The number of whiplash claims has fallen by almost 60,000 in the past year, according to the government’s own figures.A freedom of information request to the Department for Work and Pensions’ compensation recovery unit has revealed there were 488,281 whiplash claims in Great Britain in 2012/13. That compared with 547,405 in 2011/12, and was the lowest since 2008/09.
The figures were obtained by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and submitted as part of the group’s evidence to the House of Commons transport committee’s inquiry into whiplash.They attempt to answer the committee’s call for evidence to judge the government’s statement that the UK is the ‘whiplash capital of the world’.
Be proud and fight on, PI lawyers told
The incoming president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has told colleagues they have no choice but to fight on in the face of government-imposed reforms.Matthew Stockwell told the annual APIL conference at Celtic Manor near Newport yesterday that the claimant industry had failed to convince the Ministry of Justice of its case – but that should not mean the end of the PI sector.Car accident claims lawyers have been banned this year from paying referral fees for cases and will be subject to reduced or additional fixed fees in the coming weeks and months
Chancery Lane wants voice at whiplash inquiry
The Law Society has demanded that solicitors’ voices are heard when MPs come to hear evidence on whiplash, and car accident injury claims.The House of Commons transport select committee will invite witnesses to appear in parliament later this year having today closed the call for evidence.The committee wants to establish whether the government is correct in describing the UK as the ‘whiplash capital of the world’ and what proportion of claims are exaggerated or fabricated.
Fighting talk from PI firms despite Jackson
Surviving personal injury firms say they will emerge from bruising civil litigation reforms stronger than ever, despite gloomy forecasts for the sector.The Jackson reforms and this month’s 60% cut in fixed fees through the RTA Portal have forced many firms to make redundancies and reduce their staff count
Motor insurer partners with law firm as referral ban bites
The UK’s fourth biggest motor insurer has become the first to announce a partnership with a law firm in the aftermath of the ban on car accident claimreferral fees.Ageas UK has agreed a five-year partnership with Cardiff firm NewLaw to provide services for customers making non-fault personal injury claims after a motor accident.