Medical Panel for Whiplash Injury Claims to go ahead

The Ministry of Justice have announced that, as proposed a few months ago, work will shortly begin to create a specific medical panel to deal with whiplash personal injury claims.


United Kingdom – WEBWIRE – Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Government hope that this panel will help to decrease the number of whiplash claims put forward in the UK, and eliminate false claims for compensation.

The Ministry of Justice have announced that, as proposed a few months ago, work will shortly begin to create a specific medical panel to deal with whiplash personal injury claims. The Government proposed reforms in relation to whiplash claims back in October 2013.

These reforms included the setting up of a medical panel to individually assess whiplash claims, accurately diagnosing whiplash and eliminating fraudulent claims, and also increasing the small claims limit so that more people would have to represent themselves in whiplash cases, rather than using an independent expert solicitor.

This announcement of a medical panel being formed is the Governmentís first steps to introducing these reforms. It is thought the panel will be made up of professionals across many bodies including The Law Society and the British Medical Society, as well as expert solicitors and insurers. The Government hope that this panel will help to decrease the number of whiplash claims put forward in the UK, and eliminate false claims for compensation.

Once this panel is introduced, medical reports in relation to whiplash claims will be required from accredited medical experts, with specific knowledge in whiplash injuries. Ensuring that all claims are fully assessed by medical professionals would also stop insurers making pre medical offers in order to settle claims quickly, and would ensure that all cases are assessed fully.

Freeclaim Personal Injury Solicitors believe that in setting up the medical panel, the Ministry of Justice need to ensure that all claims will be assessed on an individual basis, and that each accident circumstance and injuries will be treated separately. Standardised reporting for these types of claims should not be introduced. The Government reforms should help genuinely injured people to claim compensation for whiplash injuries, rather than deter people from making a legitimate claim.

Freeclaim Solicitors are experts in road traffic accident claims. They understand the process of claiming compensation for whiplash injuries following a car accident, and the discomfort and difficulties felt by people with these injuries. They have also successfully fought to recover compensation for clients who have sustained soft tissue injuries in low speed rear end shunts, despite the Defendantís insurers trying to allege that a slight impact could not cause such injuries. For more information call Freeclaim Solicitors 24 hours a day on 0800 612 7340 or visit their website- http://www.freeclaim.co.uk


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