Whiplash reforms could prove a pain in the neck for genuinely injured

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A leading claims company, Claims4Free, has said planned measures to crackdown on bogus whiplash claims could reduce “access to justice for those who are genuinely injured”.

A leading claims company has said planned measures to crackdown on bogus whiplash claims could reduce “access to justice for those who are genuinely injured”.

As ministers host a motor insurance summit in London today (Wednesday 2 May) in a bid to weed out fake claims, an executive from Claims4Free argued that genuine claimants could be the ones to suffer.

Sky News reported that the number of personal injury claims from motorists has soared by around 70 per cent over the past six years, prompting the Government crackdown.

The summit, chaired by Justine Greening, transport secretary, will unveil reforms aimed at eradicating bogus claims for whiplash, which have been pushing up insurance premiums in recent years. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said that last year these claims cost insurers more than £2 billion, adding an extra £90 a year to the average annual motor premium of £440.

Earlier this week, justice secretary Kenneth Clarke said it is “scandalous we have a system where it is cheaper for insurers to settle a spurious whiplash claim out of court than defend it, creating rocketing insurance premiums for honest drivers.

“Our reforms will put a stop to this. We will weed out fraudulent claims by tackling questionable medical evidence.”

However, in response, Claims4Free said that the new measures could deter motorists with legitimate injuries from claiming compensation.

John Quail, owner, said: “We feel that the latest measures from the Government are further reducing the access to justice for those who are genuinely injured. The reforms will create a culture whereby claimants are made to feel wrong when exercising their right to claim.”

For more information on personal injury claims, visit: http://www.claims4free.co.uk

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