An insurance claim refers to the request of an individual made to his or her insurance provider for coverage based on the agreed terms of an established policy and contractual agreement. Insurance claim expert witnesses are experienced with the reasons as to why the provider may challenge the claim, which may result in a potential court case if there is a discrepancy or disagreement over the terms of the insurance policy, or if the insurance provider deems the claim as being invalid.
Whether it’s casualty insurance, workers compensation, property insurance, life insurance, auto insurance, or any other type of coverage, the insurance company may reject an insurance claim. Insurance claim expert witnesses are experienced with bad faith, insurance fraud, due diligence, regulatory compliance, risk assessment, and valuation, since an issue with any of these subjects may factor into the reasoning behind a rejected insurance claim. The insurer may also hire an independent claims adjuster to assess the claim to determine if it is based on valid information, in which case the insured would be entitled to the proposed claim.
Insurance claims expert witnesses might have backgrounds in commercial litigation, risk management, actuary consulting, alternative risk finance, forensic accounting, and insurance law. Such experts are also licensed and/or certified as adjusters, property and casualty underwriters, accountants, insurance agents, and brokers, among other similar professions related to insurance.
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I have more than 30 years experience in the healthcare/health insurance industry. My experience includes, but is not limited to, sales, sales management, sales distribution channels (including internal sales and outside broker/agents/consultants, operations (billing, claims, customer service), underwriting, product, compensation plans, and profit and loss management. My indirect responsibilities included, but not limited to, actuarial, finance, network development and contracting, compliance, and marketing. My experience includes Individual and Group products/business in commercial and government (Medicare) lines of business. I am offering my services as a healthcare expert witness.
I have over 40 years experience in Insurance with a focus in property management insurance, underwriting, casualty insurance, inland marine property insurance, risk management, D & O, Worker's compensation, and claims management. My background is in property coverage under builder’s risk (a type of Inland Marine insurance) and what is known as Completed Civil Works, such as operational bridges, tunnels, and dams. I have also worked as an insurance expert witness in New York for more than 30 years by offering consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard an appeal from a district court's denial of a motion for new trial on the basis of excluded expert evidence.A jury awarded an insured under a commercial-property insurance policy $76,000 for covered hail and wind damage to the exterior of two properties, but it found that the policy didn’t cover the water damage to the interiors.A hail storm damaged Appellant’s properties, and she sought coverage replacing the damaged portions of the homes. Insurance Company disputed the claims, and they went to trial on two of the properties. The parties didn’t dispute that hail and wind damage to the properties' exteriors constituted a covered loss under the policy. However, they disagreed on the amount of coverage and whether the policy covered water damage to the properties' interiors. Appellant claimed that damage to the roofs and windows let water seep inside and that the resulting interior water damage was a covered loss. Insurance Company said that water leaked into the properties because of deferred maintenance, not hail damage. As such, it refused to cover the interior damage.Appellant enlisted a public adjuster and a roofing consultant to assess the damage. The insurance expert inspected the properties and issued a written expert report, which described hail and wind damage to both properties' exteriors, particularly the roofs. The insurance expert observed interior water damage at both properties, and based on its location and its appearance shortly after the storm, he opined that it was from water entering the homes through the external damage. He also said that the roofs and other items at both properties should be replaced. Appellant’s roofing expert issued an expert report based solely on his review of the insurance expert's and Insurance Company's reports and photographs of the properties. In that report, he opined regarding on property that "[w]ater intrusion within the home may be the result of defects within the . . . roof caused by wind and hail impact." The report didn’t mention water damage to one of the property's interior but did note that the roof was damaged and that it required major repair or replacement.Appellant’s roofing expert wanted to take a core sample of the property's roof to determine how it was constructed, but snow and ice kept him from doing so at the time of his initial report. But he went to the property later to take the samples, which showed the presence of moisture both within a top roof layer and an older layer beneath it. The expert believed this indicated that the roof needed to be replaced rather than repaired. The parties deposed the roofing expert, and he mentioned these findings. However, Insurance Company’s counsel objected to his mentioning those findings without a supplemental report. Appellant’s roofing expert did draft a supplemental report, but Appellant didn’t disclose it at the time.The original deadline for Appellant to disclose expert witnesses and reports was postponed, largely on stipulation of the parties, six times, and the final amended progression order set the deadline. Appellant subsequently served Insurance Company with supplemental expert reports from both of her experts. The supplemental report from Appellant’s insurance expert included updated damages calculations for each property based both on updated pricing for materials and on the inclusion of interior water damage not presented in the insurance expert's original report. The supplemental report for Appellant’s roofing expert was the as-yet-undisclosed report her roofing expert drafted addressing the core-sampling results. At that time, jury trial was set, and the supplemental reports were thus untimely not only regarding the progression order but also under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(3)(B)'s