Queen announces new bill to crack down on whiplash claims

Queen announces new bill to crack down on whiplash claims

21st June 2017

A bill aimed at tackling exaggerated or false whiplash claims – and the so-called ‘compensation culture’ – has been confirmed during the Queens’ speech to Parliament today, 21st June 2017.

The stated aims of the proposed Civil Liability Bill, which will apply to England and Wales, are to:

  • crack down on fraudulent whiplash claims and is expected to reduce motor insurance premiums by about £35 per year
  • ensure a fair, transparent and proportionate system of compensation is in place for damages paid to genuinely injured personal injury claimants
  • ensure full and fair compensation is paid to genuinely injured claimants

So-called ‘whiplash reforms’ have been on the cards for some time, so the announcement was not a surprise to the industry.

However, law firms and claimant-side lobbying groups quickly circled to criticise the bill: Access to Justice (A2J), the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS), the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), and First4Lawyers were joined by spokesmen for most major personal injury firms in vowing to fight the bill.

MASS described the bill as ‘unfair and fundamentally flawed’, while A2J said the proposals were ‘ill considered’ and ‘attacked the rights of ordinary people’.

The bill is expected to face resistance in Parliament, too – Labour’s shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon has already criticised the bill as a Conservative Party effort to offer assistance to ‘insurance industry friends’. He said the idea of compensation culture was a myth and that savings were never passed on to motorists.

Premier Medical provides thousands of medical reports as part of personal injury claims each year, and is a Tier One supplier on the MedCo soft tissue injury assessment portal.