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.