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Workshops are 2 hours in length and held twice during the Conference. They address the wide variety of challenges, from coverage to investigation, from evaluation to resolution that confront adjusters and claim managers on a daily basis. Instead of "dry" lectures, you'll be encouraged to actively learn together with a large number of industry peers in every class. You'll hear the latest developments and strategies from subject experts, and learn what others across the industry, and across the nation, are doing with various claim issues and challenges. Over two days you'll be able to attend up to six two-hour workshops on a wide assortment of claim topics.

Adjusting a Loss in a Flood of Causation Confusion


David R. Anderson, JD, VP & Coverage Director, Chubb
Leah N. Engelhardt, Esq., Partner, Chaffe McCall LLP
Alycen A. Moss, JD, Partner, Cozen O'Connor

  • Effectively adjust a claim caused by a combination of covered and excluded risks • Evaluate an anti-concurrent clause in an insurance policy and examine the law in the Gulf states and California to determine whether it is permissible to use
  • Analyze efficient proximate cause vs. concurrent cause principles
  • Compare the law in the Gulf states and California with respect to efficient proximate cause and concurrent cause
  • Apply efficient proximate cause or concurrent cause principles to a claim to determine how to investigate, evaluate, and resolve the claim
  • Evaluate an anti-concurrent clause in an insurance policy and examine the law in the Gulf states and California to determine whether it is permissible to use
  • Investigating Large Property Fire Losses: Is it Arson or Accidental?

     CPCU  DE  FL  NC  OK  RPA  TX

    Steven J. Baroncini, VP Claims, Greater New York Ins. Cos.
    Peter Chen, PE, CFEI, Senior Engineer, ARCCA, Inc.
    Marie Cheung-Truslow, JD, Owner & Principal, Law Offices-M. Cheung-Truslow
    Randall Harvill, Property Manager, CSE Insurance Group

  • Choosing cause and origin investigators, engineers, subrogation/defense counsel who are experienced in the nature of the subject fire and the coordination of the investigation
  • Strategies for securing information from local authorities, construction records, eye witnesses, and the use of the scene’s record-keeping equipment
  • Identify roadblocks to a successful investigation and overcoming them
  • Problems that arise from coordination of scene investigation and inspection of evidence where there is concurrent criminal investigation
  • Liar, Liar, House on Fire: Investigation of a Suspected Arson Claim

     CPCU  DE  FL  NC  OK  RPA  TX

    Jonathan Barger, JD, Senior Associate, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig
    Ken Beltran, General Adjuster, Property, PURE Insurance
    Robert P. Juergens, PE CFI, Sr. Electrical Engineer, SEA, Ltd.

  • Recognize difficulties in determining the fire origin and cause, including reaching the conclusion that a fire was intentionally set and avoiding bias in the investigation
  • Develop strategies for working with public investigators on a fire investigation (PD, FD, SFM, ATF, etc.)
  • How to determine whether the insured was involved in causing or procuring an intentionally set fire, including possible motives
  • Evaluation of the entire claim presentation to consider the impact of all policy conditions, exclusions, and applicable provisions
  • Implement good-faith investigation strategies which allow the evidence to dictate the outcome of the coverage decision
  • Navigate a Large Residential Wind Loss

     CPCU  DE  FL  NC  OK  RPA  TX

    Anthony Antonellis, JD, AIC, Partner, Sloane and Walsh, LLP
    Michael J. Famiglietti, AIC, RPA, Property Claims Unit Manager, Liberty Mutual Insurance
    Nicholas J. Macera, AIC, AINS, Sr. Claims Examiner, Amica Mutual Group
    Kristi Sinkus, Examiner/ Reviewer, MA Property Ins. Underwriting

  • Adjusters effectively investigating, quarterbacking, and controlling a large wind claim, including first response to the loss location, paying the undisputed amount, and gaining agreements with various parties
  • Proactively selecting and leveraging experts and vendors in a claim with resulting mold and asbestos exposure
  • Effectively analyzing and investigating coverage including ordinance or law, subrogation, fraud, intentional acts, statute of limitations and suit limitations, extended damages, and collapse
  • Application of Section I Conditions, including re-inspections with qualified experts to position claim file, and navigating potential disputes with public adjusters and plaintiff counsel
  • Water Damage Oddities & Handling Tips

     CPCU  DE  FL  NC  OK  RPA  TX

    Marshall W. Barrett, CPCU, EGA, Comm'l Prop. & Energy, American International Group
    Dan Bernazzani, Ph.D., SVP-Environmental Division, YOUNG & Associates
    Ben Umberger, Managing Partner, Carolina Conservation

  • Water pipe break and leak over an extended period of time at a luxury secondary home
  • Separating mold damage (with limited coverage) from water damage in this claim
  • Challenging issues with additional living expense with a secondary home
  • Unique contents loss with a less-than-cooperative insured

    The Planning Committee and staff are finalizing the workshops to be offered at the 2019 Large Loss Conference.
    Please check back in mid-May.

    Join a prominent gathering of top-notch claim professionals and service providers from across the nation in Nashville, where we'll:

    • Evaluate a variety of large loss claim scenarios through interactive workshops and learn with the industry's best and brightest
    • Share knowledge, insight, and experience in adjustment and resolution strategies with large loss claim professionals
    • Connect with large loss adjusters and service providers from hundreds of disciplines and specialty areas

    Adjuster-led workshops encourage active audience participation, and provide an opportunity to learn from and with many of the industry's leading experts and performers. Classes are offered in three large-loss tracks:

    • Commercial Lines, Property Claims
    • Personal Lines, Property Claims
    • Casualty Claims

    Who Should Attend? Large loss claims adjusters and managers, supervisors, general adjusters and EGAs, complex case managers, senior claims management, and service providers who work with these claims. This is an excellent program for those who aspire to or are being groomed to adjust large and complex property and casualty claims within their respective organizations.

    Interacting with other insurance professionals. The educational experience. Thinking outside of the box, and being inspired to create, innovate. Challenges to the status quo, and disrupt current approaches.

    How the sessions were set up-discussion from experts on the panel, then case study and audience participation.

    Complex loss case studies and network opportunities and vendor interactions

    It was nice to mingle with other claim professionals and share experiences

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