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Trends Intact is seeing with equipment breakdown losses

July 18, 2019 by Jason Contant

The increasing interconnectedness of buildings is leading to larger losses from an equipment breakdown standpoint, said Loren Gardiner, vice president of specialty solutions for Intact’s western division. For example, there are now alarms built right into electrical systems, and there…

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ClaimsPro president Lorri Frederick steps down

July 15, 2019 by Jason Contant

Lorri Frederick has decided to step down from her role as president of independent claims adjusting firm ClaimsPro to spend more time with her family, the company announced Monday. In the short-term, the organization will be led by Ross Betteridge,…

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How many cyber claims result from human error?

July 3, 2019 by Jason Contant

About three-quarters of cyber claims notified in 2018 to one specialist insurer involved some kind of “easily preventable” human error. “Theft of funds, ransomware, extortion and non-malicious data breaches usually start with a human error or oversight, such as clicking…

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One simple way to avoid a claims dispute

July 2, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Some claims disputes can be prevented entirely with better communication between clients and insurers, suggests an engineer for a firm that investigates property damage. “I couldn’t put a number on it, but I would say a large number of the…

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Canada’s road to pre-filled home insurance data

June 27, 2019 by Jason Contant

Where is Canada now on its journey towards using pre-fill data for Canadian home insurance application forms? Step 1 in the process is isolating which questions on the form use data that can be pre-filled. A standard home insurance form…

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Can Canadian P&C companies be “too big to fail”?

June 27, 2019 by David Gambrill

If a major disaster such as an earthquake hits Canada, are some Canadian insurance companies simply “too big to fail”? After the financial crisis of 2007-08, the systemic risk of multiple companies going bankrupt following an extreme catastrophe event is…

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The new trend for handling disputed property claims

June 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

What happens when your client’s property is damaged and the insurer disagrees with the claimant on how much work is needed to restore it? Some of these claims disputes can result in lawsuits, when the claimant brings the insurer to…

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Why insurers can expect claims from the Raptors parade

June 21, 2019 by Adam Malik

It won’t surprise at least one lawyer to hear about insurance claims stemming from the Toronto Raptors championship parade. There were plenty of exposures present during the event on June 17, mainly because of a lack of resources available and…

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Why climate change might be worse than you think

June 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If you are using today’s climate models to predict the frequency and severity of tomorrow’s severe weather, your estimates could be off, suggests a recent convocation speaker at a major Canadian university. Recent unusual patterns in the jet stream are…

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Here are the most common type of travel insurance claims

June 20, 2019 by Jason Contant

Think you don’t need travel insurance? Think again. According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of RBC Insurance, just over one-quarter (26%) of 1,000 Canadians polled have made an insurance claim as a result of something that happened to…

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Waist-deep flooding hits this prairie city

June 19, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. – People in a small southwestern Saskatchewan city are cleaning up after a sudden dump of rain caused parts of the downtown to be flooded. It’s been dry in Swift Current for months, but that all changed…

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Debate over liability when pedestrian hit on road with no sidewalk

June 19, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If your client hits a pedestrian while driving slightly faster than the limit in a dark rain storm, does that mean he or she is liable? It depends which judge you ask. Prashant Jadhav was walking down the shoulder of…