Accident Claims can now reveal that the UK government has shelved it’s plans for personal injury reforms. The news, which could have seen the end of whiplash claims emerged as the Secretary of State’s message was emailed to members of the ABI
The original reform plans would have seen the personal injury small claims limit rise from 1k to 5k and the any rights to claim for soft tissue injuries removed.
Holly Paley, Accident Claims spokeswoman thinks the news is positive for personal injury claimants. “We think on the whole the decision to shelve reforms is more of a positive. Personally we thought that the proposed personal injury changes could have significantly hindered genuine claimants. Unfortunately in every industry there are always people who manipulate the system and I think we need to come up with better ways to highlight fraud rather than look at a blanket ban altogether. Genuine whiplash claims would have been affected by these reforms and people would have lost the ability to claim compensation for this”.
The MOJ have made it clear that the issue of reform is certainly not off the agenda. For the Ministry of Justice the number of whiplash claims are still too high and contribute to the rise in insurance premiums. We’re not convinced as numbers of whiplash claims have fallen dramatically over the last few years, premiums remain the same.
There still remains significant support for changes to personal injury legislation and it’s likely that something will be done at some stage. Mounting pressure on government officials and No10 Downing Street means at some point something has to give.
It’s important that any implemented changes are based on actually independent evidence and not on the basis of keeping the pockets of insurance companies lined.
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