Arbitrator Workshop – May 2024

AF recently facilitated its May Arbitrator Workshop with 275 member arbitrators in attendance. The purpose of these 30-minute workshops is to drive decision quality by: 
  • Sharing information with arbitrators on recent decision quality trends and drivers 
  • Answering questions arbitrators may have on hearing cases 
The May topics and key takeaways included:

Prior Payments
  • Various scenarios were discussed, including:
    • The Recovering Party acknowledges receipt of a payment; Responding Party alleges another payment was issued.
    • The Responding Party enters a prior payment on a supplemental filing, which is the prior arbitration award; use the “View Previous Decision” functionality to confirm the amount is a prior award.
Exposures in PIP/Med Pay
  • The “Allocate” functionality should be used when there are other paid exposures to properly allocate per person/per incident limits.
Double Dips (Things to Consider)
  • Did a dated notice of subrogation letter support the filing company managed and/or controlled the vehicle damages process?
  • Did the Responding Party properly enter the payment in the Prior Payment Made field?
  • Does the evidence support that the payment(s) was for damages sought in the filing? Has the payment cleared?
Decision Quality – Decision Explanations
  • Address the arguments raised by the parties.
  • Explain which evidence items informed the decision and how each did so.
  • Connect the dots between the arguments, evidence, and your decision.
Policy State vs. Loss State (Auto first-party concurrent coverage disputes)
  • Total loss damages are typically paid based on the policy state (e.g., Recovering Party’s total loss documentation is based on the policy state; the Responder disputes damages and provides the total loss documentation based on loss state).
Special Arbitrators Take Note
  • Before hearing a case, verify how it was filed in the Ready to Hear view (i.e., Contribution for Concurrent Coverage [CCC], UMBI or UMPD, Workers’ Compensation Subrogation, etc.).
  • As you hear the case, verify that it was filed properly.
  • If it was not filed properly or you are unsure, call and notify AF.
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