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A Matter of Taste

The insurance industry is filled with great stories. In a recent claim, an artist added egg yolk with paint as a binder to add richness to the colors. The finished painting was "comic art". The art dealer put the consigned painting in his home office. The dealer’s dog decided it wanted

Water Damage 10 Times More Likely Than Fire

While fire may be a common worry among homeowners, claims data from Travelers suggests that homes could be as much as 10 times more likely to be damaged by water than by fire. Fortunately, much of this water-related damage can be prevented, and taking a few simple home maintenance steps can

No Cost Central Coast Safety Update Seminar with Cal OSHA

Is Your Business OSHA Compliant? How Much Could You Owe in Fines? January 1st 2011 AB2774 is in force. Are you familiar with the requirements? Van Beurden Insurance Services, Inc. Presents: JIM LOPES of CAL/OSHA CONSULTATION June 23, 2011 - 9:00 am to 11:30 am Oxford Suites 651 Five Cities Drive Pismo Beach, CA 93449 9:00 am to 11:30 am No

California Wildfire Awareness Week

The following notice from the California Department of Insurance struck a specific chord with me because I live in a wooded area and the recent rains have provided heavy underbrush. However, regardless of where we live it is imperative to "be prepared" and there is no better time than the

Flood Insurance: California Businesses & Homeowners Advised to Secure Coverage

According to a recent article in the Insurance Journal, the threat of flood in California is not over just because the inclement weather has subsided: California Businesses, Residents Urged to Consider Flood Insurance While California may have survived this past winter’s storms, experts are urging businesses and residents to consider flood insurance. The state’s

Association-sponsored Work Comp Programs Are Not Always Your Best Option

During the past 15 years, I have worked with thousands of dentists. Most of them purchased their Workers' Compensation insurance through their association. Did they do this because the association product offered the lowest rates? Definitely not! Did they do so because they received better claims service, better payment options,

What to do in the event of a claim

Nobody wants to be involved in an incident or loss that can lead to a claim. An insurance claim can be a stressful experience. But know that Van Beurden Insurance will be with you every step of the way. Knowing what to do prior to having a claim can ease some

Let The Lawsuits Begin: Self Insured Groups

Recently (click to see May 3, 2010 Blog Entry), up to 5 self insured groups managed by CRM holdings have closed and or failed in California. One recent failure is the CAPSIG Self-insured group which CRM managed. With a claims shortfall of $20,000,000 and growing, the 200 members of the CAPSIG

New Workplace Rules: California Workers’ Comp Regulation Changes

On August 10, 2010, the Office of Administrative Law approved several changes that affect California employers effective October 8, 2010: Updated Posting Notices (DWC-7) must be used. Notification of Rights Materials Regarding the insurance carrier MPN must be posted. MPN Implementation Notices are revised, as are options on how to distribute. New Hire Pamphlets,