Claims reform emphasis shifts to deafness cases

Two stories from 15 & 16 June, both reported in The Daily Telegraph, may signal not only upward pressure on motor insurance premiums but also a more robust approach from insurers to claims for industrial deafness. Whether or not that condition is ‘the new whiplash’ may be beside the point. What does appear clear is that insurers are advocating tackling it using similar approaches first adopted in whiplash claims:  centralised case notification, fixed legal costs and the use of MedCo for clinical reports.

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