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Horrors! Halloween hijinks are hassles for hapless homeowners p2

Mon Oct 31st, 2011 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

In our last post, we were talking about the risks associated with Halloween. As wonderful as it is, Halloween can turn into a nightmare if a trick-or-treater slips and falls in a homeowner’s yard. It’s also a time of year that presents a host of opportunities for vandals and thieves. Property insurance policies may cover pranks and cranks, but there may be a few easy ways to avoid that injury or damage altogether.

Horrors! Halloween hijinks are hassles for hapless homeowners

Fri Oct 28th, 2011 on     Homeowners Insurance,    

It seems a shame, but Halloween is really pretty risky. In the “old days,” the primary concern was about tainted candy. Urban legends abound about the innocent 5-year-old trick-or-treater in a Miami suburb — right on the block where a friend of a friend lives — who bites into a rosy red apple, only to find a razor blade or surgical needle. You couldn’t swing a black cat without hitting some kind of terrifying tale of danger to life, limb and property.

CLASS dismissed, voluntary program not sustainable

Mon Oct 17th, 2011 on     Long-Term Disability,    

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been over the numbers time and again, but it just won’t work. Last week, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress that the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program can never be actuarially sound. The insurance program was to have been established under the Affordable Care Act.

Sinkhole swallows family vehicle as Citizens approves rate hike

Thu Oct 13th, 2011 on     Insurance Claims,    

Miami-Dade County may have its share of windstorms and hurricanes, but sinkholes are extremely rare in this part of Florida. That may be a selling point for one Marion County family looking to relocate after losing their home to two sinkholes. If there is any good news, it could be that this happened before Citizens’ new premiums go into effect — families with sinkhole insurance could be paying hundreds of dollars more in premiums after the first of the year.

A different kind of ‘bad faith’ bill for Florida Legislature p. 2

Wed Oct 5th, 2011 on     Bad Faith Insurance,    

We’re picking up the thread from our Sept. 28 post, continuing the discussion of a claims bill scheduled for Florida’s next legislative session. The claim involves a personal injury suit against a county sheriffs department. The bill has languished for a couple of years, because the focus has shifted from compensating the victim and his family to setting a new precedent for insurance bad faith claims.

The sky is falling! Will my insurance carrier pay for the damage?

Sat Oct 1st, 2011 on     Insurance Claims,    

Officials from NASA announced recently that an expired climate satellite lhad ost its orbit and would fall to Earth. People in Florida and elsewhere in the country had been wondering if their home or even their person could be hit by falling debris. It is no surprise that people question whether their insurance company will pick up the tab to repair any damage — the satellite weighs 6 tons.

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