The three year limitation period to bring a whiplash claim to will not be slashed, Justice Minister Helen Grant told Parliament.
During a debate in the House of Commons on 7th July Mrs Grant said: “We have no plans to change the law on limitation, the Government are absolutely committed to tackling fraudulent whiplash claims, while also ensuring that those with genuine neck injuries receive the compensation that they need and deserve. Making the system fairer for defendants does not, of course, compromise access to justice for claimants, and we will seek to restore balance to the civil justice system.”
Questions had been raised about the limitation period for whiplash after the Lloyds Market Association proposed the time limit be cut to six months.
Helen Jones, Labour MP for Warrington North questioned the Government’s issues with whiplash and accused them of being on the side of “big battalions” as opposed to the consumer.
Should not the Government be targeting some of the practices of the insurance industry, such as cold-calling victims
Mrs Jones said: “Rather than being obsessed with this issue, should not the Government be targeting some of the practices of the insurance industry, such as cold-calling victims or referring them to its in-house lawyers in the hope of settling claims cheaply?”
The Justice Minister announced during the session that the Government will await the transport select committee’s whiplash report before publishing its response to the whiplash consultation, where it was controversially proposed the small claims limit be raised to £5,000.
Bott and Co’s Managing Partner, Paul Hinchliffe said: “It is good to see the Government for once standing up to insurers, and protecting the needs of accident victims. Helen Jones makes an excellent point that it’s about time the Government stopped obsessing over whiplash and stood up for claimants by investigating insurers’ practices.”