For those who are not aware, in 2013, Claims Journal’s online magazine asked Gary Wickert to begin a new monthly column focusing on subrogation and related claims and insurance topics. Gary’s column can be found HERE. The column was very well-received and provides subrogation with a very widely-read medium in which to talk shop and lobby for support.
The reception the column received was better than could have been hoped for. On December 30, 2013, Claims Journal ran their traditional year-end assessment of the best and most popular articles that were published by Claims Journal over the past year. The article is entitled “Claims Journal’s Top 10 Legal Articles of 2013” and can be viewed HERE. What was surprising and quite gratifying for subrogation enthusiasts, however, was that the MWL column was mentioned not only once, twice, or even three times in the top ten list – Gary’s articles landed in four of the top five spots for 2013. While we’d like to lay credit for this amazing accomplishment at the feet of exquisite scrivener skills and writing ability, the real credit should be attributed to the fact that our industry still craves useful and practical information on subrogation issues that are all too often ignored or glossed over in the claims world. We give the success of these articles to a claims topic which may be considered “dry” from time to time, but consistently remains the only area of the insurance industry, outside of underwriting and insurance investment portfolios, that returns money to the insurer, rather than paying it out, and who doesn’t find that interesting?