General Insurance Article - ABI responds to announcement on fixed fees for whiplash


 Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced that from October new fixed costs will apply to all medical reports produced in support of a whiplash claim.

 James DaltonResponding to the announcement, James Dalton, Head of Motor and Liability, at the ABI said:

 "This is welcome news. The cost to honest motorists of exaggerated and fraudulent whiplash claims still remains too high so any move to reduce the “have a go compensation culture” is supported by insurers.

 "We look forward to working with the Government and others to develop a more robust framework, with independent, accredited and peer-reviewed medical experts. This is absolutely fundamental to cleaning up the personal injury sector as it simply can’t be right a medical expert is paid by a lawyer who has a financial interest in the clinical finding.”

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