Claims for Whiplash Injuries Still Possible….to April 2021.
As you may know the Government has effectively going to stop motorist obtaining legal advice to to make a claim for whiplash injury. The reforms have been put back again now until April 2021.
The Parliamentary website on whiplash injury claims provides:
‘I would like to provide an update on next steps for the Whiplash Reform Programme.
The Government remains firmly committed to implementing these measures which are intended to control the number and cost of whiplash claims. Under the Programme, we will increase the small claims track limit for road traffic accident related personal injury claims to £5,000; as well as introduce a fixed tariff of damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity for whiplash injuries, and a ban on the making or accepting of offers to settle a whiplash claim without a medical report.
The Government indicated on 27 February 2020 that after careful consideration it had decided to implement the whiplash reforms in August 2020. However, it is apparent that the current Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the medical, legal and insurance sectors. While the whiplash reform measures remain important, the Government is committed to acting to ease the disruption and pressures caused by the Covid-19 outbreak where it can.
As a result, the Government has considered representations from key stakeholder groups and agrees that now is not the time to press ahead with significant transformational change to the personal injury sector.
We have therefore decided to delay the implementation of the whiplash reform programme to April 2021. This will enable key sectors of this country’s business to focus their energies on delivering their response to Covid-19, and will allow the Government to focus on delivering key services in the justice area during this difficult time.
The Government will continue to monitor developments in relation to the current pandemic and will, if necessary, make further announcements in regard to the implementation of these important reforms.
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS190′
Further reading on Whiplash Injury Claims
For more information or to make a claim click on our main Whiplash Injury Claims page.
How much compensation for whiplash injury?
As whiplash injury compensation solicitors we are always asked the question, “how much compensation for whiplash?” This is a very fact specific question but we have provided the following links to our pages that set out whiplash compensation payouts guides. Please click on the following whiplash injury links for further information and guides to making a whiplash claim. For a quick assessment click on our injury calculator.