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Gregory Reed

Medical Damages in Bodily Injury Claims

Gregory Reed, JD, Shareholder, Simon, Reed & Salazar, P.A.

  • Attendees will gain detailed information and perspectives on specific, core issues that routinely and significantly impact the medical damages aspect of BI claims. This will assist professionals, in both pre-suit and post-litigation contexts, in evaluating and, as applicable, defending that aspect of these claims. Attendees’ experience participating in this session will be broadly broken into two areas – medical causation and economic medical damages.Specifically, attendees will identify things to look for/ways of considering or looking for in the first place, positive versus negative facts on medical causation for claimed injuries. This will include broadening horizons as to things that may be beyond the most obvious of positives (existence of prior injuries claimed area[s]) on causation.
  • Attendees will also examine the contours of particular, more detailed “causation problem” fact patterns, i.e. how to think of and/or deal with a case without any obvious positive fact on causation, and the means of effectively evaluating/arguing a case on causation grounds when in reality the available argument is that “there was/is nothing wrong with the claimant” (so they are treating for money or allowing doctors to do their thing).
  • Attendees will next analyze the framework for determining (and therefore including evaluating a claim ahead of time) the real measure of likely-admissible claimed economic medical damages, past and future. This will include a comparative survey of some representative/significant jurisdictions’ applicable framework for past medicals, in light of Florida’s March 2023 comprehensive tort reform statute.
  • As to claimed future medical damages, one focus will be on attendees considering means to evaluate and attack “life care plans” and other means by which the claimants’ side attempts to use UNreal numbers.
  • Geoffrey J. Repo

    Third-Party Bad Faith Claims: Emerging Issues

    Geoffrey J. Repo, , Partner, Gordon & Rees, LLP
    Kevin Willging, JD, Executive Counsel, Travelers Companies

  • Spot warning signs of bad faith exposure in third-party contexts
  • Review emerging bad faith issues and trends in the third-party claims
  • Identify warning signs of bad faith "set-ups" by third-party claimants and develop responsive action plans
  • Mike Rimoldi

    Building Code: A Critical Look

    Joey Lang, Chief Operating Officer, Cat Claims Unlimited
    Mike Rimoldi, MPA, CBO, CFM, Senior Project Manager, J.S. Held LLC

  • Interpret building codes to apply to various claims
  • Determine which questions to ask when dealing with building code supplements
  • Describe how the FEMA 50% Rule and the Roofing 25% Rule work
  • Determine which building code book and new construction codes apply to a structure and how they interact
  • Andy Rock

    Mediation Techniques & Strategies that Work

    Michael Pritchett, AIC, Sr. Claims Specialist, Cypress Group Holdings, Inc.
    Andy Rock, JD, Partner, The Rock Law Group, P.A.

  • Describe optimal strategies to employ when preparing for a mediation
  • Identify qualities that contribute to a successful mediation
  • Demonstrate persuasive presentation techniques to enhance negotiation leverage
  • Evaluate steps to take to conclude mediation with enforceable settlements
  • Robin Roeder

    Accidents: Immediate Steps in the First 48 Hours

    Allyson C. Byrd, JD, Member, McGlinchey Stafford
    Robin Roeder, SVP-Risk Management, Sedgwick

  • ...implement polices and guidelines to mitigate costs and exposure in litigation, as well as effectively respond to incidents.
  • ...communicate protocols to their employees on responding to incidents.
  • ...understand why the recommended investigative tactics are helpful to your company.
  • ...consider legal ramifications of a thorough, proper investigation.
  • Donald Rondy

    Large Multifamily Structural Water Losses

    Robert Granquist, Jr., AIC, Executive General Adjuster, Gallagher Bassett Tech. Svcs.
    Alex Mavrelis, IH & IEQ Practice Director, Gallagher Bassett Tech. Svcs.
    Donald Rondy, Senior Project Professional, Gallagher Bassett Tech. Svcs.

  • Understanding the Stages of the Assessment and Restoration Process – discussion of the roles of the various parties, avoiding conflicts of interest, and the terms and conditions of water losses
  • Restoration Project Oversight and Clearance Inspections – driving the restoration process through rapid response, repeated assessments and mapping, area by area clearance, and cooperation between consultants and contractors in order to reduce overall project costs
  • Water Loss Project Documentation – compiling the moisture mapping, field and photographic documentation, dates and timelines, testing results, and clearance criteria into a single deliverable
  • Craig D. Roswell

    Emerging Issues in Property Coverage: Digital Assets

    Jay A. Johnston, JD, Executive Counsel, Travelers Companies
    Craig D. Roswell, Esq., Managing Partner, Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP

  • Describe the underwriting challenges with digital assets, such as virtual currency and non-fungible tokens, and the underwriting appetite for digital asset exposures
  • Evaluate existing policy wording as it relates to digital assets, such as virtual currency and NFTs
  • Review recent case law applying existing policy wording to digital assets, such as virtual currency an NFTs
  • Identify challenges in applying existing wording to digital assets and understand industry attempts to address such property and exposures
  • Kingshuk K. Roy

    Premises Security & Third-Party Criminal Acts

    Kingshuk K. Roy, JD, Partner, Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP

  • List the elements of a negligent security claim
  • Identify some of the common legal issues presented by these claims such as questions about foreseeability
  • Develop a plan to investigate these types of claims including what documents to obtain, witnesses to interview, and experts to retain
  • Describe potential coverage and risk transfer issues related to these claims
  • Michael T. Ryan

    Homeowners' Claims: Sticky Issues Facing Adjusters

    Paul Kilmer, CPCU, AIC, Retired, EMC Insurance Companies
    Michael T. Ryan, JD, Partner, Merry, Farnen & Ryan, P.C.

  • Understanding residency and its impact upon coverage
  • Determining the scope of worldwide contents coverage
  • Determining when appraisal is appropriate
  • Determining what constitutes an "other structure"

    The 2023 Claims Conference is scheduled for March 17-20 in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center. The Sheraton Boston and Boston Marriott Copley Place are the two headquarter hotels. Information to make reservations will be posted in October.

    Thank you to those who submitted topics for the 2024 Claims Conference. The Claims Conference Planning committee and PLRB staff are currently reviewing proposals to create the curricula for the 2024 program.  

    Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact Tom O'Dowd at for details.

    Please check back in October for updates on the registration, agenda, educational sessions with presenters, and hotel reservations.

    We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

    We hope you will join us in Boston for three days of expanding your story as a claims professional:

    • Write your own agenda from over 100 educational course selections within 14 education tracks taught by industry leaders, preparing you for your future
    • Expand your network by telling your story as a claims professional and hearing the stories of a diverse range of claims professionals from hundreds of companies across the nation  
    • Prepare for the next chapter of your story by making connections at the Insurance Services Expo by interacting with a broad, innovative group of the industry’s leading service providers

    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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