Whichever party forms the next Government, pressure from insurance companies will lead to the removal of the right to “proper” compensation for whiplash injuries that many of us have suffered in car crashes that have not been our fault.
The changes will see compensation payments being slashed by up to 90%.
For example, if you suffer a whiplash injury that causes you pain for between 1 and 2 years a Judge today may award you between £3,000 and £6,000. Next year the proposed tariff scheme for the same injury would involve a payment of only £1,820!
On top of that the insurers won’t be made to pay the costs for a lawyer to help you in getting therapy, medical evidence and in listing your losses so that your claim can be maximised and settled quickly. Any legal costs would have to be deducted from your compensation.
As there is little that can be done to prevent the new rules on road traffic/whiplash claims from being introduced next year, we are keen for anyone who has been involved in an accident to get in touch for a free chat.
Act now to avoid receiving a lower compensation award that may not cover all your losses.
If you currently have a Solicitor acting on your behalf and are unhappy with them or would like a second opinion, please contact a member of our team to discuss your case.