Top News   July 28, 2010
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Raising the Bar in Workers' Comp Claim Management
New automation options can now handle the link between UR-approved treatment plans and medical bill review. So how can payers and claim professionals use these options to better manage rising medical costs while streamlining the claim process? Find out here.

Contents Claims Solved: The Case of the Tranquilizer Gun
What should you do when an insured asserts that a stolen item is a pricey collectible but lacks supporting photos or documentation? In this month's contents conundrum, an adjuster must assess the value of a much-coveted animal tranquilizer gun that was supposedly made in the 1950s, with an estimated worth of nearly $5,000. Read about how the intrepid adjuster went about unraveling the mystery here.

Subrogation Tool Coming to Eight New States
Beginning Aug. 2, 2010, subrogation and claim specialists in New York, Texas, and six other states will have access to a web-based tool designed to streamline the subrogation process. Click here to read more about the paperless claim management system, which is available at no charge.

Tweet Suite Digest — July 28, 2010
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: Daddy Dumbest
A Fargo, N.D. father and son have been charged with insurance fraud, theft, and illegally conducting an enterprise for their involvement in nearly 40 auto accidents. Read more

Claims IQ

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

According to the National Weather Service, every thunderstorm produces lightning. On average, how many people are injured each year in the U.S. by lightning?

A. 300
B. 600
C. 150
D. 425

Answer Here!

Last week's question was:

Thunderstorms don't get as much attention for their destruction as hurricanes but cause a lot of damage. What is the total property loss related to lightning strikes annually?

A. $66 million
B. $370 million
C. $1 billion
D. $5 billion

A little more than a third of e-News readers correctly identified $1 billion as the total property loss stemming from lightening strikes each year. Sure, lightening can severely damage structures, but what happens when humans and the powerful electric current converge? Try your hand at this week's trivia and be sure to check back next week for additional stats.

Here are the final results for last week:

A. 14%
B. 28%
C. 36%
D. 22%

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