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APPEAL OF LANDMARK RULING IN DYSLEXIA CASE CONSIDERED

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A court ruling against a local education authority for failing to identify a young women's dyslexia, could open the...
A court ruling against a local education authority for failing to identify a young women's dyslexia, could open the floodgates for many similar claims argue Zurich Municipal, claims handlers for the insurers MMI.

Zurich Municipal are concerned about the implications for local government of the£45,000 awarded against the LEA. Zurich Municipal are concerned that a huge influx in similar claims could have a significant financial impact on LEAs, as many which self insure will have to meet the cost from their own budgets. MMI are considering lodging an appeal against the decision

The case demonstrates the long term nature of liability issues in the public sector. This action illustrates the 'long tail' of some claims which local authorities have to face, as the recent trial focused on events which happened some eleven years previously in 1985.

David Forster from Zurich Municipal said:

'This is a matter of great concern both to Zurich Municipal and to LEAs as a rise in the number of claims is very probable which could cost LEAs millions of pounds. We take the view that a robust defence of this case is in the best long term interests of local government. It is always Zurich Municipal's position to fight the corner of local authorities.'
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