The Ministry of Justice have now announced that they will begin setting up approved medical panels to assess whiplash claims. The steps are one of the government’s main attempts to look to try and reduce the number of whiplash claims.
The aim is for such medical panels to be used for all claims worth below £5,000.00, by July 2014.
It seems likely that only medical reports from these approved experts will be able to be used as evidence in whiplash claims and that a particular standard form will have to be used.
James Braund, specialist personal injury solicitor at Trethowans LLP, stated that “any steps to cut out exaggerated or fraudulent claims should of course be welcomed. However it does remain to be seen whether such accreditation will really be able to stop such fraudulent claims being pursued”.