August 2014 Archive

Personal injury solicitors blamed for rise in medical negligence claims

The NHS Litigation Authority’s (NHSLA) recent annual report’s statistics relating to the rising number and cost of medical negligence claims have made alarming headlines - roughly translated as ‘medical negligence claims up by 18% - personal injury solicitors to blame!’. As with most stories, the reality is rather less straightforward; yes, the number of medical negligence claims are up by 18% from 2012/13 – but numbers of claims have been steadily increasing, year on year, for the past 10 years. As for personal injury solicitors shouldering the blame – again the reality is not quite so black and white.

Aviva proposes removal of compensation for whiplash injuries

Aviva, the insurance company, has certainly ruffled a few feathers with the publication of its recent report ‘Road to Reform: Tackling the UK’s Compensation Culture’ which proposes replacing compensation for minor injuries (the focus being primarily on whiplash) sustained in road accidents with payment for medical treatment. In addition the recommendations include restricting the involvement of personal injury lawyers in settling claims by raising the threshold at which they can act for claimants from £1000 to £5000; and banning referral fees for vehicle recovery, repairs and car hire.
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