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The government is hoping to weed out bogus personal injury claims arising out of motor accidents (30 April 2012)

Date: 30/04/2012
Duncan Lewis, Legal News Solicitors, The government is hoping to weed out bogus personal injury claims arising out of motor accidents

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, and transport secretary Justine Greening would outline a tougher accreditation system for doctors who assess whiplash claims. They hope to weed out crash for cash scams.
With the fear that Britain has become the whiplash capital of Europe the measures are seen as tackling and catching fraudsters.
Personal injury claims from traffic incidents have seen a rise of 70 per cent during the past six years though number of casualties have seen a decline of almost a quarter over the same period.
Insurers say the trend is due to the growing use of no-win no-fee lawyers, with injury claims costing the insurance industry £2 billion last year.
The new government strategy will also include tougher regulations on reaching out-of-court settlements with insurers.
Mr Clarke told the Sunday Times it was disgraceful that the system let the insurers settle a spurious whiplash case out of court rather than defending it, creating rocketing insurance premiums for honest drivers.
Car insurance premiums could fall by up to £90, after the Government and companies pledged to stop “vexatious” whiplash claims that drive up the cost of policies.
Insurance companies have promised to help bring down premiums, after David Cameron, the Prime Minister, summoned them to a summit to explain why families are being hit with bigger bills.
The Government was considering bringing in a minimum speed limit to make the cut for drivers claiming for whiplash injuries.
It will also put a limit of £1,200 on the fee that lawyers can earn from small value personal injury claims to deter speculative cases being brought.
In return, the Prime Minister secured a pledge from insurance companies that they will pass on savings to consumers if the number of whiplash claims from consumers falls. This will cut insurance premiums compared to how high they would have otherwise been.
Estimates from the Association of British Insurers suggest whiplash claims have pushed up the cost of car insurance by around £90.
There are almost 1,500 claims for whiplash per day in Britain. People are increasingly trying to claim compensation for injuries that are virtually impossible to prove following minor bumps.
However, lawyers last night claimed that Mr Cameron was giving the insurance companies an easy ride.

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