 of 2 David M. Brani, P.E., Ph.D.   David Brani Engineering, LLC   Part I of this article, published in the March 2019 newsletter, spoke the language of Martian to forensic investigators. This article is for those adjusters from Venus that would like to better understand their Martian counterparts.  As with both articles, the intention is to bring both planets closer together for a more positive working relationship. Insights from Investigators Despite the many healthy working relationships, we all have our challenging moments when working with adjusters. The first article…

If Adjusters are from Mars then Investigators must be from Venus – Part 1

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If Adjusters are from Mars then Investigators must be from Venus Part 1 of 2 David M. Brani, P.E., Ph.D.   David Brani Engineering, LLC   During the course of claim investigations, many adjusters find themselves in need of quality forensic investigators to determine the 'why" of something that happened to enable them to reach sound decisions regarding damages, coverage and potential subrogation. The initial relationship between adjuster and investigator is in many ways like starting a courtship. Neither the adjuster nor their retained investigator benefit when there is unnecessary drama or strife between the two. A long term working relationship is…

A Tale of Two Origins

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A Tale of Two Origins by Rod Sanders, Fire Investigator, IAAI-CFI®, CFEI, CVFI Applied Technical Services, Inc. Most of us at one time or another have read the classic Charles Dickens novel, A Tale of Two Cities. The historical novel takes place during the French Revolution, set in London, England, and Paris, France. Both great cities are in Europe, but each are quite different. This article is about one fire investigation (Europe) and two fire origins (London and Paris) but the causes within each is quite different. An early morning fire destroyed a popular South Florida restaurant. The insurer of…

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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.


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

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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