Essential Law for the Claims Professional

For the claims professional, a fundamental knowledge of the law—notably tort law— is essential. This course offers a comprehensive study of the concepts and issues that must be understood and resolved before legal liability can be properly determined. The course distinguishes between common law and statutory law as well as criminal and civil law and explains how these laws affect claim handling. An understanding of torts and the elements of negligence as well as key principles of law, such as joint tortfeasor liability, comparative negligence, and contributory negligence, are essential for the claims person. Examples of auto accidents and premises liability claims illustrate how these principles are applied in various claim situations. Also covered are the defenses that the insured or defendant in a claim has that may bar or limit the plaintiff’s recovery. 

The course includes the following chapters:

  • The Meaning of Legal Liability
  • Legal Liability Based on Negligence
  • Determining Negligence in Premises Liability Claims
  • Key Principles of Law Affecting Liability Claim Handling
  • Contributory and Comparative Negligence
  • Intrafamily and Governmental Immunity/Bailments
  • Defenses to Legal Liability
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