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ABI demands medical checks for whiplash claims

The ABI wants whiplash injuries to be checked by an accredited medical expert. Recent figures from the Ministry of Justice’s December consultation paper said that 70% of UK road accident personal injury claims are for whiplash. This compares to 47% in Germany, 32% in Spain and 3% in France.

 

The ABI is proposing the following:

 

- Medical assessment of whiplash claims would be carried out by an accredited medical expert

 

- The Small Claims Track Threshold would rise from £1,000 to £5,000 for all road traffic personal injury claims

 

- There would be a laid down prescribed level of damage awards for whiplash, at a level set independently

 

- Any claimant whose whiplash claim is in part exaggerated or made up should automatically have their entire claim dismissed.

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MASS: Government has "reasoned approach" to whiplash

MASS: Government has "reasoned approach" to whiplash | injury thru caR ACCIDENT | Scoop.it

The government’s “reasoned approach” to whiplash reform is encouraging, the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) has said.

The society's comments come after the Ministry of Justice announced that its response to the whiplash consultation will be delayed until after the Transport Select Committee inquiry on whiplash has concluded, and to assess the full impact of the LASPO reforms on the motor insurance industry before making further changes to the system.

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I AGREE TO THE REFORM AS A FEW PEOPLE OVER PAST FEW YEARS HAVE BEEN DEFRAUDING THE INSURANCE COMPANIES IF PEOPLE HAVE WHIPLASH GET THEM ASSESSD BY AN INEPENDANT CHIROPRACTOR AND THEY CAN MAKE A TRUEFUL REPORT TO THE RELEVANT PEOPLE.

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MASS asks for "ill-thought" small claims limit proposal to be reconsidered

MASS asks for "ill-thought" small claims limit proposal to be reconsidered | injury thru caR ACCIDENT | Scoop.it

Responding to the Transport Select Committee's whiplash inquiry, the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) has warned raising the small claims limit from £1k to £5k would mean genuine accident victims will have to face the insurers' defendant lawyers alone, as they would struggle to find legal representation.

 

MASS Chair, Craig Budsworth, said: "We have asked the Committee to pay particular attention to the ill-thought through proposal to increase the small claims limit which we believe will be deeply damaging".

 

MASS states that the types of injuries which could fall under the proposed £5k limit include collapsed lungs, minor brain or head injuries, and significant hip/pelvis injuries.

 

See the MASS statement here: http://mass.org.uk/images/pdf/tscwhiplash-apr13.pdf

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