It’s a difficult thing to “blow one’s own horn”, but sometimes we have to step outside of our comfort zone. So, please pardon us for doing so now, as this month marks the 10 year anniversary that the very first online “adjuster” training/CE course in Florida history was filed and approved. The Origin & Evolution of Workers’ Compensation, approved in 2004 on behalf of the Association of Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals (WCCP) marked a turning point for Florida’s workers’ compensation adjusters.
Over the next decade, working on behalf of both the WCCP and the Association of Property & Casualty Claims Professionals (PCCP), AE21 built the largest and most unique inventory of online adjuster licensing, claims training, and continuing education in the history of the Florida and the nation. Just take a look…and these are just the covers! What’s inside is even more unique and amazing! Continue Reading
More than a decade ago, AE21 began a journey to take adjuster CE to a new level by introducing effective claims and legal training “in the guise of CE”. Well, a recent call I received made me think we may have reached a major milestone in that journey; and while the suggested title of this post will bring loud “guffaws” from members of the Bar, it gave me great hope for the future. After all, what do new attorneys really know about practicing law in the P&C claims industry? If it can help, why not? Continue Reading
I love to teach the doctrines of workers’ compensation disability, especially those involving “traveling employees”, “deviation from employment”, and “the intoxication defense”. The factual situations that can arise are a pure joy to present and they never fail to get total class participation. It’s even more fun to watch reality as it proves that truth is indeed stranger than fiction…
Take, for example, the very recent case of Ronald Knight vs. the State of Washington, Department of Labor and Industries, where, on Monday, April 7th, the Court of Appeals for the State of Washington denied workers’ compensation benefits to a catastrophe adjuster who suffered a head injury on a South Texas beach while working Hurricane Ike. Here are the salient facts:
Rudolph Knight was a 23-year veteran catastrophe adjuster for State Farm, based in Seattle, Washington. In the fall of 2008 he was assigned work on assignment in Galveston, Texas after the area was hit by Hurricane Ike. On one of his days off, he drove to Galveston Island to, in his words, “survey the damage”, when he observed several men riding dune buggies on the beach and in the surf. He stopped to watch. That was the last thing he remembered until he awoke 24 hours later in a Texas hospital… Continue Reading