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Government washes its hands of injured people

20 Mar 2018
APIL news

Injured people will take the biggest hit to their rights in recent memory under the terms of the Civil Liability Bill, a leading lawyer said today (20 March).

 

“Any concept of fairness or compassion or help for genuinely injured people has been sacrificed in what the Government is now openly calling a ‘bill to cut car insurance premiums’,” said Brett Dixon, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

 

“People with catastrophic injury claims will almost certainly return to a situation where their compensation will not meet their needs, under changes to the way their claims are to be calculated.

 

“People with genuine and painful whiplash injuries will have their compensation restricted – just because they have had the temerity to have a ‘whiplash’ claim,” he went on.

 

“Meanwhile, the Government continues to pay lip service to the concept of 100 per cent compensation.

 

“All this is for a promise of reduced car insurance premiums, which we know will never stick in the long term. There has been a whole raft of reforms to personal injury over recent years, all with promises from the insurance industry that premiums will fall as a result. Well, guess what? Premiums have not fallen, and they will not fall this time either.

 

“Insurers have been happy to take compulsory car insurance premiums for years,” he went on. “Under these measures, they will now be excused from paying full compensation to people who have been injured through no fault of their own.

 

“The fact that the Government has been seduced by these empty promises shows a gullibility which is beyond belief.”

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Notes to editors:

  • APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) is a not-for-profit organisation whose members are dedicated to campaigning for improvements in the law to help people who are injured or become ill through no fault of their own.
  • For more information contact APIL's communications manager Jane Hartwell on t: 0115 943 5416, e: jane.hartwell@apil.org.uk, or press and communications officer Lizzy Freeman t: 0115 943 5431, e: lizzy.freeman@apil.org.uk.
  • Visit the association's website at www.apil.org.uk.
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Past press releases

Extra pressure on NHS if Civil Liability Bill goes ahead, 03 Sep 2018
Bereaved relatives deserve fairness, 31 Aug 2018
Cut whiplash injuries with the headrest test, 15 Aug 2018
Grieving parents of stillborn babies fight for answers, 22 Jun 2018
Lawyers call for outright ban on cold calling for personal injury in Scotland, 01 Jun 2018
APIL, FOIL and MASS join forces for mediation project, 29 May 2018
Grieving relatives cruelly ignored by justice system, 27 Apr 2018
Car insurance injury claims lowest this decade, 23 Apr 2018

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Head of Public Affairs
Lorraine Gwinnutt
0115 943 5400
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Jane Hartwell
0115 943 5416
jane.hartwell@apil.org.uk

Press & Communications Officer
Lizzy Freeman
0115 943 5431
lizzy.freeman@apil.org.uk