This Government has confirmed that plans to increase the small claims limit to £5,000 are definite; yet only for incidents relating to road traffic accidents.
The Ministry of Justice will be imposing a threshold of £2,000 for all other personal injury claims.
If you have a whiplash claim, move fast as the Ministry of Justice are pushing plans to cap whiplash compensation payments, as well as banning offers that don’t provide medical evidence.
This is set to be implemented around October 2018.
According to justice minister Sir Oliver Heald, he expects insurers to ‘fulfil their promise and put the money saved back in the pockets of the country’s drivers.’
He also thinks that millions of claimants are unfairly impacted through higher premiums.
What are the caps?
Damages will now be limited heavily depending on how long the injury remains, as well as time taken from work, calculated at £225 for up to 3 months; £450 for up to 6 months; and £765 for up to 9 months.
Compensation up to two years is to also be capped. Starting with a cap of £1,190 for up to 1 year; £1,820 for up to 15 months; and £2,660 for up to 2 years.
Other injuries sustained from road traffic accidents wont be subject to this reform, as the Government is focusing on protecting genuine whiplash claimants against those that aren’t.
Rupy Sandhu, a Solicitor at Claim Today Solicitors, said: “Whilst the Government has good intentions in reducing the amount of fraudulent claims being made, this new reform is deeply unfortunate for genuine clients claiming against whiplash. I would definitely encourage those who experience whiplash to still claim as they should not be denied the compensation they deserve.”
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