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Regulator allows out-of-province adjusters into Quebec

May 1, 2019 by Jason Contant

Quebec’s financial regulator has temporarily relaxed some of its rules to allow out-of-province adjusters into the province to help deal with a large number of claims. The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) announced the change before the province began experiencing

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Uber-style platform for expediting appraisals now in Canada

April 16, 2019 by David Gambrill

An Uber-style platform to expedite home and auto claims appraisals has made its way into Canada. Offered by WeGoLook, the online and mobile sharing-economy platform provides personalized, onsite data capture for inspections and low-complexity services across the United States. Now

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How to save insurers $1.3 billion a year on claims administration

March 4, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Artificial intelligence will become a “big time saver” for claims adjusters and will eventually allow the industry to save billions a year in costs, one researcher says. For auto claims, insurers are already using AI to make recommendations on whether

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The advantage of recruiting non-insurance workers as claims professionals

February 26, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

For independent adjusters, the need to replace retiring workers is becoming more urgent. “A number of our front-line adjusters are very senior, very talented and experienced,” said Paul Féron senior vice president for Ontario and Manitoba at ClaimsPro LP. “In

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Are cannabis edibles a “drug”? What adjusters should be asking

February 22, 2019 by Jason Contant

Claims adjusters’ questions should address potential policy wording dilemmas related to the upcoming legalization of cannabis edibles later this year, a lawyer told Canadian Underwriter recently. For example, consider the following question in the context of edible cannabis (or even

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The type of claims that may arise from legalization of cannabis edibles

February 14, 2019 by Jason Contant

With the upcoming legalization of edibles containing cannabis this October, Canadian claims adjusters may see more indirect injury loss and damage claims, suggests a lawyer with Field Law in Calgary. Compared to regular smoked marijuana, edibles have a more delayed

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Should a LAT member be allowed to reconsider their own decision?

February 1, 2019 by Jason Contant

New amendments to rules surrounding the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) in Ontario “have sent a dagger into the heart” of one insurance defence lawyer. Effective Feb. 7, 2019, Rule 18 of the LAT will be amended to allow, among other

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Why the human touch is sometimes bad for claims

January 30, 2019 by Jason Contant

The claims industry in Canada has to be wary about complicating the claims process by putting a “human process” in place where one is not needed, speakers said last week at the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association’s 2019 Claims Conference in

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Online basement flood course coming soon

January 30, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

An online version of the Home Flood Risk Assessment Training will be available Canada-wide this March, Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, said in a recent interview. The course is geared towards insurance brokers, home inspectors,

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Don’t give up on commercial waivers

January 29, 2019 by Jason Contant

Properly constructed and worded waivers will be upheld in court, with one commercial and insurance lawyer strongly recommending their continued use. “There are policies and procedures and ways to draft agreements where I promise you the waivers will be upheld,”

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What adjusters can learn from technology disruptors

January 29, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Adjusters who want to improve service for claimants could take a few pointers from companies outside the insurance industry. “When I look at customers today, their entire experience of how they want to be dealt with has been shaped outside

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How a different mindset can transform the claims industry

January 25, 2019 by Jason Contant

The claims industry would benefit from shifting their thinking on what it takes for claims professionals to do their jobs, speakers said Wednesday at the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association’s 2019 Claims Conference in Toronto. Think about an employee with 40