While presenting a generally rosy forecast of underwritingprofitability for the property-casualty industry, the president ofthe Insurance Information Institute said he has growing concernsabout the workers' compensation line.

Speaking here at a meeting of the Casualty Actuaries of GreaterNew York, Robert P. Hartwig suggested that if recent occupationaldisease studies have merit, the trends they reveal could impactinsurer results going forward.

"I am concerned about latent disease," he said, referring tocancers or lung disorders developing in workers many years afterthey complete their jobs.

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