Junfola Claim Consulting (“JCC”) was formed in 2019. JCC provides commercial claim consulting services including coverage and overall claim analysis, mediation attendance, claim audits, training, and service as an expert.
My experience in the property casualty insurance industry spans over 42 years, all of which have been spent managing, directly or in a supervisory capacity, insurance claims. For the last 27 years, I have specialized in long-term exposure, or continuous property damage/bodily injury/toxic tort claims on a national basis, in particular construction defect, product liability, and design professional liability claims. My experience also includes construction accident claims, particularly third-party-over actions in New York.
During the first 14+ years of my career, I handled automobile bodily injury claims, both on a primary and umbrella basis, in the State of New Jersey. It was during this time, in the early 1990s, that I qualified as an expert in the evaluation of automobile bodily injury claims in Federal Court. On behalf of the U.S., I testified as an expert in Newark Federal Court in two related automobile insurance fraud prosecutions of a fraud ring that included a physician, three attorneys, and their respective office staffs.
Over the past 25 years or so, the property/casualty insurance industry has confronted an onslaught of construction defect claims. Since the construction sector is a critical component of our Gross Domestic Product, it is not surprising that the impact of construction defect claims on the economy is significant. In addition, the ubiquity of these claims negatively impacts the availability and affordability of insurance, particularly for new residential construction
Managing such claims is challenging given the number of parties involved and the variety of construction contract language dealing with, among other things, indemnity obligations and insurance requirements. Risk-transfer language can be complex and has been the subject of much litigation.
This handbook provides a practical and user-friendly framework for those professionals who manage construction defects. It will assist the professional's continuing learning, critical to the professional's success, and it will provide a handy reference.