In recent years, the general liability market has consistently underperformed, resulting in heightened underwriting losses and subsequent rate increases.
As worsening social inflation concerns, surging medical expenses and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continue to contribute to a rise in liability claim frequency and severity, the market has preceded to harden. Due to these market conditions, we predict that most policyholders will encounter another year of rate increases across their liability lines in 2021. Many insureds may also experience lowered capacity and further underwriting scrutiny during the renewal process. Policyholders who operate in sectors with elevated general liability exposures may be more prone to double-digit rate increases and experience difficulties securing higher coverage limits.