Following recent research, ISO has identified ten key factors that are critical in enabling organisations such as local authorities to reduce the rising costs of personal injury claims handling, and to increase the knowledge and..
CNA Insurance, the European subsidiary of CNA Financial, has launched an online excess liability product for the contracting industry in partnership with the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA).
The new product, which is the latest of..
PI Direct, through the creation of a new holding company, is merging with Saturn Professional Risks. Although both PID and Saturn will continue to operate independently, the new group says it is now effectively the..
A syndicate of 12 insurers led by AIG has said that it will not settle with plaintiffs taking media publishing group Hollinger International and its directors to court over their failure to stop what a..
CNA Insurance has announced a revised product for directors and officers (D&O) to help reduce the risks associated with inadequate protection. CNA’s Individual Solutions policy provides personal asset coverage for directors and officers when indemnification..
PI Direct, the specialist indemnity agency, has announced that its capacity for the 2004 solicitors season is being provided by Catlin Insurance Company Limited (UK Branch) and Hiscox Insurance Company Limited, both of whom will..
Aon has warned that aviation insurance rates for both hull and liability business, which have softened considerably in the past year, could harden again towards the end of the year. Second-quarter renewals saw liability rates..
The International Underwriting Association (IUA) has appointed a new chairman for its Marine Technical Committee. Len Messenger, energy underwriter, at Zurich Global Energy takes over the key post from Graham Hensman, marine underwriter at Allianz..
Equitas is to pay $97mn in the latest negotiated settlement designed to cap on its asbestos, pollution and other health-hazard-related liabilities in the US. The latest payment is to Hercules, a chemicals company in the..
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IBC’s 6th Annual Defending Road Traffic Accidents Conference provides an established means for delegates to acquire an in-depth update on the major developments and current..
Surveys have shown that personal injury claims have been increasing at a rate of 12 per cent per annum. However, according to independent market analyst, Datamonitor, who estimate that the UK personal injury claims market..
By Joe Pendle, Director of Client Services for Insurance Services Office (ISO) Ltd
Every year £10bn is paid out in compensation claims, according to the Institute of Actuaries. Local authorities’ bottom lines are feeling the pinch..
The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has issued a consultation document entitled “A New Focus for Civil Legal Aid - encouraging early resolution; discouraging unnecessary litigation.”
The consultation proposes reforms to the funding of civil cases under..
A failure to have harmonised equality laws in place prior to the creation of a new Commission for Equalities and Human Rights (CEHR) would “cause rancour and division” within the new body from its inception,..
An investigation by the Daily Telegraph has found that some charities and schools have suffered more than a 60 per cent increase in premiums over the past year.
The paper said that children’s charities have been..
The Government has announced a package of measures to crack down on the menace of uninsured motorists. The approach will target the estimated one million motorists on our roads driving without insurance.
Figures from the Association..
A report in the Times says that the Government has frozen all plans to cap negligence claims against company directors until after the next general election to avoid being seen as siding with incompetent executives.
A leading psychologist has told the BBC that being workers who are bullied show similar symptoms to soldiers in conflict situations. The psychologist has worked with both workers and soldiers and says that both suffer..
The majority of employers have positive attitudes to pregnancy in the workplace, according to forthcoming research from the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC). But a lack of awareness and understanding of their legal obligations could be..
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published new statistics on work-related ill health in Great Britain. The figures, highlighted in Occupational Health Statistics Bulletin 2003/04, draw on the latest data from specialist doctors and..
Cambridge University has been forced to take on a second full-time counsellor, after the demand for counselling by staff increased by more than 60% in the last four years. The University said that the waiting..
Researchers at University College London have produced a study which looked at overworked and stressed doctors, and suggests that personality traits were often as much to blame as working conditions.
The study, published in BMC Medicine,..
The National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) has published a report of a seminar that examined important terms used to communicate risk to the public, in particular the precautionary approach and the precautionary principle.
The report examines..
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has pointed to the dangers faced by construction workers when working in excavations following recent fatalities caused by trench collapses. There have been three fatal incidents since April where..
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published provisional statistics the latest offshore safety statistics bulletin, “Offshore Safety Statistics Bulletin 2003/04.” The HSE said it confirmed an unacceptable slow decline in fatal and major injury..
A silicosis test case has been filed in South Africa against the mining corporation Anglo American Plc. The test case has been brought by ten South African gold miners suffering from silicosis.
Lawyers said that the..
The recent severe weather in the UK, and the accompanying flooding in many parts of the UK, has brought home the devastation of floods, but the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has warned that..
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) is to investigate the Atkins diet. According to media reports, the evaluation will be made by up to 20 doctors, nutritionists and dieticians.The move comes amidst concerns about..
The Texas Supreme Court is reported to have reversed a $9mn award for mental anguish and punitive damages on a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The Supreme Court ruled that a plaintiff cannot avoid..
If malpractice award size continues to increase more rapidly than inflation, with the impact spilling over to other claim payments, reserve developments and rate inadequacies, then medical malpractice insurance will continue to experience many of..
The parents of a six-year-old girl who suffered permanent disfigurement from a medication that was allegedly misprescribed, have filed a lawsuit against the Florida medical malpractice cap.
The lawsuit, which has been filed in Miami, challenges..
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced the simultaneous filing and resolution of a class-wide discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against Atlanta-based Home Depot, on behalf of employees in the company’s Colorado stores.
