Top News   December 16, 2009
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Adjuster Compatibility Testing
We all know that effective claim adjusting leads to successful business outcomes. Here, the author explores traits and proficiencies of adept adjusters and how to identify those characteristics during the hiring process. Read more

2010 Storm Signals, With Caveats
The Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University (CSU) has released its predictions for Atlantic basin hurricane activity in the new year. This initial extended-range forecast arrives on the heels of a relatively tame season. By contrast, CSU Researchers Philip Klotzbach and William Gray expect an increase in activity this year. How many storms will likely form? Read the projected storm numbers here.

Analyst Paints Pessimistic Future for P&C Industry
Following Fitch Ratings' negative analysis of the insurance industry's near-term future, a Celent analyst said he is even more pessimistic about the industry than Fitch. In an interview with National Underwriter, Mike Fitzgerald, senior analyst with Celent, explains the logic behind the grim prognosis. Read more

Tweet Suite Digest — December 16, 2009
Claims Magazine is twittering every day about breaking news and timely topics, not to mention keeping readers up to date on the latest postings to What can Twitter do for you? Click to find out.

Fraud of the Week: Misguided Education
A middle school guidance counselor and principal clearly deviated from acceptable curricula, committing insurance fraud and arson. As a result, the former role models are learning some hard life lessons. Read more

Claims IQ

Each week we test readers on their claim knowledge. This week's question is:

According to OSHA, ___are the nation's most common occupational health problem, costing $20 billion a year in workers' compensation expenses.

A. Radiation exposure
B. Food poisoning
C. Repetitive strain injuries
D. Exposure to germs

Answer Here!

Last week's question was:

According to Asbestos, approximately ___percent of all incidences of mesothelioma directly result from asbestos exposure.

A. 70 to 80
B. 35 to 40
C. 5
D. 10 to 15

Mesothelioma is a lethal cancer that attacks the membranes around the lungs, the heart, and the abdominal cavity. Between 70 and 80 percent of cases result from asbestos exposure, a fact that nearly half of our e-News readers knew. Let's see how you fare this week.

Here are the final results for last week:

A. 47%
B. 16%
C. 15%
D. 22%

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