Insurance changes

Discussion in 'Insurance & Finance' started by grober, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. grober

    grober MB Master

    Jun 22, 2003
    Perth, Scotland
    W204 C200CDI Estate
    Taken from an insurance company hand out concerning the personal injury discount rate (or Ogden discount rate)- something actuarial sounding which will affect everyone's car insurance premium soon!
    What is the personal injury discount rate?
    The personal injury discount rate (or Ogden discount rate) is a rating applied to the way that lump sum compensation is calculated for serious personal injury and fatal accident cases.
    It's based on the premise that someone who receives a lump sum award following a serious injury would have the opportunity to invest that lump sum and receive a return on that investment to provide them with an income to pay for their future care.
    The rate has been at 2.5% since 2001. This means that any award given would be discounted by 2.5% to allow for a return on investment.
    Other factors such as life expectancy and future costs of on-going care are also taken into account when calculating a payment.
    What has changed?
    On February 27 2017, Liz Truss, Secretary of State for Justice, announced findings of a review of the personal injury discount rate resulting in a change in the rate from 2.5% to -0.75%.

    This change comes into effect on 20 March 2017.
    The best way to explain the impact of this is with an example.
    Previously, the cost of providing care for a 25 year old man with a moderate brain injury for the rest of his life could have totalled £3.1m, based on life expectancy and applying the 2.5% discount rate.
    Under the new -0.75% rate, the cost on the same example would be £8m.
    How could it affect my car insurance?
    This change will have a massive impact on the insurance industry
    Insurers will have to increase capital reserves for past claims not yet paid, and the cost of future claims will go up considerably.
    In order to cover these costs, insurance companies will have to increase the price of your car insurance.
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  2. Wheelsnuts

    Wheelsnuts MB Enthusiast

    Sep 27, 2014
    Up in the North East
    If there was a "Don't Like" button I would be pressing it. :D
  3. PobodY

    PobodY MB Enthusiast

    Aug 23, 2016
    CLK350 Sport, Nissan GTiR
    They've got consumers over a barrel though; you can't register a car that isn't insured, but there's nothing that says the price of insurance has to be reasonable. - God forbid the insurance companies let it impact on their bottom line.
  4. 400ixl

    400ixl MB Enthusiast

    Feb 20, 2016
    Norfolk UK
    E250 AMG Sport Convertible
    You can self cover a vehicle if you wish to place the liability cover with the authorities.

    So how much profit do you think General motor insurance makes for a company? A good one maybe makes 6-7% with some as low as 1-2% or even losses. So there isn't much room to swallow these impacts to their bottom line.

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