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Bryce J. Adams

Property Case Law Developments: Personal Lines

State Approved CE Credits:DE FL NC TX

Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00
Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00

Bryce J. Adams, JD, Associate, Bullivant Houser
Nicholas W. Travis, JD, Partner, Clausen Miller

  • Describe how recent case law impacts claim investigation techniques
  • Identify key investigative materials and methods to assist in claim evaluation
  • Practice reasoning skills to apply policy provisions to factual scenarios
  • Analyze property insurance coverage issues from national and state courts
  • Richard Ainsworth

    Handling Challenging People & Difficult Circumstances

    Wednesday 8:30 - 10:00
    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30

    Richard Ainsworth, CPCU, AIC, AIM, Sr. Consultant, Equis Consulting
    Tom Meier, Senior Consultant, Equis Consulting

  • Recognize the three dysfunctional go-to responses that will result in making the situation worse for you and the insured
  • Establish a system of boundaries that can help defuse your reaction to conflict
  • Increase your ability to manage dysfunctional patterns of interaction
  • Eliminate words that trigger reaction and provoke anger
  • Grant Allen

    Residential Kitchen Fires: Decoding Complex Investigations

    State Approved CE Credits:DE FL NH NC OK TX

    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00
    Wednesday 1:30 - 3:00

    Grant Allen, Claim Technical Specialist, American Family Insurance
    Kevin Huelsman, Technical Education Trainer, Alpine Intel
    James Mahaney, NE Regional Fire Manager, DONAN
    Megan McCarthy, Large Loss Property Manager, American Family Insurance
    Christopher Sanders, CPCU, MSIM, AIC, Claim Technical Specialist, American Family Insurance

  • Review the Origin and Cause (O&C) Investigation Approach
  • Learn about additional Resources to Assist in Determination of Component Failure
  • Determine observations and identifying indicators during the study (NFPA 921 reference to appliance investigations)
  • Learn to investigating the Range Controls
  • Howard Altschule

    Weather Experts in Claims: So Many Perils

    State Approved CE Credits:DE FL NH NC OK TX

    Monday 1:30 - 3:00
    Wednesday 8:30 - 10:00

    Howard Altschule, CEO, Certified Meteorologist, Forensic Weather Consultants
    Leonardo Garzon, PE, Managing Dir.-Latin America, McLarens
    Christine M. Renella, JD, Partner, Zelle LLP

  • Learn about the role of Forensic Meteorologists and how getting reliable site-specific weather reports early in the claims stage can help adjusters conduct a prompt and thorough investigation and help make the proper determination of cause and scope of the loss. Wind speeds, hail sizes, and rainfall amounts can change over short distances and how having accurate, site-specific weather historical information after each event can play major role in the claims resolution process.
  • Learn how engineers and adjusters use metrological data to conduct building envelope, roof, and cause and origin investigations—including the use of 3D Building information Modeling (BIM).
  • Understand the scope of investigate tools available under the “duties after loss” section of an insurance policy and how counsel can assist the adjustment team in discovering the information needed to investigate losses; including inspections, requests for information, proofs of loss, and examinations under oath.
  • Learn how to ensure the quality of the claims investigation will satisfy Daubert’s reliability factors, including: (1) whether the expert’s technique or theory can be or has been tested—that is, whether the expert’s theory can be challenged in some objective sense, or whether it is instead simply a subjective, conclusory approach that cannot reasonably be assessed for reliability; (2) whether the technique or theory has been subject to peer review and publication; (3) the known or potential rate of error of the technique or theory when applied; (4) the existence and maintenance of standards and controls; and (5) whether the technique or theory has been generally accepted in the scientific community.
  • Jacqui Arnold

    Navigating a Large Water Loss: The Plot, The Paradigm, The Puzzle

    State Approved CE Credits:FL NC OK TX

    Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00
    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Jacqui Arnold, FCLS, Sr. Claims Strategies Spec., Liberty Mutual Insurance
    Sarah Friedman, WRT, RRP, OSHA 10, VP-Strategic Marketing, ServiceMaster by Gilmore
    Alicia Gray, CLMP, AINS, Claims Manager, Fides Insurance Group

  • Identify key milestones of the investigation process involving a variable cast of characters that can be routinely involved in a complex water loss
  • Understand the importance of good faith claims handling and sound customer service
  • Recognize the ethical duties of the insurance claims adjuster, Insurance Subro Adjuster, Mitigation Company, and at each stage of the claim’s adjustment process

    Please join us in Boston for 3 days of sharing how you serve and adapt as an insurance professional in today’s rapidly evolving world:

    • Engage in over 100 innovative educational course selections across 14 learning tracks led by industry professionals serving your quest for know-how in the ever-evolving insurance landscape
    • Forge connections through one of the industry’s largest gatherings of diverse insurance professionals serving as a conduit for networking opportunities
    • Immerse yourself in the Insurance Services Expo interacting with hundreds of leading edge service providers showcasing products and tools to revolutionize service in the insurance industry

    It was my first time, so it was a great time hearing from a lot of different people and experiencing something new.

    I like there are educated speakers who show genuine appreciation and passion for their topics.

    I enjoyed the variety of sessions and the networking promoted within the session. I alsoappreciated the collection of exhibitors that had various ways of engagement.

    The Networking was amazing, but just being able to be together with peers and new friendsagain was so needed!

    I enjoyed meeting other professionals in the business. I also loved the various topics andhearing how other insurance carriers were addressing some of the same issues we encounter.

    The informational sessions were very useful and gave me a lot of great things to bring backwith me.

    The variety of content and the sessions that were interactive. So valuable to learn from otherattendees and how they tackle challenges and issues at their organizations.

    Opportunity to connect with other claim professionals and vendors. Informative & interestingpresentations. Appreciated that a lot of the presentations qualified for CE credit.

    PLRB greatly appreciates the following claims service providers for their outstanding support for the 2024 Claims Conference.


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