The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is proposing that people bringing whiplash claims or their solicitors should have to sign a written statement of truth and be prosecuted for fraud if they breach it.
This forms part of a 10-point plan by the APIL in response to parliamentary criticism of whiplash claims.
They also want insurers banned for making compensation offers to road traffic accident victims before a medical report has been seen. Plus they also want to see free exchanges of information between the RTA Portal and the Insurance Fraud Bureau.
Swain & Co.’s personal injury lawyers, who have membership to APIL, support the proposals and the collective aim to get all sides tacking fraud in whiplash claims together.
The government and press have been actively bashing whiplash claims and branding the UK as having a whiplash epidemic. However, recent government figures have shown that whiplash claims fell by almost 24,000 in the last 12 months.
APIL’s own research said that 80% of whiplash sufferers currently report their injuries accurately or underplay them.
Yes there is fraud in a system where it is easy to manipulate. But, in many more cases, there are true victims in road traffic accidents and whiplash can be debilitating.
These people need to be protected and supported, not tarred with the same brush as fraudsters because they dare to seek compensation for injuries that were not their fault.
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, don’t be afraid to speak out.
We can help you get the compensation needed to put you back in the position you were before the accident. This can include recovering awards for pain and suffering, loss of earnings and recouping costs for treatment etc.
We offer you free initial advice and can act on a no win no fee basis.
So call us for free on 0800 0351 999