Deaf workers accused of ‘new whiplash’ claims in insurance fraud

March 21, 2015 3:28 pm

Firms are dismissive of complaints by employees who have suffered hearing loss in the workplace. Compensation claims for industrial deafness have risen by two thirds over the past two years, according to insurance and legal experts. Despite the increase, however, only one in 10 cases are being paid out amid claims of widespread fraud. An estimated 80,000 claims were made last year, compared with 55,000 in 2012, according to the Institute of Actuaries. With only 10 per cent successfully receiving pay-outs, Industrial Deafness cases have been dubbed “the new whiplash” by some insurers. AXA insurance had more claims for industrial...