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USG Adds Meek as a Producer in Southern California
USG Insurance Services Inc. has named Frances Meek a producer/broker in the Irvine, Calif. office. Meek will work to maintain current agent relationships and assist with expanding USG’s California network. Meek has been in the insurance industry for five years …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 11:53 PM
Alliant Names Davidson Vice President in Washington
Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has named Megan Davidson vice president within the company’s real estate group. Davidson will be based in Alliant’s Seattle, Wash. office, and will provide insurance and risk management solutions to real estate clients with a focus …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 11:48 PM
Nebraska Senators Aiming to Get Medical Marijuana on 2020 Ballot
Two Nebraska lawmakers have announced plans to place a medical marijuana legalization measure on the 2020 ballot. Sens. Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld, both of Lincoln, on Dec. 13 announced the formation of Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws. The campaign …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:46 PM
Feds Cite Missouri Demolition Company After 2 Workers Die
A Missouri demolition company has been cited by federal safety regulators for failing to provide fall protection after two employees suffered fatal injuries at a demolition site in St. Louis. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:34 PM
AM Best: Outlooks Revised to Stable for Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies
AM Best has revised the outlooks to stable from negative and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a” of Texas Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co. and Farm Bureau …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:28 PM
Indiana Officer Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuit for $50K
Records show a former western Indiana police officer who appealed his firing has accepted $50,000 to settle a 2015 federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination. The Tribune-Star reports Jonathan Stevens signed an agreement in January 2017 to resolve the complaint he’d …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:23 PM
ICT: Central Texas October Flood Insured Losses Top $22M, So Far
Payments made by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for insured losses from flooding in central Texas in mid-October have exceeded $22 million and could exceed $30 million when all claims have been filed and paid, the Insurance Council of …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:21 PM
Texas Hurricane Harvey Rebuilding Commission: Storm Was a ‘Wakeup Call’
A commission convened by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to focus on rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey issued a report on Dec. 13 saying the state should take a series of steps to prepare for the next big storm, including improving local …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:20 PM
Latest Edition of AMA Guides Lowers Impairment Ratings in Workers’ Compensation
For workers injured at work, the amount of compensation they receive depends on which edition of the medical guidelines on evaluating impairments is used. The American Medical Association (AMA) Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment is used in workers’ …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 4:26 PM
Authorities: At Least $3B to Clear Debris from Homes Destroyed By California Wildfires
State and federal authorities estimate that it will cost at least $3 billion to clear debris from 19,000 homes and businesses destroyed by three California wildfires last month. The disaster relief officials said the cleanup costs will far surpass the …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 3:48 PM

News – Claims Journal

Cleanup for Last Month’s Wildfires in California Could Top $3B
Insurance claims and cleanup costs associated with California wildfires last month are expected to exceed the record-breaking amounts paid out last year after blazes ripped through Northern California wine country. The insurance industry is bracing for payouts exceeding last year’s …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 2:37 PM
Washington Finishes Work on Bridge to Keep Wildlife Off Highway
Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final stretch to Seattle, Interstate 90 cuts through a mountain pass of old growth forests and wetlands. For countless wildlife species, the busy highway is a border, constraining their movements and posing a …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 2:11 PM
Valve Hole Set Off Wisconsin Refinery Blast, Fire
A hole in a valve was the source of an April explosion at a Husky Energy refinery in northwestern Wisconsin that injured 36 people and required the evacuation of a large part of the city of Superior, according to findings …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 1:51 PM
More Than 100 Anchorage Buildings Deemed Unsafe to Enter After Quake
More than 100 homes and buildings in the Anchorage, Alaska, area have been found unsafe to enter because of damage caused by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake, according to city data. At least another 182 buildings received some kind of damage …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 9:58 AM
California Firefighter Says State Should Consider Home Ban in Fire-Prone Areas
California’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state’s top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott will leave his job Friday …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 9:19 AM
Cuba Mysterious Health Ailment Caused Inner Ear Damage in American Diplomats
American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized Wednesday. The detailed findings were published in a medical …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 9:13 AM
Travelers: Nearly Half of Philadelphia Area Drivers Distracted by Texts, Emails
Mobile devices continue to distract drivers in the greater Philadelphia area. Travelers recently commissioned a survey of 435 of them and found that 75 percent use a mobile device while driving, with 91 percent of millennials, 79 percent of Gen …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 9:06 AM
About $9B in Insured Losses After Three California Wildfires
Three of last month’s California wildfires will cost insurers about $9.05 billion, according to preliminary information from state regulators. That figure is based on initial claims that insurers have received from the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires, California Insurance Commissioner …

POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2018 2:17 PM
J&J Begins Settling Pinnacle Hip Defect Lawsuits
Johnson & Johnson has begun settling consumers’ claims that it sold artificial hips knowing they were defective, marking the first settlements in the seven-year-old litigation. A federal judge in Texas overseeing the cases said about 3,300 of 10,000 “have settled …

POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2018 1:58 PM
Earth’s Warming Occurring During Odd Times and in Strange Places
Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth’s polar regions at times they don’t expect, like winter, and in places they don’t expect, like eastern Antarctica. New studies and reports issued this week at a major Earth sciences conference paint one …

POSTED DECEMBER 13, 2018 1:44 PM

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