Justice Secretary Chris Grayling wants his plan to reform the whiplash claims process to be implemented by April 2015.
Currently, whiplash claimants are able to support their case with medical evidence from a doctor of their own choosing. Under the new system, anyone making a claim will be allocated a medical professional at random under the government’s not-for-profit MedCo system. All doctors will be registered and accredited for the scheme by 2016.
Mr Grayling said he hoped MedCo would put an end to the practice of insurers offering settlements in whiplash cases before any medical evidence is presented to prove that the injuries are genuine.
However, personal injury solicitors have been quick to point out that not allowing people to select their own medical professional leaves them unable to build their case properly, as well as potentially infringing their human rights.
Some are also concerned that the plans could expand into other areas of personal injury law and put barriers in the way of victims trying to make an honest claim.
Helping those affected by whiplash
The issue of whiplash claims has often been keenly debated by politicians, solicitors and insurers, and each time there is a change in the law it is important to reassure those who are genuinely injured that they have nothing to fear about making a claim.
While its fitness for purpose remains to be seen, the MedCo system has been designed to catch out people seeking to make a fraudulent claim. That means that if you really are suffering from whiplash, this will be confirmed by your allocated medical expert and your claim will proceed as normal.
You can count on Croftons Solicitors to support you throughout the process. Our experienced team will assess the evidence and build your case, giving you all the practical guidance necessary. Call our experts on 0800 2800 094 to speak to us about your whiplash claim.