Clydeside Action on Asbestos, a campaign group, has called on the Scottish Parliament to speed up compensation for victims of the disease and their families. The group said that too few claims were settled while..
The Gibraltar Chronicle has reported that a combined compensation payout of $120,000 has been paid to 39 Spanish workers (or their families) who suffered from asbestos poisoning fifty years ago at the MoD shipyard
The proposed $502.5mn settlement of asbestos-related claims against Travelers Property Casualty has been approved by a US bankruptcy court in New York. The settlement involves more than 600,000 claimants who had accused Travelers of failing..
A study published in the journal Academy Radiology, aimed at university radiologists, has questioned the testimony of some doctors who served as expert witnesses in asbestos liability lawsuits. The study looked at more than 400..
It has been reported that the parent group of cigarette maker Liggett Group is to planning to sue a group of state attorneys general for allowing favourable financial terms for another tobacco company, apparently in..
Ford Motor Company has been found liable for a rollover accident involving a Ford Explorer by a Florida jury. Ford was ordered to pay compensatory damages, but an out-of-court settlement was made before punitive damages..
A leading expert in radiation has told the BBC that the widely held view that even low levels of radiation damage health has no basis in hard science.
Professor Zbigniew Jaworowski, former chairman of a United..
Research by Nottingham University has found that postponing delivery by a few days may prevent brain damage in premature babies. The study, published in the Lancet and funded by the Medical Research Council, assessed the..
According to a report quoted in the Times, one in ten patients admitted to NHS hospitals will fall victim to medical errors. Indeed, these have now become Britain’s fourth-biggest killer.
The report was produced by Dr..
The Claims Standards Council has said that it is investigating the actions of Paul Higgins and Co following the discovery that his solicitors firm is enticing doctors to refer personal injury claims to the firm..
The British Medical Association and the Royal College of GPs have attacked the offer of money to GPs by law firms for referring patients with compensation claims.
It has been reported that a number of firms..
Up to 3 in 10 people who suffer a personal injury do not recover, for psychological reasons, as quickly as might be expected, according to a report published by the IUA (International Underwriting Association) and..
The Law Society said that it had received prominent coverage on page two of the Daily Telegraph with its view that Britain’s so-called compensation culture is in fact a myth, fuelled by media coverage. The..
The Tories have kept up their attacks on the compensation culture in the UK in a speech by Michael Howard, the leader of the Conservative Party, entitled “The distorted culture of political correctness.”
In the speech,..
David Davis MP, Shadow Home Secretary, has announced the establishment of a Commission to conduct a review into the 1998 Human Rights Act.
The Conservative Party said that the purpose of the Review will be to..
The Shadow Home Secretary, David Davis, has attacked the compensation culture in the UK, and in particular the role of the Human Rights Act. Writing in the Spectator magazine, in an article entitled “Victim Nation,”..
“Transfer” has the same meaning under section 218(2) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 as in the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (SI 1981 No 1794), when determining whether an undertaking had been..
The Court of Appeal held that when considering whether an arrested person had been properly informed of the true ground of arrest, the test whether the words used were adequate was sufficiently set out in..
Where an employer failed provide payslips, to deduct tax and national insurance contributions and understated the amount of wages for a foreign national who had only a limited knowledge of English, the employee did not..
When assessing damages for personal injuries, no award should be made in respect of panel brokers’ fees which would be charged by the Court of Protection on advice and other aspects of dealing with the..
The case involved allegations of race discrimination and victimisation arising out of the way in which the Medical Protection Society had advised and assisted him in relation to disciplinary and other proceedings.
The Society appealed on..
Where a tribunal is looking to determine whether claims for unlawful deduction of wages fell outside its jurisdiction, the tribunal had to determine whether there had been an overpayment of wages or whether the worker..
A South Yorkshire man has been paid £85,000 compensation by a construction company, after injuring his knee in an accident at work in January 2000. The man was working as a ceilings and partition fixer,..
A child who developed Erb’s Palsy after receiving an injury at birth has received £60,000 in a settlement. The child is expected to suffer from future employment limitations, and the settlement took this into account,..
A hospital trust has apologised to a woman who underwent a Caesarean section without being given anaesthetic, and has agreed to pay her £13,500 damages.
The woman underwent an emergency Caesarean section after going into labour..
The US government has paid £1.3 mn in compensation to a former Special Air Service soldier who was badly injured when he was crushed by a US helicopter in Afghanistan.The soldier was medically discharged from..
A German boy who was injured in a terrorist attack in Tunisia is to sue the travel agency that arranged the trip. The five-year-old boy was left disfigured after an al-Qaeda suicide bombing in Tunisia..
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced the settlement of a sex discrimination lawsuit for $360,000 against Jillian’s on behalf of a class of male employees. Jillian’s operates a nationwide chain of family..
A former accounts manager of a north Wales hotel has been awarded £18,400 compensation. The woman won her case for constructive dismissal, but lost her claim for sexual discrimination. The employment tribunal said that there..
A Derbyshire worker has been paid £7,000 compensation from three separate employers after sustaining Vibration White Finger (VWF) caused through use of vibratory equipment.
The symptoms were first noticed in 2000, but the man had used..
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) says it has not found compelling arguments to support claims that a cap on auditors’ liability would have pro-competitive effects on the audit market. It is likely that allowing..
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