requirement that such disclosures be made at least 30 days before trial. Subsequently, the trial was postponed because of Appellant's counsel's illness.Insurance Company moved to exclude the supplemental insurance and roofing experts’ reports. The district court noted that, although Appellant's disclosure was untimely under the federal rules at the time it was served, it wouldn’t exclude the reports based on this because Insurance Company had at least 30 days' notice due to the extension of the trial date. But the district court excluded any new items of damage in Appellant’s insurance expert's supplemental report, holding that it was “far too late for Appellant to raise new items of damage she has not previously claimed."The district court also excluded from the Appellant’s roofing expert’s report evidence concerning the moisture in the roof as a justification for her insistence that the roof be replaced. The district court observed that Appellant offered no credible excuse why she didn’t provide the supplemental report to Insurance Company at the time it was drafted. The lower court concluded that it would be prejudicial to Insurance Company to allow Appellant to raise a new theory on why replacement rather than repair was required because it didn’t have the opportunity to explore the moisture-in-the-roof theory of replacement during discovery. The trial judge also noted that, although the results of the roofing expert's core sample were discussed at his deposition, Insurance Company was not obligated to presume the issue of replacement due to roof moisture would be raised without a supplemental report.Appellant argued that she was so prejudiced by the incorrect exclusion of certain portions of the supplemental reports by her insurance and roofing expert that the district court should’ve granted her a new trial. Circuit Judge Clarence Beam wrote in his opinion that Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(f)(1)(C) allows a district court to "issue any just orders" to sanction parties for failure to follow a pretrial scheduling order and includes "prohibiting the disobedient party from . . . introducing designated matters in evidence" under Rule 37(b)(2)(A)(ii). Further, Judge Beam noted that in Patterson v. F.W. Woolworth Co. (8th Cir. 1986), the Court of Appeals stated that the factors that a court should consider in deciding whether to exclude the testimony of a witness not made known in a manner complying with a pretrial order include: (i) the reason for failing to name the witness; (ii) the importance of the witness's testimony; (iii) opposing party's required time to prepare for the testimony; and (iv) whether a continuance would be useful. These factors, the judge explained, have also been applied to supplemental expert reports disclosed later than provided for in a progression order.The Circuit Court held that the district court was within its discretion when it excluded certain portions of the supplemental expert reports and did consider the Patterson factors. As to the roofing expert’s supplemental report, the district court noted Appellant had no reason for the extreme delay of her disclosure—despite the fact that she had the report six months earlier; the lack of opportunity for Insurance Company to develop evidence and respond to the roof-moisture theory of replacement at the property; that she did not request a continuance; and that "[a] continuance at the eleventh hour was not appropriate." As to the supplemental report of her insurance expert, the district court again noted its "egregiously untimely disclosure" and observed that the new claimed damage was less than 5% of the total damages Appellant sought.Also, the Court held that Appellant wasn’t prejudiced by the exclusion of this evidence resulting in fundamental unfairness, as she could’ve called her roofing expert to support her interior-water-damage theory, which was included in both his original and supplemental reports. Appellant’s insurance expert's original report likewise presented similar opinions and even included the opinion that the roof of one of the properties needed to be replaced. The roofing expert's original report acknowledged that possibility.The Eighth Circuit agreed that the jury clearly rejected Appellant's claim to any interior damage whatsoever, and thus, the exclusion of the new items of interior damage didn’t prejudice that claim. The district court applied the law correctly under the federal rules and acted within the scope of its discretion in excluding certain portions from the supplemental expert reports. The decision was affirmed. Amplatz v. Country Mutual Insurance Company, No. 15-2645, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 9540 (Cir. 8 (Minn.) May 25, 2016).
For over 40 years, I have worked in the Property and Casualty Insurance Industry by serving clientele in various fields, such as OCIP/CCIP/Wrap-Ups; Manufacturers; Pharmaceuticals; Oil Jobbers; Truckers; Retailers; Banks; Engineers; Aviation; Wildlife Parks, etc. My expertise includes Standard of Care in Insurance Agent Broker Errors & Omissions; Insurance Bad Faith; and Claims Handling Custom & Practice; Case Assessment; Insurance Policy Construction; Carrier Claims Negotiation / Coverage Disputes, etc. I have been providing expert witness services for more than 10 years as an Insurance Expert Witness In Texas in the areas of Flood Insurance, Commercial Ocean Marine Insurance, Commercial Auto Insurance, Agent Errors and Omissions, Pollution / Environmental Liability Insurance, and Business Income / Extra Expense Insurance.
I have more than 30 years of experience as a Life Underwriter. I am the Founder and Principal of an audit, advisory, and actuarial firm focusing on the development of proprietary discovery, analysis, forward modeling and negotiating techniques associated with the employee benefits industry. I also founded a research foundation that focuses on researching healthcare delivery, financing and consumer issues to expand the utility and transparency of statistical and mathematical metric techniques required to accurately forecast future trends. I have prior expert witness experience with consultations and deposition.
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I have more than 45 years experience in the Insurance industry with expertise in Property Casualty for commercial policyholders. I have experience with management consulting for insurance agencies. I have over 10 years expert witness experience with consultations and deposition.
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