Weekly whiplash news review: 7 days ended 14 nov 2012:
In news that will surprise absolutely no one, the Association of British Insurers said that a new accident figure survey is ‘self-serving’ and ‘questionable.’
The ABI took issue with the report, which painted the insurance industry in the worst of lights and claimed insurers are largely responsible for the whiplash claims epidemic gripping the country. James Dalton, the motor and liability head for the Association, completely dismissed the report’s findings and pointed the finger at its authors, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, for trying to throw suspicion off of the personal injury compensation legal industry.
Karl Tonks, president of Apil, recently commented on the report’s findings by claiming that 4 out of every 10 whiplash injury sufferers in the last 12 months hadn’t even looked for compensation. This was a predictable play by Apil, according to Mr Dalton, who called the report conveniently leaves out how personal injury lawyers charge legal fees the ABI official called positibely ‘exorbitant.’
No one is surprised by Apil attempting to play down the role of the legal industry in the whiplash epidemic currently gripping the country, said Mr Dalton. Moreover, the ABI executive condemned the questionable tactics, self-serving research, and use of anecdotal evidence by the legal industry body, calling it positively ‘inconceivable’ that more than 10,000 individuals suffer whiplash every week, especially in light of how few crashes actually occur on UK roadways.
Mr Dalton did pause in his tirade to point out that there are those who are genuinely victimised by whiplash injury and who need to be helped and supported. He also conceded that whiplash claim fraud is a serious problem that needs to be stamped out, but the best way to do that is to stop ambulance chasing lawyers encouraging spurious claims, as they drive up premiums for honest drivers, adding that the government knows that this is the route to take in order to curb the practice.