The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has revealed plans for independent medical panels to assess the validity of whiplash claims, and hopes to introduce this new system sometime in the autumn.
It is hoped the move will discourage those seeking to claim whiplash compensation fraudulently, while justice secretary Chris Grayling is also hoping to reduce the number of insurance companies offering settlements to motorists without reviewing any medical evidence.
These panels were first mooted during last year’s consultation on reducing the number and cost of whiplash claims, and further talks will see them used on claims below £5,000.
Once the system is in place, only medical reports from these panels will be admissible as evidence in whiplash cases. A form is reportedly being created that will be made available for claimants, insurers and the courts.
Grayling encourages insurers and solicitors to share
In addition to the medical panels, Mr Grayling also hopes that bogus claims can be discouraged and identified by cooperation between insurers and solicitors.
He hopes that insurers who are suspicious of a claimant will share their concerns with the person’s solicitor, while equally legal firms will have an increased responsibility to ascertain whether a claim is genuine or not.
Many solicitors have welcomed the new system, but concerns remain about who exactly will sit on these medical panels. This may become clearer after further consultation and research that will take place before any new scheme is rolled out.
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