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A Review of the Modern Claims Made Form

“Since its creation, “claims made” wording’s use has expanded outside of the “profession” and professional liability realm, finding use in diverse liability coverages. But the roots of “claims made” wording, and its most common use still, is found in covering the exposures created by a “professional’s” activities. As seen by the list of true “professions,” professionals are individuals who provide a service to society which, if done poorly, could cause extreme or irreparable personal or financial harm. …

The expansion of claims made policy forms beyond “professions” caused the basic “claims made” concept to diverge and evolve into two distinct forms. One evolutionary branch commenced in professional liability coverages (known also as “errors and omissions” coverages in this series) and the second branch grew out of the financial services industry and the need for directors and officers liability protection, fiduciary liability and employment practices liability (referred throughout this series as “executive liability” coverages).

Although both branches attach to the tree at the same point; greatly different “claims made triggers” have resulted. Additionally, coverage terms, conditions and definitions differ between the two branches.”

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Craig Andrews

Craig Andrews is a Senior Consultant with Malecki Deimling Nielander & Associates, LLC.  Craig entered the property-casualty industry as a producer in an independent insurance agency in Defiance, Ohio in 1977.  A few months later, he established his own independent agency “from scratch”.  He operated the agency successfully until selling it in 1996 to join…

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Michael Gay

Insurance Program Executive. Expert Witness, Insurance Educator, Risk Manager Insurance Program Executive… 30+ years of experience in property and casualty insurance program design, policy form drafting and analysis, underwriting, operations, and management of specialty programs. Expert Witness…litigation consulting in complex insurance coverage cases, underwriting practices, and agent/agency duties. Extensive knowledge of Best Practices for Insurers,…

James W. Greer

Jim Greer’s experience spans thirty-eight years in the insurance adjusting and claims administration industry, beginning with a variety of field and home office assignments with Aetna Life and Casualty’s P&C Claim division. After excelling as a claims professional in various field and home office management positions, he became a key participant in several business and…

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Jennifer Walker

Jennifer Walker is the founding member of the Walker Law Firm, LLC. (Iowa), the Law Office of Jennifer Walker, LLC. (Georgia) and Walker Risk Consulting, LLC. (Iowa).  Jennifer was admitted to the Georgia State Bar in 2014 after a 30 year career in the insurance industry.   She was admitted to the Iowa State Bar in…

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