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Tornado causes $30 million in damages in Angus, Ontario

August 1, 2014 by Claims Canada

Insured damage from the tornado that hit Angus, Ont. in late June is at least $30 million, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada based on preliminary figures from Property Claim Services (PCS). More than 100 homes were damaged from

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Hurricane Arthur losses won’t exceed $250 million

August 1, 2014 by Claims Canada

Insured losses from Hurricane Arthur, which struck the United States and Canada in July, are not expected to be above $250 million from wind and coastal flooding, catastrophe modeling firm RMS reported in mid-July. Arthur made landfall July 3 along

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Running hot

August 1, 2014 Craig Harris, freelance writer

Private sector-run auto insurance systems in provinces across Canada are experiencing troubling loss trends in key areas. While reforms, such as minor injury caps, treatment protocols and anti-fraud measures, have had stabilizing effects in recent years, there are signs of overheating in claims frequency and severity. Adjusters argue that a more thorough approach to claims handling and statement taking at first notice is a sound way to address cost pressures.

Jeremy Bowler, Senior Director, Insurance Practice, J.D. Power.
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Total-Loss Claims and Customer Satisfaction

August 1, 2014 Jeremy Bowler, Senior Director, Insurance Practice, J.D. Power.

When it comes to auto physical damage losses, the two are not mutually exclusive.

Bruno De Vita, partner, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP
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The Mortgage Clause

August 1, 2014 Bruno De Vita, partner; and Hollis Bromley, partner, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP

Insurers and adjusters shouldn’t overlook the role of the standard mortgage clause in the property insurance policy.

Gregory A. Kopp, Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Western University;  and Research Director, Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory.
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Tornado Damage

August 1, 2014 by Claims Canada

The Angus, Ontario tornado showed some deficiencies in construction methods – some of which can be fixed cheaply.

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The problem with property

June 1, 2014 Craig Harris

In the wake of record catastrophic claims, insurers in key regions of Canada are changing their approach to personal and, to a lesser extent, commercial property insurance. Coverage terms are constricting, sub-limits are being introduced, deductibles are increasing and rates are rising, especially for water damage losses. It will take time before claims are filed on these revised policies and customers discover the true extent of coverage amendments. It’s a testy situation that could put independent adjusters on the spot.

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Crawford CEO says industry needs better CAT preparation

June 1, 2014 by Claims Canada

Insurance professionals need to be prepared in case natural catastrophes affect their own homes, and they also need to collaborate with competitors in order to develop an industry-wide solution for overland flooding, the head of a claims management firm’s Canadian

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RSA study sees increased observations of distracted driving

June 1, 2014 by Claims Canada

Canadians report seeing many distracting driver behaviours, but few admit to being the ones fixing their hair while behind the wheel, according to a new survey from RSA. In the survey of 1,436 Canadian drivers conducted online by Leger Marketing,

Kirsten Hoedlmoser, Chemical and Environmental Engineer-In-Training, Giffin Koerth Forensic Engineering
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Breaking Bad

April 1, 2014 Kirsten Hoedlmoser, Chemical and Environmental Engineer-In-Training, Giffin Koerth Forensic Engineering

How clean is “clean” when it comes to property damage and the health side effects associated with illicit meth labs?

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B.C. unprepared for major quake: Auditor General

April 1, 2014 by Claims Canada

Emergency Management BC is not prepared should a catastrophic earthquake occur in British Columbia, a new report from the province’s auditor general has concluded. Auditor General Russ Jones also found that neither the province nor EMBC has made preparing for

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Water damage accounts for over half of home claims: Aviva

April 1, 2014 by Claims Canada

More than half of all home insurance claims last year involved water damage, with water damage claims payouts rising 69% over 2012, Aviva Canada said in a release in late March. “With last year’s storms, water damage reached an all