Whiplash reforms treat victims ‘like an inconvenience’ – APIL
Claimant lawyers have mounted an all-out attack on the government’s plans to overhaul the personal injury sector as the deadline approaches for responses to a consultation. In a predictably hostile submission, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) said the proposals are based on a flawed premise, backed up by scant evidence and will do little to counter what fraud there is in the claims process. It is also doubtful of insurers’ pledges to pass on to consumers any savings they make. APIL states that the potential removal of general damages for all minor RTA soft tissue injury claims is unlawful, and a proposed £25 payment for psychological harm ‘derisory’. Even if damages were staggered on a tariff system, this would fail to take account of the impact on individual victims.