Insurance 101 – Chapter 5 – Volume 6 – Is an Adjuster a Lawyer?

Is an Adjuster a Lawyer?

The Washington Supreme Court has imposed a greater duty on adjusters than other states by requiring them to comply with the standard of care of a practicing attorney when preparing and completing the documents that affect the legal rights of third party claimants. In Jones v. Allstate Insurance Co., the supreme court dealt with a third party liability case where the adjuster prepared a “Release of All Claims” that released the Allstate insured and “any other person, firm or corporation charged or chargeable with responsibility” for the injuries even though the claimant had advised the adjuster of a potential claim against a seat-belt manufacturer not insured by Allstate.

The following video was adapted from my book, “Insurance Claims A Comprehensive Guide” Published by the National Underwriter Company and is available at the Zalma Insurance Claims Library

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