How to Deal with Claims of Bad Faith and Fraud

“The Law of Unintended Consequences and the Tort of Bad Faith;” “California Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations;” and California SIU Regulations”

To assist the insurance industry in its efforts to 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.

Insurers must 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.

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

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.

“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.

Available as a paperback  

Available as a Kindle book

“California Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations”

A Guide to Insureds, Public Insurance Adjusters, and Lawyers to Properly Investigate and Adjust Insurance Claims

This book was designed to assist insurance personnel who do business in the state of California. It will assist all insurance claims personnel, claims professionals, independent insurance adjusters, special fraud investigators, private investigators who work for the insurance industry, the management in the industry, the attorneys who serve the industry, public insurance adjusters, policyholders and counsel for policyholders working with insurers doing business in California. All insurers doing business in California must comply with the requirements of the Regulations or face the ire of, and attempts at financial punishment from, the CDOI. That punishment is now questionable and limited because some courageous insurers fought the CDOI and succeeded before an administrative law judge who limited the right to punish. Regardless of difficulties in assessing punishment the state of California requires all who are involved in the claims process — even if only tangentially — to be trained with regard claims handling in compliance with the Regulations and attest to completion of such training under oath. To avoid the annual training the claims person can submit a sworn document that avers that he or she has read and understood the Regulations. Reviewing this book and the Regulations set forth below should be sufficient to comply with the training requirements of the Regulations. It is necessary that insurance personnel who are engaged in any way in the presentation, processing, or negotiation of insurance claims in California be familiar with the Regulations. Counsel for insurers and policyholders should also be familiar with the Regulations since they set a minimum standard for claims handling in the state.

Available as a Kindle book.

Available as a paperback.

California SIU Regulations”

The State of California Imposes Control on the Investigation of Insurance Fraud

California SIU Regulations: The State of California Imposes Control on the Investigation of Insurance FraudCalifornia SIU Regulations is designed to assist California insurance claims personnel, claims professionals, independent insurance adjusters, special fraud investigators, private investigators who work for the insurance industry, the management in the industry, the attorneys who serve the industry, and all integral anti-fraud personnel working with California admitted insurers to comply with the requirements of California SIU Claims Regulations.

The state of California, by statute, requires all admitted insurers to maintain a Special Investigative Unit (an “SIU”) that complies with the requirements set forth in the Special Investigative Unit Regulations (the “SIU Regulations”) and train all integral anti-fraud personnel to recognize indicators of insurance fraud.

Available as a Kindle Book.

Available as a paperback.

Read about these and other insurance books by Barry Zalma at http://zalma.com/blog/insurance-claims-library/

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An insurance coverage and claims handling author, consultant and expert witness with more than 48 years of practical and court room experience.
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