Proposal to reform soft tissue injury claims process for accident victims

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Commenting on the proposal, Oliver Jeffcott, solicitor at BL Claims, said: "The proposal to reform the soft tissue injury process is another example of the government riding roughshod over the rights of injured people.

They are proposing to pass some of the savings on to motorists (in the form of reduced insurance premiums) but no mind is given to the effect on pedestrians, children and cyclists who are likely to have compensation removed or reduced if they suffer soft tissue injuries. They will be unable to rely on solicitors representing them where their injuries are worth less than £5,000 (which could be a nasty injury – such as a fractured collar bone) as many will have vacated the market. Claimants will then be expected to bring cases themselves or via claims management companies who do not have the expertise to do so. This is likely to lead to significant access to justice issues for many injured people.

To add insult to injury, the government is not proposing to pass on all the savings to consumers – they estimate that £80million will end up in the pockets of insurance companies. Personal injury is also likely to become the 'new PPI' with claim management companies entering the market in droves with aggressive telemarketing campaigns encouraging people to make a claim."

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