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.

Source: www.abi.org.uk


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