To those of you who wished me a happy birthday – thank you. It is good to be 77 and still working doing what I love to do.
Avoid the Tort of Bad Faith With Complete Claims Knowledge
To assist the insurance industry avoid the tort of bad faith Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE, an insurance coverage and claims consultant, has created a library of insurance claims books and internet based training programs to make it possible for insurers to develop a claims staff of insurance claims professionals.
Insurance is a business of utmost good faith. Each party to the contract of insurance must do nothing to deprive the other of the benefits of the contract of insurance. Because claims personnel were untrained, incompetent, and unprofessional they treated insureds badly and the tort of bad faith was created.
As the Baby Boom generation retires insurers are obligated to hire new, young and inexperienced claims personnel out of a employment market where there are more jobs available than people needed to fill them. Insurers are faced with an effort to bring a new crop of graduates into the insurance profession. Since most insurer based insurance training departments have been eliminated there is a need for other means to train a new generation of claims professionals.
The books described in this post need a home in each law office, each insurance company. each independent adjuster’s claims office and in the offices of every public insurance adjusting firm.
Barry Zalma’s Insurance Claims Library provides the insurance law and insurance claims information needed by every claims person and insured. They are available on amazon.com and at http://zalma.com/blog/insurance-claims-library/ or the individual links at each described book. Web based training is available at experfy.com and illumeo.com or you can have Barry Zalma present the training live to your personnel.
Everything Needed by the Insurance Claims Professional
Over the last 51 years Barry Zalma has dedicated his life to insurance, insurance claims and the need to defeat insurance fraud. He has created the following library of books and other materials to make it possible for insurers and their claims staff to become insurance claims professionals.
This series of books is the latest addition to Barry Zalma’s insurance claims series of books and articles that will form the most thorough, up-to-date, expert-authored insurance claims guide available today.
Written by nationally-renowned insurance coverage expert Barry Zalma, a semi-retired insurance coverage attorney, consultant, expert witness and blogger, Mold Claims provides in-depth explanations, analysis, examples, and detailed discussion of:
•Mold, fungi and bacteria claims; and
•Mold, Fungi, Bacteria litigation.
Thorough, yet practical, this series of books form the ideal guide for any professional who works in or frequently interacts with the insurance industry or is involved in litigation. Claims professionals, risk managers, producers, underwriters, attorneys (both plaintiff and defense), and business owners will benefit greatly from the mold volumes. It is also the perfect resource for insurance educators, trainers, and students whose role requires an understanding of insurance law as it relates to mold, fungi and bacterial infestations.
The author has provided checklists, sample procedures, form letters, tables and information and references to model statutes, state statutes, administrative regulations, and requirements of insurance departments nationwide.
The Law of Unintended Consequences and the Tort of Bad Faith
The concept of unintended consequences is one of the building blocks of economics. Adam Smith’s “invisible hand,” the most famous metaphor in social science, is an example of a positive unintended consequence.
Most often, however, the law of unintended consequences illuminates the perverse unanticipated effects of legislation and regulation. In 1692 the English philosopher John Locke, a forerunner of modern economists, urged the defeat of a parliamentary bill desi
gned to cut the maximum permissible rate of interest from 6 percent to 4 percent. Insurance is controlled by the courts, through appellate decisions, and by governmental agencies, through statute and regulation. Compliance with the appellate decisions, statutes, and regulations—different in the various states—is exceedingly difficult and expensive.
The business of insurance is, unfortunately, subject to the law of unintended consequences as if it were on steroids.
Read about these and other insurance books by Barry Zalma at http://zalma.com/blog/insurance-claims-library/