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Fall in whiplash cases suggests insurers are wrongly blaming premium rises on ‘claims culture’

RTA-car-claimsBy Becci Snow, Chartered Legal Executive at Hudgell Solicitors

Today’s newspapers have brought yet another warning from a major motor insurance company that premiums are set to rise again – with whiplash claims again being highlighted as a reason for drivers being hit in the pocket.

According to a report in the national Daily Mail, one of the UK’s biggest insurance companies, Esure, which owns Sheilas’ Wheels and has more than 1.4million UK motor insurance policies, has warned it will raise premiums in the coming months after seeing a surge in personal injury claims.

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11/08/2015 No Comments

Road traffic accidents remain cause for concern



By Jane Woodcock, Senior Legal Executive, Neil Hudgell Solicitors

August is a poignant month when it comes to road traffic accidents, hence its label as National Road Victim Month. The world’s first motor vehicle death occurred on 31st August 1869, whilst a horrific car crash in Paris claimed the life of Princess Diana on the same day 128 years later. Britain’s first road death also occurred in August 1896, with the coroner declaring “this must never happen again.”

Except we live in an age where road traffic accidents are now amongst the biggest causes of death in the UK, particularly in young people.

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14/08/2014 No Comments

Whiplash claims debate rages on



By Jane Woodcock, Senior Legal Executive, Neil Hudgell Solicitors

Whiplash injury claims seem to be a real bone of contention at the moment. Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer, has been particularly vocal on the topic, veering between demanding a reform of the claims system and calling for a ban on whiplash payouts altogether.

Amongst the company’s recommendations is the introduction of a new process whereby victims put their claims directly to the insurer of the driver who caused the crash. By cutting out the middlemen, Aviva expects that car insurance premiums will be cut by, on average, £60 per year – a real coup for motorists no?

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06/08/2014 No Comments

Aviva calls for ban on whiplash payouts



By Jane Woodcock, Senior Legal Executive, Neil Hudgell Solicitors

Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer, has sparked controversy of late, with a call to ban whiplash payments for motor injury victims, in an effort to combat the country’s burgeoning ‘compensation culture’.

The proposed revision is expected to save Aviva an estimated £900million, with the insurer only remunerating rehabilitative treatment for whiplash claimants, as opposed to paying out financial compensation.

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29/07/2014 No Comments

Whiplash is an epidemic, myth or fact?

The Government and insurers would have us believe (amongst other things)  that whiplash is an epidemic, with fraudulent claims costing society millions of pounds each year.

Hand in hand, they are seeking to effectively remove legal representation from many of  those who suffer from this often very painful condition as a result of an accident which was not their fault.

But what are the facts about whiplash ?

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) have carried out their own research, with some very interesting results.

Take a look.

The Whiplash Report 2012 – APIL

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18/01/2013 No Comments

Do we have the weakest necks in Europe?

Britain has more claims for whiplash than anywhere else in Europe, and the government is holding a summit today (2 May 2012) on how to tackle the problem.

The Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly  has told the BBC that over the last five years the number of road traffic accidents has fallen by 23%, but the number of claims has risen by 70%, with an average of 2.7 whiplash claims for every accident in the country.  He admitted that nobody knew how many of those claims are false.

It is claimed that whiplash claims add on average £90 a year to the cost of car insurance.

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02/05/2012 No Comments

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