Collateral Consequences of Weed – The Challenges of Cannabis in Claims

Use of cannabis, for recreational or medical purposes, is having an effect in workers’ compensation, employment and general liability cases. There are many unanswered questions including whether carriers must pay for medical marijuana, who receives the payments and what liability exists in relation to cannabis still being labeled as a prohibited substance under federal law. […]

Negligent Security Claims in the Age of Gun Violence

In the age of gun proliferation and related gun violence, there has been an increasing amount of acceptance that commercial landowners should now bear a duty to protect against this risk. In fact, there have been a proliferation of high-dollar legal rulings against businesses held accountable. This session at the 2020 CLM Workers’ Compensation and […]

Workers’ Compensation or Premises Liability – You Can’t Have It Both Ways

What happens when an employee is also a customer and an incident occurs? In this session at the 2020 CLM Workers’ Compensation and Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality Conference, a panel reviewed a national lawsuit, highlighting the intersection of a workers’ compensation claim and a premises liability cause of action. Speakers included: Paul Caleo, Attorney, Burnham […]

Driving Insurance Forward: Insuring Autonomous Vehicle Risk

Autonomous vehicles may reduce the frequency of accidents, but they also present new liabilities. In this session at the RIMS 2019 Conference and Exhibition, Katherine Henry, Partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummins LLP, discussed the anticipated shift of liability from owner or operator to manufacturer. Coverage for Autonomous Vehicles Since the automatic transmission was introduced […]

Opioid Litigation and Coverage Issues

At the 2018 RIMS Annual Conference, a session discussed the wave of litigation against pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies and distributors related to the opioid epidemic. The panel included: John Denton – Managing Director, Marsh Anna Engh – Partner, Covington & Burling, LLP We all remember past litigation by governmental entities against industries for the ills of […]

First Responder Exposure to Violence

Ariel Jenkins, Director of Risk Control, Safety National and Kip Teitsort, President/CEO, DT4EMS LLC conducted a session at RIMS 2017 Annual Conference to discuss emergency medical service personnel and the violence they are exposed. Everyday they are threatened by assault, this attack could come from a violent patient, angry bystander or even an upset family […]

Liability Medicare Set-Asides

At the 2016 NAMSAP Annual Conference, a panel provided an overview of how CMS is handling liability Medicare set-aside arrangements. The panel was: David Cherry – Cherry Injury Firm Roy Franco – Franco Signor, LLC Thomas Spratt – NuQuest There are significant differences between workers’ compensation and liability Medicare set-asides. Workers’ compensation benefits are statutory […]

Liability Self-Insurance

At the 2016 ACE Conference, Bob Wiese from Disneyland Resort discussed the differences between traditional insurance and self-insurance when it comes to liability claims. One of the biggest advantages of being self-insured for liability claims is that you get to define what claims you are going to handle and how you will handle them. You […]

Student Athlete Head Injury Prevention

At the 2016 PRIMA Annual Conference, Brett Carruthers from Wright Public Entity and the NYSIR and Neda Saric from Munich Re discussed the significant challenges in the prevention of student athlete head injuries. In the public entity world, this is a huge concern for school district administrators, athletic directors and coaches. One of the biggest […]

Impact of Autonomous Vehicles and On-Demand Economy

At 2016 Philly I Day, a presentation discussed how the combination of on-demand transportation services and autonomous vehicles could impact the risk landscape in the future. The speakers were: Gerald Finley – SVP Casualty Treaty Underwriting, Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. Martin Frappolli – Senior Director of Knowledge Resources, The Institutes There are different levels of […]

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