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Much of the conversation around reducing the number and cost of fraudulent claims centres around detecting and then defeating them. But what if we could prevent them from being brought in the first place? In this series of three blog posts, Daniel Sander looks at how we can seek to deter fraudulent claims from the outset.
The Florida Legislature passed comprehensive property insurance reform before the end of the 2021 Legislative Session, which concluded on Friday, April 30. Senate Bill 76 (“SB 76”) represents the latest attempt to curb litigation trends over first-party property claims and curtail the rise of property insurance premiums by limiting the circumstances in which attorney’s fees are awarded to prevailing insureds and imposing pre-suit requirements on plaintiffs.
Kennedys has relocated its Manchester team to new premises in the city following further expansion in the team. Kennedys opened in Manchester in October 2008 with a team of 12 and in October 2016 the team moved to larger premises in The Tootal buildings.
Michael Bickerstaffe takes a look at the situation where a claimant, pursuing an injury claim, has been found fundamentally dishonest and tries to prevent dismissal of the claim.
Kennedys IQ has taken Portal Manager, its unique, end-to-end solution for compensators, to the next level by using artificial intelligence to assess medical evidence and recommend a damages figure for insurance claims in the MoJ Portal.
On Friday 26 February 2021 the rules providing the framework for how whiplash claims will be managed from 31 May 2021 were released. My colleague, Ian Davies, considered that these changes were “seismic” before predicting a frantic three months as insurers and compensators set about preparing themselves for a new system and new processes.
Louise Houliston and Daniel Kinloch assess the impact of the changes to the court system in Scotland and if the huge leaps forward may bring an additional consideration in selecting the right fraudulent claims to defend to trial.
Case review 05/03/2021
In this case, the claimant’s personal injury claim in excess of £50,000 was dismissed in its entirety, despite liability being admitted under Section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. Qualified one-way cost shifting was disapplied and the claimant was ordered to pay the defendant’s costs, minus the damages she would have received but for her dishonesty, as well as a previous indemnity costs order from 2018.
Kennedys has secured a finding of fundamental dishonesty and subsequent custodial sentence following committal proceedings against a demolition worker after it was established that he lied about the circumstances of an accident when pursuing a claim against his employer.
In 1997 Harold Skipper wrote about the ways in which insurance contributes to society and economic growth by aiding economic development and stability. However, when claims have to be defended or declined, these can be difficult stories to tell to those outside the industry and without the context of being informed on the issues.