It has been reported that the proposed Government plans to abolish minor whiplash claims altogether have been put on hold for the moment.
The insurance industry had been lobbying for this with promises to reduce insurance premiums, and the Government had intended to introduce the proposal to reduce fraudulent claims. It is to be hoped that there will now be a rethink over this proposal, which would take away genuine claims for people injured through no fault of their own, as a means to tackle a small minority of fraudulent claimants.
Whilst we all want to see a clampdown on fraud, a better way of tackling this might be more controls on claims management companies who continue to cold call consumers urging them to bring claims. Taking away the right of an injured person to obtain compensation would be a major change to a principle enshrined in English law for almost a century.