Information Release

Contact: Hugh O. Strawn
hstrawn@plrb.org
630-724-2230

Date: March 4, 2016

Appraisal Clauses: A State-by-State Analysis

One of 100 Educational Sessions
2016 Claims Conference
April 17 - 20, 2016

The appraisal process is an often used alternate dispute resolution technique. The application of the appraisal clause in a property policy varies from state-to-state. The appraisal process can sometimes be utilized by the insured's representatives to setup the insurer for bad faith.

"Appraisal Clauses: A State-by-State Analysis" is one of the professional development sessions offered at the Property & Liability Resource Bureau's 2016 Claims Conference, April 17 to 20, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Registration is open to property and casualty insurance professionals who work for insurance companies.

The educational session will be presented by Thomas Keller, JD, Partner, Butler, Weihmuller Katz Craig, of Tampa, Florida, and Sean Lewis, Owner, Appraiser and Umpire, Sean Lewis Consulting, of Gainesville, Florida.

At its conclusion, Claims Conference attendees who attended will be able to:

  • Describe the appraisal provision and its general application;
  • Identify the potential pitfalls and "setups" that may be used by public adjusters during the appraisal process;
  • Compare how different jurisdictions interpret and apply the appraisal clause; and
  • Use the appraisal process to resolve claims prior to litigation.

The PLRB Claims Conference will offer 100 property and casualty claims topics for the continued professional development of claims adjusters. Many of the educational sessions will be approved for adjuster continuing education credit.

As part of the Claims Conference, the 2016 Insurance Services Expo will be held Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Nearly 300 exhibitors will be there with products and services to assist insurers in providing claims services to policyholders.

The Expo showcases skilled national and regional providers of property and casualty adjustment and restoration services, such as appraisal services. Attendees are invited to enjoy a complimentary lunch in the Expo hall on both Monday and Tuesday of the Conference. They will have an opportunity to enhance their professional development by connecting with a large network of subject matter experts and industry partners during the lunch break.

Complete information and registration is available at www.plrbclaimsconference.org .

The Property & Liability Resource Bureau is a not-for-profit association of property and casualty insurance companies. It is located in Downers Grove, Illinois.