The International Claim Association was founded in 1909 and exists to this day. Charter members include Aetna Life Insurance Company, Employers' Liability, Maryland Casualty Company, United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company, and the United States Casualty Company.
The Association's constitution stated in part that:
"The object and purpose of this Association are declared to be as follows: To promote good will, harmony, confidence and co-operation generally between companies, and to devise and give effect to measures for the protection of their common interests, especially in matters for relating to claims; and the observance of the amenities that should exist between companies and associations."
By the 1930s, members included Aetna Life Insurance Company, Continental Casualty Company, Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company, Indemnity Insurance Company of North America, Maryland Casualty Company, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Prudential Insurance Company of America, Sun Indemnity Company of New York (today's Chubb Indemnity), United States Casualty Company and the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company.
In 1939 at the 30th annual convention held at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York, Mr. A. G. Fankhauser of the Continental Casualty Company said in part that " A few years ago when the Program Committee went to considerable trouble to get an expression of opinion from the member companies and their representatives as to what subjects they would like to have talked about there was a large demand for a talk on pulmonary diseases, diseases of the respiratory tract."
Mr. Fankhauser then introduced Dr. Edgar Mayer of New York City who made a presentation to the Association on the topic of "Diseases of the Lungs." Dr. Mayer said, in part, "I should like to discuss certain problems of pulmonary disease which are of particular importance and interest to the Claims Division of insurance companies." During his presentation Doctor Mayer showed slides illustrating the x-ray appearance of some chest diseases including silicosis.
Representatives of several insurance companies were present for Dr. Mayer's presentation including individuals from Aetna Life Insurance Company, Colonial Life Insurance Company of America, Indemnity Insurance Company of North America and United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company.