Report: Attorney Representation Rates, Liability Litigation Rates Rising

Litigation conditions in the industry continue to evolve with representation rates, litigation rates and litigation costs increasing, according to a new report from Sedgwick.

The report portrays a challenging and evolving legal landscape in 2024.

Among the key findings in the Sedgwick report is that attorney representation has been rising the last five years, with attorney representation rates for general liability bodily injury claims increasing from 14.1% in 2022 to 17.2% in 2023. Rates for auto liability bodily injury claims increased to 47.7% in 2023, up 2% from 2022, according to the report.

The report attributes this to “aggressive multi-platform advertising” by the plaintiffs’ bar, citing a recent study by the Insurance Research Council that shows consumers are seeing more attorney advertising.

Other findings in the report include:

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