Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
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RE: Scotsman article 'Disincentive needed now to discourage dishonest claims' 4 September

06 Sep 2017
APIL news

Sir,

 

Vikki Melville expresses concern about the supposed influx of fraudulent claims that are about to engulf Scotland (Disincentive needed now to discourage dishonest claims, 4 September). However, such prophecies have absolutely no basis in evidence.

 

The Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill does indeed introduce measures to protect people, who have been injured through no fault of their own, from having to pay the costs of bringing valid claims. These measures reflect the recommendations of an independent and detailed review by Sheriff Principal James Taylor, which were evidence based, and designed to improve access to justice for vulnerable people. There are already safeguards in the Bill to ensure fraudulent and other unmeritorious claims are excluded from these safeguards.

 

The aims of defenders and the insurance industry are clear - to distract attention from the scandal of inflated repair costs being paid by insurers, while high dividends continue to be paid to shareholders. If insurers are genuinely concerned about ‘fundamental dishonesty’, then perhaps a good starting point would be to investigate their own practices, rather than target overdue reforms designed to provide redress to vulnerable people.

 

Gordon Dalyell

Vice President

APIL

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The Times re: Tight leash on whiplash crash claims, 29 May, 02 Jun 2021
APIL calls for time limit on child abuse claims to be abolished , 11 Feb 2021
MoD shirking responsibility to pay compensation to injured veterans after six years, 28 Jul 2020
Regional newspapers: Being late is taken more seriously than being injured needlessly, 28 Jan 2020
The Scotsman re: Rachel Henry and Alistair Kinley: Fraudulent and dishonest claims getting off Scot-free, 16 Jan 2020
To The Scotsman re: Scotland set to become first choice to bring personal injury actions , 04 Nov 2019
Discount rate disparity in Northern Ireland must be addressed - Belfast Telegraph, 16 Jul 2019

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