Further to recent reforms reducing legal fees in road accident claims, the insurance industry is yet again trying to reduce their costs by removing compensation completely for whiplash claims. With over 25 years’ experience helping thousands of clients after a road accident; Freeclaim Solicitors are campaigning strongly to ensure whiplash victims get access to justice and the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
The Association of British Insurers is also trying to persuade the Government to raise the small claims limit – a move which the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) had already rejected last year. Again this would mean that genuinely injured people would be prevented or put off from making a claim.
James Dalton, Head of Motor and Liability for the Association of British Insurers commented, “There will always be a role for PI lawyers in complex, high-value claims – my question is whether there is a place for them at all in low-value factory-based claims. The MoJ made it clear last year there were good arguments for the claims limit to up to £5,000 – that will come up again sooner rather than later.”
Emma Greenhalgh, Head of the Road Accident Department at Freeclaim Solicitors commented, “We need to dispel the myth that there is a “whiplash epidemic” as is often represented by the insurance industry. In our experience, clients who have suffered whiplash injuries after a result of an accident that was not their fault have a genuine claim. We need to ensure that victims of road accidents are not discouraged from making a claim to compensate them for their injuries and losses.”
Government figures have shown that in fact whiplash claims are declining. The number of whiplash cases has decreased and in the year 2012/2013 there were less reported cases of whiplash than in any of the preceding 4 years.
Whiplash injuries are commonly caused by road accidents – particularly for drivers and passengers whose vehicle has been hit in a rear end shunt. However whiplash can also be caused during contact sports, during roller coaster rides or being hit by a falling object. Whiplash is a serious injury. It is usually caused by a sudden jerk of the head and causes shooting pains through the neck and shoulders, stiffness, dizziness and headaches. The NHS quoted a recent study that it takes an average of 32 days to recover from whiplash injuries; however 20% of whiplash victims still have ongoing symptoms up to a year later.
Whiplash Compensation Claims- How we can help
Freeclaim Solicitors have a track record of success helping clients claim compensation after a road accident. We are recommended by the Legal 500 as a leading personal injury firm.
If you have been injured after a road traffic accident and would like to make a whiplash claim, call our 24 hour helpline on 0800 612 7340 for no obligation advice. Alternatively you can fill in our online enquiry form and someone will call you back.