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Whiplash backlash

Improvements to processes are welcome, but reducing access to justice for accident victims is unacceptable, says Donna Scully

16 April 2012

The recent Number 10 insurance summit put the spotlight on RTA PI, and some of the government’s ideas for reducing the number and cost of whiplash claims highlight the risk of making policy without all of the facts. The government is right to be concerned about the significant level of fraud in the whiplash claims system and we agree that the system would benefit from an increased role for medical examinations, as well as a drive to bring down the number of accidents on our roads. But we are concerned that the government has bought into the myth that whiplash is not a real injury.

Whiplash is real and it damages lives. We all need to work together and look at the problem holistically before we decide what the solution is. Serious injuries can occur in low-speed collisions, so imposing an arbitrary accident speed would be futile. Radically reducing legal fees,as the government is considering, wil...

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