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Expert’s Advice to Florida Agents: Report Claims That Fall Below Hurricane Deductible

 - 09/19/2017
With many agents currently assisting clients in determining if they have claims and the insurance claim filing process in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, one most common question received by the Florida Association of Insurance Agents has been: Should you …

4 West Virginians Get Prison For Roles in Staged Crashes

 - 09/19/2017
Federal authorities say a West Virginia man has been sentenced to almost three years in prison for a staged vehicle crash, faked injuries and false insurance claim for a $41,000 settlement. According to prosecutors, 34-year-old Michael Sine, of Fairmont, also …

4 Hurricane Irma-Affected U.S. Attorney Offices Form Fraud Task Forces

 - 09/19/2017
The National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) along with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in the District of Puerto Rico, Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida and Northern District of Florida have formed task forces comprised of local, state and …

Florida’s Insured Losses From Irma Reach Nearly $2B and Growing

 - 09/19/2017
Florida policyholders so far have filed nearly $2 billion in claims to insurers for damage from Hurricane Irma, the state’s insurance regulator said on Monday. The estimate of insured losses is based on preliminary statewide data that insurers filed with …

Ex-Coal CEO Asks Supreme Court to Toss West Virginia Mine Blast Conviction

 - 09/18/2017
Attorneys for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship have made a last pitch to the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out his conviction connected to a 2010 West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 miners. Attorneys for Don Blankenship say …

What Went Wrong at Florida Nursing Home Where 8 Residents Died

 - 09/18/2017
The first 911 call from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills didn’t sound ominous: A nursing home patient had an abnormal heartbeat. An hour later, came a second call: a patient had trouble breathing. Then came the third call. A …

Georgia Insurance Head Directs Insurers to Exercise Leniency in Wake of Irma

 - 09/18/2017
Georgia’s insurance commissioner has issued a stern message to the insurance industry in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, saying in a directive to insurance companies on Thursday that they are to exercise leniency in dealing with Georgia residents that may …

A.M. Best: Hurricane Irma to Test Florida Market Newbies

 - 09/18/2017
Although insured losses as a result of Hurricane Irma will not be as severe as originally forecast, the storm still represents a sizeable catastrophe event that will test the infrastructure and potentially strain the financial wherewithal of some local and …

Miami’s Downed Construction Cranes Spark Debate on Safety

 - 09/15/2017
In Miami’s central Edgewater district along Biscayne Bay on Wednesday, a collapsed construction crane hung from the top of a high-rise condominium under development, dangling over low-rise apartments below. Residents wondered why it hadn’t been taken down or better secured …

Kentucky Woman’s Death Attributed to Legionnaires’ Outbreak at Graceland Hotel

 - 09/15/2017
A Kentucky woman was sickened by Legionnaires’ disease after staying at a hotel near the Tennessee home of famed singer Elvis Presley and later died, and an autopsy says the pneumonia caused her death. The Commercial Appeal reports the 62-year-old …

8 Patients Killed in Florida Nursing Home After Irma-Related Power Outages

 - 09/15/2017
Eight patients at a sweltering nursing home died after Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning, raising fears about the safety of Florida’s 4 million senior citizens amid power outages that could last for days. Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez …

INSUREtrust Adds Hoeflinger as Professional Lines Broker in Atlanta

 - 09/15/2017
INSUREtrust has added Hannah Hoeflinger to the company as Professional Lines broker. In this role, Hoeflinger will further grow INSUREtrust’s multi-city Cyber Boot Camps, build broker relations, and manage cyber, tech, and MPL accounts. She will be working on Executive …

FEMA: 25% of Florida Keys Homes Destroyed by Irma

 - 09/14/2017
With 25 percent of the homes in the Florida Keys feared destroyed, emergency workers Tuesday rushed to find Hurricane Irma’s victims – dead or alive – and deliver food and water to the stricken island chain. As crews labored to …

Irma’s Path, Girth Created Bizarre Storm Surge in Florida

 - 09/14/2017
Hurricane Irma’s devastating storm surge came with weird twists that scientists attribute to the storm’s girth, path and some geographic quirks. A combination of storm surge, heavy rains and swollen rivers sent some of the worst flooding into Jacksonville, Florida, …

Florida Insurance Regulator Issues Irma-Related Emergency Order

 - 09/14/2017
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has suspended and activated certain insurance rules and statutes for the health, safety, and welfare of Florida’s policyholders in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, according to an emergency order from Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier …