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I Didn’t Burn My House; I Want My Insurance Claim Paid!

Posted in Fire Loss, Property Insurance
Adjusters investigating fire claims have to make a decision. The cause of the fire is important. Accidental fires are usually covered by the policy. Intentional fires are not owed. Did the building owner set the fire? Guess what, arsonists don’t admit readily to the crime. Arsonists don’t make legitimate insurance claims, but they also don’t… Continue Reading

Exceptions To Liability Under The Carmack Amendment In Motor Truck Cargo Claims

Posted in Liability, Transportation Cargo Claims
The Carmack Amendment to the Interstate Commerce Act generally imposes strict liability on motor carriers for actual loss or injury to property which occurs during interstate shipments. However, there are five (5) exceptions outlined in the Carmack Amendment that a motor carrier can use to deny liability for freight claims. The burden of proof for… Continue Reading

Application Of The Carmack Amendment In Motor Truck Cargo Claims

Posted in Liability, Transportation Cargo Claims
Congress enacted the Interstate Commerce Act in 1887 to regulate interstate transportation. Then in 1906 it enacted the Carmack Amendment. The purpose of the Carmack Amendment is to establish uniform federal guidelines designed to remove the uncertainty surrounding a carrier’s liability when damage occurs to a shipper’s interstate shipment. The provisions and limitations of the… Continue Reading

Appraisal Process As A Substitute For Trial

Posted in Property Insurance
If the goal of both the insurer and the insured is to obtain a prompt resolution of a property damage dispute, appraisal is sometimes an appropriate means to end the discussion and allow everyone to move forward.  I have seen appraisal used in $1,000,000.00 disputes and $5,000.00 disagreements. The Supreme Court in Oklahoma has ruled the party… Continue Reading

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