Ethics for Independent Insurance Adjusters
Independent insurance adjusters serve insurance companies who do not have sufficient claims staff to handle insurance claims on behalf of those various insurers without staff in every jurisdiction where there is property the risk of loss of which was insured.
The professional insurance adjuster recognizes that the work of adjusting insurance claims is a profession of public trust. Independent insurance adjusters should maintain a standard of integrity that will promote the goal of building public confidence and trust in the insurance industry.
Independent insurance adjusters, and company employed insurance adjusters, should follow ethical standards.
In Oklahoma, it was found that a disbarred or suspended lawyer needed to be prohibited from negotiating insurance claim settlements, including but not limited to, as a private insurance adjuster. The court concluded that the disbarment took the lawyer out of the ability to treat an insured with the utmost good faith and refused to issue a license as a public insurance adjuster.
In Florida, unprofessional conduct of an attorney occurring during his employment as an insurance adjuster and not as a practicing attorney nevertheless warranted his disbarment.
© 2020 – Barry Zalma
Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE, now limits his practice to service as an insurance consultant specializing in insurance coverage, insurance claims handling, insurance bad faith and insurance fraud almost equally for insurers and policyholders. He also serves as an arbitrator or mediator for insurance related disputes. He practiced law in California for more than 44 years as an insurance coverage and claims handling lawyer and more than 52 years in the insurance business. He is available at http://www.zalma.com and email@example.com.
Mr. Zalma is the first recipient of the first annual Claims Magazine/ACE Legend Award.
Over the last 52 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.
Read posts from Barry Zalma at https://parler.com/profile/Zalma/posts
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