“The Compact Book on Adjusting Property Claims – Second Edition” & “The Compact Book on Adjusting Liability Claims – Second Edition”
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.
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. As the Baby Boom generation retires insurers need 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 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.
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.
“The Compact Book of Adjusting Property Insurance Claims – Second Edition”
A Manual for the First Party Property Insurance Adjuster
The insurance adjuster is not mentioned in a policy of insurance. The obligation to investigate and prove a claim falls on the insured. Standard first party property insurance policies, based upon the New York Standard Fire Insurance policy, contain conditions that require the insured to, within sixty days of the loss, submit a sworn proof of loss to prove to the insurer the facts and amount of loss.
The policy allows the insurer to then, and only then, respond to the insured’s proof of loss. The insurer can then either accept or reject the proof submitted by the insured.
Technically, if the wording of the policy was followed literally the insurer could sit back, do nothing, and wait for the proof. If the insured was late in submitting the proof the insurer could reject the claim. If the insured submits a timely proof of loss the insurer could either accept or reject the proof of loss. If the insurer rejected the proof of loss the insured could either send a new one or give up and gain nothing from the claim. Suit on the policy would be difficult because the policy contract limited the right to sue to times when the proof of loss condition had been met.
Insureds and insurers were not happy with that system. It made it too difficult for a lay person to successfully present a claim. The system, as written into the standard fire policy seemed to run counter to the covenant of good faith and fair dealing that had been the basis of the insurance contract for centuries. Most insurers understood that their insureds were mostly incapable of complying with the strict enforcement of the policy conditions. To fulfill the covenant of good faith and fair dealing insurers created the insurance adjuster to fulfill its obligation to deal fairly and in good faith with the insured.
The Second edition adds new material from 2018 and 2019, is easier to use and more compact than the original.
“The Compact Book on Adjusting Liability Claims, Second Edition”
A Handbook for the Liability Claims Adjuster
This Compact Book of Adjusting Liability Claims is designed to provide the new adjuster with a basic grounding in what is needed to become a competent and effective insurance adjuster. It is also available as a refresher for the experienced adjuster.
The liability claims adjuster quickly learns that there is little difficulty with a claimant (the person alleging bodily injury or property damage against a person insured) if the claim is paid as demanded. The insured may be unhappy if the claimant’s claim is paid as presented since most do not believe they did anything wrong or fear an increase in premiums charged for subsequent policies.
The adjuster must be prepared to salve the insured’s emotions, explain why in the law and the policy it was appropriate to pay the claimant and that the settlement is in the best interest of both the insured and the insurer the adjuster represents.
The adjuster knows, and must be prepared to explain to an insured, that if a claim is resisted or denied the claimant will be unhappy, will probably file suit. If not promptly settled the claimant’s lawyers will rake the insured over the coals to prove that the insured is liable for the claimant’s injuries. The litigation will take time, effort, and money to establish the extent of the injuries and who is responsible for the injuries. Failure to settle promptly can cost the insured his or her reputation and will certainly cost the insurer much more than the claim could have been resolved for had it been resolved before the claimant retained a lawyer.
Read about these and other insurance claims books by Barry Zalma at http://zalma.com/blog/insurance-claims-library/