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Sessions are 90 minutes in length. They address the wide variety of challenges, from coverage to investigation, from evaluation to resolution that confront adjusters and claim managers on a daily basis. Instead of "dry" lectures, you'll be encouraged to actively learn together with a large number of industry peers in every class. You'll hear the latest developments and strategies from subject experts, and learn what others across the industry, and across the nation, are doing with various claim issues and challenges. Over two days you'll be able to attend up to eight 90-minute sessions on a wide assortment of claim topics.

Accident Reconstruction: Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles


Oct 30, 2018 -- 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Oct 31, 2018 -- 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Kevin C. Cain, Esq., Member, Sulloway & Hollis, PLLC
Anthony Cretella, Senior Forensic Consultant, Unified Investigations

  • Identify basic accident reconstruction principles and technologies
  • List strategies for effectively working with legal counsel and an accident reconstructionist to evaluate the case and present the case at trial
  • Describe the legal challenges when admitting accident reconstruction evidence at trial
  • Examine how newer technologies such as electronic data recorders, GPS systems and advanced vehicle safety systems are impacting vehicular accident reconstruction
  • Agricultural Liability Claims: A Coverage Primer

     CPCU  DE  FL  NC  NH  OK  RPA  TX

    Oct 30, 2018 -- 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Oct 31, 2018 -- 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

    Joshua Davis, JD, Partner, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice
    James Whelan, PE, Founder, Beacon Forensic, P.C.

  • Identify the various liability loss exposures related to farming, ranching and other agricultural businesses
  • Explain the coverages provided under the typical farm liability policy, including premises, operations, pollution or product liability coverage
  • Formulate strategies for evaluating coverage for agricultural liability claims
  • Discuss the use of vendors and experts to assist with determining the amount of loss
  • Coverage Consequences of Untimely Notice of a Third Party Claim

     CPCU  DE  FL  NC  NH  OK  RPA  TX

    Oct 30, 2018 -- 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    Oct 31, 2018 -- 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

    Scott Brown, CPCU, Claims Litigation/Exam. Mgr., Erie Insurance Group
    Michael J. DiSantis, JD, Partner, Tressler, LLP

  • Identify what constitutes "notice" under "claims made" and occurrence liability policies
  • Explain when the "notice-prejudice rule" applies and who has the burden of proving prejudice
  • Survey how late notice may impact an insurer's indemnity and defense obligations
  • Describe the impact of late notice on umbrella and excess insurance policies
  • Homeowners' Liability Coverage: Current Trends

     CPCU  DE  FL  NC  NH  OK  RPA  TX

    Oct 30, 2018 -- 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    Oct 31, 2018 -- 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

    Kenneth P. Williams, JD, Shareholder, Segal McCambridge Singer et al

  • Describe the expansion of homeowners' policy liability coverage to respond to increasing exposures affecting personal liability
  • Survey evolving state and federal law with respect to the courts' broadening interpretation of policy language addressing coverage for exposures posed by cyber-bullying, other social media use and the conduct of minors
  • Scrutinize court decisions addressing coverage for intentional acts
  • Analyze approaches to coverage for these liability exposures
  • Impact of Consumer Electronics Data on Liability Claims

     CPCU  DE  FL  NC  RPA  TX

    Oct 30, 2018 -- 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Oct 31, 2018 -- 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    Lawrence Daniel, Principal Consultant, Envista Forensics
    Elizabeth S. Fitch, JD, Founding Member, Righi Fitch Law Group
    Theodore M. Schaer, Esq., Shareholder, Zarwin Baum DeVito et al

  • Explore how various electronics, such as activity trackers, smart watches and smart phones, gather data on consumers
  • Discuss ways in which this data can be used in litigation
  • Determine if expert testimony is needed to explain and interpret the data
  • Review emerging case law on the admissibility of this data in personal injury cases and other litigation
  • Medicare/Medicaid Compliance Issues

     CPCU  DE  FL  NC  NH  OK  RPA  TX

    October 30, 2018 -- 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    October 31, 2018 -- 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

    Rafael Gonzalez, Esq., President, Optum Settlement Solutions

  • Explain the current interpretation of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and changes brought about by recent litigation and administrative rules
  • Summarize the essential obligations of liability insurers under the Medicare Secondary Payment ("MSP") laws
  • Demonstrate how MSP laws apply to the resolution of third-party claims
  • Establish strategies to satisfy Medicare's right to recovery
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (Concussions) v. Serious Traumatic Brain Injuries

