Auto Liability

This one-week Auto Liability Adjusting course teaches the basics of principles of Law and Legal Liability as they apply to automobile liability.

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1 week

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Students will be exposed to the knowledge and skills necessary to enable them to make decisions regarding liability and develop an understanding of the principals of comparative and contributory negligence as well as other state specific issues.

The focus of the course is on claims handling from the first notice of loss to the settlement and closure of the claim. We will concentrate on the components and methods of investigating and determining legal liability, evaluation of damages, reserving, reporting, and negotiating and settlement practices.

Students will build skills, increase confidence and be encouraged to make analytical decisions regarding auto liability claims. Students participate in workshops and hands on application of skills in exercises involving claims handling in order to increase development and practice in auto liability claims handling.


Entry-Level adjusters for insurance carriers, third party administrators and self-insured companies who are assigned auto liability losses. 
Supervisors and managers who require a basic understanding of auto liability claims handling. 
Current claims adjusters who need more knowledge of auto liability claims adjusting. 
Independent adjusters who need training in auto liability claims adjusting techniques.




State Specific Laws and Auto Adjusting
Comparative, Contributory, No-Fault
Other state specific issues

Parts of a Policy
How to Read Policies
Who is Insured?
Named Insured
Other Insureds
Other Vehicles
Limits and Coverages
Property Damage
Rental Vehicles and Loss of Use
Other Applicable Insurance or Coverage

Notice of Loss
Police or other official report
How to read official reports
Insured – Claimant or claimants
Other important information

First Contact
Importance of First Contact and Timeliness
Essential Components of Customer Service and Contact

Returning Calls and Documenting Conversations
Attorney Representation – What to do?
Letter of Representation
Reservation of Rights and Non-Waivers
Diary Dates and Follow-up Plans
Importance of Timelines in Claims Handling

Taking Statements Skills and Procedures
Recorded Statements
Written Statements
Outlines and Guidelines
Statement Summaries
Favorable vs Unfavorable
How to be the best at utilizing this most important tool

Damages (Property) 
Determining and Evaluating Damages
Insured Vehicle
Claimant Vehicle(s)
Determining the Point of Impact
Why is this important?
Prior Damages
Estimate to Repair
Total Loss/Salvage
Down Time/Repair Time
Rental Vehicles
Diminished Value

Scene Investigation
Using this information in determining fault
Witness Descriptions
Skid marks – Debris- Other
Time- Distance – Speed

Putting the Pieces Together – Liability
Do Not Make a Decision without Knowing the Facts
Find A Way to Gather the Information That You Need
Who is at fault?

Documentation and Reporting
Documentation Is Vital
Using Your Documentation in Reporting
First Report
Follow Up
Full Captioned- Outlines
Timeliness – Guidelines (Internal and State)

Bodily Injuries
Identify Who Is Injured
Were They Determined To Be Injured At the Scene?
How Did They Leave The Scene?
Specific and General Treatment – Hospitalization
Missed Time from Work
Medical Authorization
Obtaining Medical Information and Privacy of Information

Evaluating an Injury
Importance of evaluating an injury
What to take into Consideration when evaluating an injury
The Individual, Area of Country, Etc.
Injury Specific Issues
The Settlement Package
What and When Limits Come Into Play
Protecting the Insured

Negotiating a Settlement
Beginning Point
Fair Settlement
Negotiation Process
Developing Negotiation Skills
Finalization Of Settlement – Who Are You Settling With?
The Release
Leaving No Ends Untied

Protecting the Statute
When Settlement is Not Reached
Anatomy of a Law Suit
How to Handle Litigated Claims
Your Responsibility as the Claims Adjuster

Bad Faith
What is Bad Faith?
The Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act
How to Avoid Bad Faith
Components of Good Faith

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