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Bad Faith

Chantal M. Roberts

My career spans 20 years in the insurance claims industry with specialization in commercial general liability, special investigations/fraud investigations, commercial auto insurance, homeowner’s insurance, and cargo insurance. I spent the majority of that time working claims for syndicates of Lloyd’s of London. I published How Can Cannabis Claims be Covered and Adjusted? in the CPCU…

Damian J. Arguello

Risk management & insurance thought leader & influencer, law professor, coverage counsel, & insurance expert witness.

Podcast: Claim Ramifications of Keodalah v. Allstate Decision in Washington State

THE CLAIMS JOURNAL interviewed AAIMCo member Kevin Quinley on claim ramifications of the 2018 Keodalah v. Allstate decision, allowing adjusters to be added as individual defendants in bad faith lawsuits.

Technical Aspects Of Professional Liability Claims

“To the uninformed, “a claim is a claim is a claim.” To some extent this is true. Any type of liability claim requires proof that the insured owed a duty to another person or entity, that the insured breached this duty, and that the breach was the proximate cause of quantitatively measurable damages suffered by the person or entity to whom the duty was owed. Thereafter, it becomes a matter of determining whether or not there are any defenses such as comparative or contributory negligence on the part of the claimant. Finally, there is the question of coverage—the issue of whether or not the policy will respond to the claim. ….

There are significant differences between managing professional liability claims, compared to those arising out of more standardized coverages. …”

The risks inherent in diminishing limit policies

“Diminishing limits policies create a host of potential problems for insurance company claim departments. As is well known the insurance industry has long been plagued with “nuisance” claims. While in some instances insurance companies make quick settlements of nuisance claims to avoid defense cost expenditures, in others, insurers will attempt to resist such claims to avoid setting a precedent, thereby sending a message to the plaintiff’s bar that nuisance claims will not be honored. Considering that defense costs are deducted from the policy’s aggregate limits, either course of action places an insurance company in a difficult position. … “

“Ten Claim-Handling Lessons from `The Game of Thrones'”

Kevin extracts insights from HBO’s popular series and sees implications for how claim professionals approach the challenges in their work.

Mark L. Pollack

Mark Pollack is an accomplished entrepreneur, industry instructor, and subject matter expert offering at 30+ year in the insurance industry and extensive credentials and licenses. Leveraged knowledge of property and casualty claims, claim management, breach of contract, and bad faith claim handling to serve as an expert witness for both plaintiff and defendant attorneys.  Mr.…

Olie R. Jolstad

Olie Jolstad is an insurance expert with over 40 years of professional insurance experience in commercial and personal lines insurance claims handling, coverage analysis, managing general agent, and agent/broker procurement of insurance. Mr. Jolstad holds the Senior Claims Law Associate (SCLA) designation, as well as being a Fellow in the American College of Forensic Examiners…

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