When did justice become ‘unnecessary’?

So with the ‘whiplash reforms’ looming, how did the Ministry of Justice go from this… to this…… The focus of reform has quietly shifted from tackling fraud to preventing unnecessary claims. In each case, the headline has been ‘to reduce your motor insurance premiums’. However, the distinction between a fraudulent or exaggerated claim and an unnecessary […]

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Ipswich father campaigns for fairer bereavement damages

My client tragically lost his son in a road traffic accident in Suffolk in 2014. He has been campaigning to improve the rules relating to bereavement damages in fatal accidents and a recent article in the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star can be viewed here: http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/ipswich-father-s-campaign-for-bereavement-law-change-after-son-lewis-jarrett-killed-in-road-crash-1-4948695 “As Lewis was over 18 and had no children […]

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The ‘simples’ injury claims process – no need for lawyers

The small claims limit for road traffic accident injury claims looks set to increase from £1,000 to £5,000 in 2018 or 2019. This simple guide will help injured drivers, cyclists and pedestrians with making their straightforward (and ‘unnecessary’ according to the government) claims: Complete and submit a Claim Notification Form to the driver’s insurer via the […]

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Why insurers can’t be trusted to pay fair injury compensation

Some commercial reasons: Insurance companies are profit-making organisations. Their interests lie in increasing profit by as much as possible in order to reward investors/shareholders and remunerate high-earning CEO’s and directors.  Paying out fair compensation and legal costs does not align with their goal to reduce expenditure and increase profits. Insurance premiums have increased by over […]

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£125,000 for road accident victim

My client was injured in a tragic accident on one of our rural Suffolk roads when another driver lost control of his car and caused a head on collision. My client suffered extensive injuries including a serious knee injury and other injuries to her chest, ankle and head. Following a detailed assessment and report from […]

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Insurer-led personal injury reforms certainly have been strong & stable

Let us compare the contradictions between the insurance industry’s position on the discount rate and on ‘whiplash’ reforms. The discount rate is the rate used to calculate future loss in personal injury cases. It was recently reduced significantly from 2.5% to -0.75%. The reduction will have the effect of substantially increasing the value of personal injury awards, especially where […]

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