Tag Archives: liability risk

Navigating regulatory complications to determine black lung claims

Estimating future liabilities for even the most basic line of business involves in-depth analysis of data, expert knowledge of modeling, and professional application of assumptions. Black lung liabilities take reserving to an entirely different level.

Black lung compensation is rooted in a complex regulatory and legislative history.

The disease itself—pneumoconiosis—involves sophisticated and often conflicting medical and scientific evidence and opinions. Against a backdrop of social and political turbulence is a labyrinth of complex if not incomprehensible data. These unusual liabilities require actuarial and case reserving models that are truly unique, applying methodologies not used in any other line of business.

In this article, Milliman’s Christine Fleming and Travis Grulkowski discuss legislative and regulatory complications regarding black lung disease, including the highly complex, non-standard actuarial approaches for evaluating and estimating black lung liabilities.

How will current legacy losses affect P&C insurers?

Property and casualty (P&C) insurance headlines these days generally focus on issues relevant to current policies. Although not receiving as much attention, historical accident years have also been experiencing deteriorating trends, both for mature exposures such as asbestos, environmental pollution, and construction defect claims as well as for emerging exposures related to talc, sexual abuse, and opioid litigation.

Understanding the impact of these potential legacy losses is important, not only in the context of establishing an appropriate reserve, but also to form a view of the load for mass torts needed for pricing current policy years. Very often insurance companies segregate these mass tort claims, housing them in discontinued operations, ceding such exposures as part of adverse development covers or simply removing them from actuarial analyses to prevent them from “distorting” the analyses of the “normal” claims.

In this article, Milliman’s Raji Bhagavatula, Mark Goldburd, and Jason Russ discuss a number of these “legacy” topics that affect the general liability books of commercial insurance companies.

Managing new and evolving risk exposures due to COVID-19

COVID-19 requires companies with self-insured or high-deductible programs to take a new look at their operations, which may vastly reshape their risk profiles. The degree to which risk managers can come to new understandings of their changing exposure levels could have significant effects on current and future liability estimates.

Estimating outstanding claim liabilities for a self-insured or large deductible program depends heavily on the exposure levels for the present and recent past. A change in operations alters a company’s risk profile and can have a significant impact on reserving and loss projections for the next quarter or year. The larger the change in operations, the greater the impact on a company’s exposures and claim reserves.

In today’s climate, it is extremely important to make sure exposure estimates reflect the latest information available and that any changes in operations have been clearly communicated. Likewise, when life returns to normal, it will be important to frequently monitor the resulting increases in exposure levels.

In this article, Milliman’s David Lang explains why estimating the new exposure levels is likely to be difficult for many risk managers.

Who’s liable for electronic scooter accidents?

Dockless electronic scooter (e-scooter) sharing programs are the new era in micromobility. However, scooter-sharing companies are drawing fire from injured pedestrians and a concerned medical community. A recent Consumer Reports investigation documents at least 1,500 injuries and eight deaths related to rented e-scooters in the United States since late 2017. Hundreds of riders have landed in emergency rooms with injuries ranging from cuts, sprains, and bruises to bone fractures and head injuries.

E-scooter sharing also introduces new insurance implications. Traditional policies have not kept up with the micromobility revolution, although most e-scooter riders assume they’re covered for liabilities and personal injuries. With e-scooter accidents on the rise, insurance gaps need immediate attention and innovative solutions for on-demand, usage-based transportation. In this article, Milliman actuaries Abby Sternberg and Anthony Pinello delve into the new world of e-scooters. They examine injuries associated with e-scooters and potential litigation. The authors also compare e-scooters with bicycles and bike shares and talk about what e-scooter companies can do to mitigate risk.

Benchmarking P&C risk margins under Solvency II

Since the advent of Solvency II, insurers are faced with a number of challenges that can have a potential impact on determining the economic value of their liabilities. These challenges start with an insurer’s modeled uncertainty with respect to the timing and amount of future cash flows, which sets the stage for nearly every other element of the risk margin. Milliman actuary Mark Shapland offers some perspective in this paper.

Volatility Adjustment considerations under Solvency II

The Volatility Adjustment (VA) is one of the Long-Term Guarantee (LTG) measures under Solvency II which aims to ensure the appropriate treatment of insurance products with long-term guarantees. However, the VA also affords applicability to other types of products with long-term liability cash flows and one of the aims of a recent paper is to reexamine the potential for companies to use the VA for their businesses. In this paper, Milliman’s Karl Murray and Eamonn Phelan examine the features of ongoing risk management with regards to the application of the VA.