OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This second in a series of “First Monday” episodes highlights A.M. Best Assistant Vice President Gerard Altonji, who discusses how insurance industry losses from asbestos and environmental (A&E) claims dropped sharply in 2014. Click on http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=fmasbestos1215 to view the entire program.
The next “First Monday” episodes will include a focus on European insurers’ strategies to look overseas for growth due to saturated domestic and difficult economic markets and the buying trends, barriers to growth and regulatory challenges taking place in the Asia-Pacific region. “First Monday” is A.M. Best’s monthly program featuring commentary by the company's leading analysts.
A.M. Best’s annual analysis of the A&E industry concluded that incurred losses for U.S. A&E exposures declined 33% in 2014. These incurred losses were driven by a 38% drop in asbestos losses and a 15% decrease in environmental losses. Additionally, A.M. Best has estimated net asbestos losses in the U.S. property/casualty industry to be $85 billion.
“Incurred losses dipped significantly in 2014, which is the first decrease we have seen in several years,” said Altonji. “As paid losses continue to rise, there doesn’t seem to be an end to asbestos litigation, since such a large number of people have been exposed and are living longer with the illness.”
Altonji also added that the potential for large settlements remains extremely probable, as medical care expenses that are related to taking care of people directly or indirectly exposed are very costly.
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