MPs Warn Personal Injury Reforms Will Penalise Innocent Claimants
The government’s impending plans to reform personal injury claims have received criticism from a number of MPs. The changes were announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement and include proposals to;
An Attack on ‘Compensation Culture’ or Access to Justice?
The government claims that these reforms will crack down on a ‘compensation culture’
, yet solicitors and MPs alike have been quick to point out the risks this could pose for access to justice.
A recent Parliamentary Questions session brought to light concerns from a number of MPs as they took on Ministry of Justice minister Dominic Raab. Yvonne Fovargue, Labour MP for Makerfield, said;“There still appears to be no independent verification of the fraud culture and pandemic of claims citied as the reason to raise the small claims limit for personal injury. In fact, not one motor insurer even mentioned fraud as a material risk when reporting their annual returns to the stock market. What independent evidence does the Minister have of a fraud culture?”
Mr Raab was unable to answer this question, commenting instead that they “will save the insurance industry £1 billion annually.”
Conservative MP David Nuttall raised the important point that the courts are already entitled to throw out fraudulent claims and said; “the innocent majority of genuine claimants (would) be penalised because of the potentially criminal behaviour of a few.”
Injured Victims to Miss Out on Compensation
Anna Maria Thompson, a Personal Injury specialist
based at Simpson Millar’s Manchester office comments:“It’s clear that these reforms put the interests of insurers and lowering costs at the forefront rather than ensuring justice for injured individuals. If they go ahead innocent victims will miss out on the help and support they would otherwise be entitled to.”“It’s excellent to see that MPs are sharing the same concerns as solicitors and are recognising the harmful impact these changes could have for their constituents.”
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