NIHL - fraudulent behaviours and counter strategies

Fraudulent behaviours have been seen in NIHL claims for some time now. On 10 March, DWF looked at some of the issues and the strategies for dealing with fraudulent NIHL claims at a briefing to over 50 clients. In 2014/15, DWF had dealt with c80,000 NIHL claims and claims were currently being received at c6,000 per month. With a lack of heavy industry, a contracted construction sector and long standing legislation in place to control noisy atmospheres, the panellists looked at what was driving those figures, figures that were typical of the wider insurance industry and what could be done to tackle fraudulent claims.

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Ian Macalister


I have a special interest and expertise in employer's liability and occupational disease claims. I lead a team of 35 fee earners acting for composite insurers, as well as self-insured undertakings.