The NHS has been a conversation piece for many years now amid concerns that a lack of funding is starting to hit home. Despite the fact that government after government insist funding is “going up in real terms” there appear to be more challenges going forward. Read more
News relating to the personal injury industry.
Over the last few years the UK government has attacked the culture of personal injury claims with “whiplash” now designated as code for fraud in some circles. When Liz Truss, the Justice Secretary, recently announced a consultation about further reforming the sector there were initial cries of joy from the insurance sector and howls of concern from the legal profession. Read more
In a move which surprised many in the legal profession and the insurance industry the UK Ministry of Justice has confirmed that previously announced personal injury reforms have been (temporarily at least?) scrapped. These reforms were announced by George Osborne during his tenure as Chancellor of the Exchequer and while they provoked an array of differing comments they were on the whole seen as a positive move. Read more
According to recent research into the number of road accidents in the UK has cast a very interesting light on the personal injury market. Despite the fact that the number of road accidents has fallen by 40% during the last 15 years, the number of injury claims has increased by 89%. There are a number of reasons why claim figures have increased and there are a number of actions the authorities are taking to combat this. Read more
The government recently announced its proposal to raise the small claims limit for personal injury claims to £5,000. If this proposal goes ahead as planned, the increase from the current £1,000 is likely to have a major impact on the number of claims filed in the court by personal injury victims. Whiplash victims in particular will find it especially difficult to file a claim for compensation. Read more