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Which is the way to go—multiline or specialized?

Partner Claims Service's Jim Davis is one of four CLM members who answered this month's question.

June 25, 2014 Photo

“The trend to specialized can only work if insurers are committed to an aggressive rotation program that provides for the development of deep technical knowledge with some and prepares others with the required broad-based knowledge to lead an efficient and effective claims organization in the future.”

1. Karen Furtado, Partner, Strategy Meets Action. CLM Fellow since 2014.

“Multiline is easier for the loss adjusting or TPA firms because it reduces their costs. However, the approach we employ is offering specialized claims management professionals. They provide the client with the best service, results, and, ultimately, value.”  

2. Jim Davis, Principal and Executive Vice President, Partners Claim Services Inc. CLM Fellow since 2007.

“I like interacting with an experienced, seasoned veteran of the claims wars on matters that I defend. It helps if they are conversant in the area of law in which we are engaged. It makes a lot of sense to have specialized claims professionals.”

3. Bill Nebeker, Partner, Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson & Haluck LLP. CLM Member since 2009.

“We have areas where we are specialized, but we also utilize multiline adjusters. I think it is important to look at people with certain personalities, skills, and talents and allow them to move into other areas and grow. It is critical to keep associates engaged in their roles and continuously learning.” 

4. Teresa M. King, Vice President and Chief Claims Officer, Motorists Insurance Group. CLM Fellow since 2010.


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About The Authors
Bevrlee J. Lips

Bevrlee J. Lips was managing editor of Claims Management magazine (now CLM Magazine) from January 2012 until March 2017.  blips@claimsadvisor.com

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