The government's whiplash reforms discriminate against legitimate claimants, whose rights need to be protected, argues Simon Stanfield, chair of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society.
Whiplash reforms should be delayed still further if testing proves the system is inaccessible for people unable to access the internet, MPs have warned.
LLegislators have revealed proposals for an updated whiplash definition and damages tariff, prompting fresh debate across the industry.
Insurers welcome the whiplash compensation reform introduced in the Civil Liability Bill, while personal injury lawyers warn against its unintended consequences.
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The delay in whiplash reform should not be wasted, says Simon Stanfield, chair of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society, urging all parties to grasp the opportunity.
Simon Stanfield was elected chair of the Motor Accident Solicitors’ Society the day before the Ministry of Justice published its consultation paper on whiplash reform.
The insurance industry has praised the final report of the Insurance Fraud Taskforce with the mantle now passed to government to work on implementing the suggested reforms.
Insurers and lawyers must work together to tackle bad behaviour from claims management companies.
Insurers have dismissed accusations that pre-medical offers are the main driver of erroneous whiplash claims and have instead criticised low quality medical reports while pointing the finger of blame at the claims management sector.
The perception of whiplash as “easy money” is the fault of certain insurers making pre-medical offers, according to the chair of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society, who has questioned the extent to which claims management companies are fuelling fraud.
Insurers have welcomed calls by the president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers for greater collaboration, but have roundly rejected his argument that whiplash claims are on a downward trajectory.
Six years after the Autofocus fraud scandal, Accident Exchange is to write an open letter to defendant law firms and insurance companies it believes are engaged in dishonest car hire rate evidence activity.
The insurance fraud task force has set up a working party to examine where issues arise in the personal injury claims process.
Insurers have teamed up with claimant solicitors to offer a service aimed at preventing fraudulent claims entering the compensation process.
Insurers have backed Aviva's proposals to reduce the volume and cost of whiplash claims against a backdrop of criticism around the effectiveness of the government's civil justice reforms and aggressive tactics by third parties.
The new chair of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society has dismissed the notion of a compensation culture in the UK urging members of the organisation to fight to preserve the current system.
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