NEW YORK--While presenting a generally rosy forecast ofunderwriting profitability for the property-casualty industry, thepresident of the Insurance Information Institute said he hasgrowing concerns about the workers' compensation line.

Speaking at a meeting of the Casualty Actuaries of Greater NewYork here on Thursday, Robert P. Hartwig, president of NewYork-based I.I.I., suggested that if recent occupational diseasestudies have merit, the trends they reveal could impact insurerresults going forward.

"I am concerned about latent disease," Mr. Hartwig said,referring to cancers or lung disorders developing in workers manyyears after they complete their jobs.

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