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Reforming the soft tissue injury (whiplash) claims process
  • Mar 31, 2022
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On 31 May 2021 the Government implemented the legislative reforms making up the ‘whiplash reform programme’. Full details of these measures were included in Part 1 of the Governments response to the ‘Reforming the Soft Tissue Injury (‘whiplash’) Claims Process’ consultation Paper published on 23 February 2017. Following the implementation of these measures the Government is now able to publish Part 2 of its response to this consultation and this second paper sets out:
a summary and analysis of the submissions received to the questions and ‘call for evidence’ included in parts 6 and 7 of the consultation paper
information on the next steps in relation to the topics covered in this document.

This concludes the government’s response to this consultation.
18 April 2019

As part of its whiplash reform programme, the government is making changes via the Civil Procedure Rules to increase the small claims track limit for road traffic accident (RTA) related personal injury claims to £5,000.

To support this change, a new IT Platform is being designed to enable unrepresented litigants to progress their own claim irrespective of whether they have legal representation. Decisions are required on a number of issues relating to how unrepresented claimants will in future obtain a medical report. The government is therefore conducting a short, focused consultation to seek views on a revised medical reporting process for unrepresented claimants. In summary, we are seeking views on:
Expanding MedCo’s remit to cover initial medical reports for all RTA related personal injury claims under £5,000
Whether to widen the type of medical expert who can be registered on the MedCo system
Whether to extend the existing fixed cost medical report regime for medical reports
The procedure for unrepresented claimants to obtain medical evidence

Respond to the consultation: Future Provision of Medical Reports in Road Traffic Accident related personal injury claims
23 February 2017

The Ministry of Justice has published part one of its response to the ‘Reforming the soft tissue injury (‘whiplash’) claims process’ consultation which closed on 6 January 2017. Ministers have considered and made a number of policy decisions, including:
the introduction of a tariff of fixed compensation for pain, suffering and loss of amenity for claims with an injury duration of between 0 and 24 months;
providing the judiciary with the facility to both decrease the amount awarded under the tariff in cases where there may be contributory negligence or to increase the award (with increases capped at no more than 20%) in exceptional circumstances;
introducing a ban on both the offering and requesting of offers to settle claims without medical evidence;
increasing the small claims limit for RTA related personal injury claims to £5,000; and
increasing the small claims limit for all other types of personal injury claim to £2,000.

Measures 1 to 3 above will be introduced through provisions in the Prisons and Courts Bill. Measures 4 and 5 will be introduced through secondary legislative procedures. The government intends to implement these reforms as a package.

Part 2 of the government response will be published in due course.