The Government’s PlansOn 17 November, the Ministry of Justice published a paper entitled Reforming The Soft Tissue Injury (“whiplash”) Claims Process. This paper outlines a number of proposals including the suggestion that whiplash claims could be banned or a limit placed on pay-outs of £425, compared to the current compensation average amount of £1,850. Presented as being about motor insurance premiums, with insurance companies promising to pass on savings of around £40 to motorists if this law change is enforced, these proposals will impact on compensation claims for those injured at work and not only those who are the victims of road traffic accidents.
Proposals By The GovernmentThe Government intends to:
- Increase the small claims limit for personal injury claims to £5,000, from its current level of £1,000
- Stop or cut the compensation payments for whiplash and similar minor soft tissue injuries, following road traffic accidents, capping it at £425
- Introduce a tariff system for compensation, for injuries more serious than whiplash
- Insist on medical reports from an accredited expert being seen before any compensation can be paid