     CPCU  DE  FL  NC  NH  OK  RPA  TX

    October 30, 2018 -- 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    October 31, 2018 -- 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Mary Capelli Schellpfeffer, MD, MPA, VP & CMO, AIS a CCC Company

  • Distinguish between a mild traumatic brain injury such as a concussion and a serious traumatic brain injury
  • Identify what tests, records and documents are needed for an appropriate brain injury evaluation
  • Describe the prognosis for recovery from a mild traumatic brain injury and a more severe traumatic brain injury
  • Evaluate signs of fraud or malingering in brain injury claims
  • Selling Structured Settlements

     CPCU  DE  FL  NC  NH  OK  RPA  TX

    October 30, 2018 -- 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    October 31, 2018 -- 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    David J. Korch, JD, AIC, SCLA, VP-Workers' Comp. & Medicare, Arcadia Settlements Group

  • Explain how structured settlements work
  • Determine what type of claims may be appropriate for a structured settlement and when the use of a structured settlement expert may be beneficial
  • Indicate the potential advantages and disadvantages of using a structured settlement
  • Apply negotiation strategies to sell a structured settlement to a claimant
  • Tenders in the Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Context

     CPCU  DE  FL  NC  NH  OK  RPA  TX

    October 30, 2018 -- 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    October 31, 2018 -- 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

    David Heemann, Claims Risk Manager, Enumclaw Insurance Group

  • Evaluate when UM and UIM coverage is triggered
  • Develop strategies for responding to an UM/UIM limits demand letter
  • Recognize potential bad faith exposure for failing to tender the full UM/UIM limits
  • The Role of Biomechanics in Automobile Accident Analyses and Litigation

     CPCU  DE  FL  NC  NH  OK  RPA  TX

    October 30, 2018 -- 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    October 31, 2018 -- 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Leroy Waite, Senior Biomechanics Consultant, Rimkus Consulting Group

  • State the principles and science behind the biomechanics of automobile accidents
  • Describe the elements required for an accurate biomechanical analysis
  • Determine if a biomechanics expert is needed for an automobile accident
  • Evaluate the impact of a biomechanics expert's opinions on the valuation of a claim

    Call for Presentations for the 2019 Regional Conferences.

    As a claims professional, your time is valuable and the demands of your job are high. Day in and day out, you are responsible for helping insureds replace their homes or businesses after a catastrophe or ensuring that a business owner sued by a customer receives a fair day in court. Still, you have to stay abreast of adjusting, legal and technological developments in the insurance industry in order to maintain your adjusting licenses and provide first-rate services to your insureds. PLRB's Regional Adjusters Conferences are designed to meet your needs.

    The Regional Adjusters Conferences provide high-quality claims training and education in a cost-effective, interactive educational setting. The conferences are held in three different cities around the country and close to your offices.

    At the conferences, you can explore property and casualty claim insurance topics that provide current information on critical claims issues while earning up to 12 hours of adjuster continuing education credit in select states. You can also attend the Insurance Services Expo where you can discover new products and services and network with the top industry service providers. The Expo includes 80-100 regionally-focused service providers with claims-specific expertise in a wide array of fields and disciplines.

    PLRB offers complimentary registration for the Regional Adjusters Conferences to staff of PLRB member insurance companies. You can attend both days of the conference or focus on particular courses. So invest in your professional development and growth by attending any one of the 3 Regional Adjusters Conferences this year. You are worth it.

    The was my first PLRB conference and I look forward to attending others.

    Great learning opportunity, good way to clarify how vendors can help or what they do.

    I was able to meet several contractors and adjusters face to face that I've only talked to on the phone in the past. Everything is well organized and I appreciate that.

    The variety of presentations compared to the amount of time allotted for the conference. It was nice getting to choose courses and not feeling like I had to settle for one which didn't apply. All were valuable.

    Material appropriate for what we do. Variety of subject matter and choices.

    The seminars very done very well and was pleased with overall experience.

    PLRB greatly appreciates the following claims service providers for their outstanding support for the 2018 Regional Adjusters Conferences.




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