A new organisation to improve the rehabilitation of injured people will be launched tomorrow (Friday).

The Bodily Injury Claims Management Association (BICMA) is backed by professional bodies. Tomorrow it will hold its first ever conference at the Chartered Insurance Institute.

President Nick Cottington said: "Anyone who's been injured wants to lead as normal a life as possible as quickly as possible." He claimed the UK's record for rehabilitating injured people was "unacceptably poor", with insurers and lawyers best placed to make a difference.

Research last year showed that while 14% of paraplegics in the UK eventually return to work, that figure is much higher in the US (32%) and Scandanavia (32%).