Important new insurance regulations were approved and effective, June 27, 2011, that, if they survive an appeal from the insurance industry, can help all homeowners from the threat of underinsurance after a catastrophic loss. Since 99 out of 100 fires are not natural disaster (wildfire) fires, these regulations should go a long way to help individual families who have had significant fire damage losses as well as those who lose their home during a disaster.To see the new insurance regulations, visit: Read More
An uptick in consumer protection lawsuits against California insurance companies is widely expected in the wake of a state appellate decision allowing a policyholder to sue The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies over alleged unfair claims practices, legal observers said this week.
California courts had long held there is no private right of action for individuals to sue over alleged violations of the state’s Unfair Insurance Practices Act. Under a 1988 state Supreme Court decision, civil actions arising from unfair claims practices were left to the state insurance commissioner to litigate (Moradi-Shalal v. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Cos. (1988) 46 Cal.3d 287).
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has been admonished by the head of the federal agency investigating the San Bruno natural-gas explosion for keeping a critical document about the pipeline secret for two weeks while questioning employees about its accuracy, The Chronicle has learned.
The document was a handwritten form about a 1988 leak in a flawed seam weld on PG&E's Line 132, the pipe that ruptured and exploded Sept. 9 in San Bruno, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes.
A Chillicothe couple has endured that stifling heat and dark since powerful storms knocked over trees and downed power lines -- causing thousands of dollars in damage.
Bill Williams, a Vietnam Veteran, lives with COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It's worsened by the hot, steamy weather.
Three 40-foot trees toppled over during Saturday night's storm, tearing down power lines and damaging the roof of a nearby cottage. Williams' insurance company promised to overnight a check, but so far no cash.
His dream of a broader financial services empire in ruins, Thomas Wilson is running out of time to revive Allstate's once-dominant insurance business.
Since Mr. Wilson became CEO of the country's second-largest auto and home insurer nearly five years ago, Allstate has stuck to its old ways while rivals using new direct-sales techniques grabbed most of the growth in the $164-billion U.S. auto insurance market. Customers are defecting, premium revenue is falling and Northbrook-based Allstate's stock price is down by half since Mr. Wilson took the helm.
[Editor note: This specifically discusses Michigan auto claims, but I thought the concept was probably similar in other states]
Michigan injury attorney says agreement limits some abuse against auto accident victims and accident lawyers, but the insurance company still has more to do
I previously wrote about how Allstate has promised Michigan Insurance Commissioner Ken Ross that it will change how it uses Colossus claims software to handle auto accident injury claims.
Colossus is designed to low-ball and aggressively defend car accident lawsuits. The software is used by many large auto insurance companies to “calculate” the settlement value of car accident injury claims. The goal behind the claims software is to drive down auto accident settlements, saving insurance companies more and more money over time, regardless of whether they’re settling legitimate accident claims.
A Review Report of Serious Injuries, Illnesses, Accidents and Near-Miss Incident has come out by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection regarding the Jesusita Fire Burnover which happened to firefighters fighting the Jesusita Fire.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Four years after the most devastating fire in Lake Tahoe Basin history, a day-long summit on the North Shore seeks to remind homeowners about the risk of wildfire.
The second annual Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Summit will be held Friday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City.
The event is being held on the fourth anniversary of the Angora Fire, which destroyed more than 250 homes at the South Shore in 2007.
“The summit will provide homeowners with information they can use to protect their homes from wildfire,” said Candace Lowery, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Fire Safe Council, in an email. “The summit will also provide a chance for homeowners to meet face to face with their fire districts and talk about actions that could help save their community.”
Four firefighters from the Viejas Tribal Fire Department in Alpine, California, are now in Alpine, Arizona, where they are helping to battle the Wallow Fire. The second largest wildfire in Arizona’s history, the Wallow Fire has charred over 443,989 acres, injured seven people,
“The Viejas fire crew is driving a Brush Engine, designed for fighting wildfires in rugged, remote areas,” said Robert Scheid, Viejas public relations director. “It has 4-wheel drive, holds 280 gallons of water and carries 1,200 feet of hose.”The Viejas fire crew includes two firefighters, one engineer and one Captain. They arrived June 7 in eastern Arizona, joining over 4,311 firefighters and other personnel now fighting the Wallow Fire, which has spread into New Mexico.