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The Sunday Times - Re: We have the weakest necks in Europe, says insurance boss (21 May 2017)

21 May 2017
APIL news

Sir,

Whiplash injury motor claims cost the insurance industry £536 million less in 2016 than in 2013, yet insurers continue to blame whiplash injuries for the high price of premiums. Inflated reports from insurers about the strength of British necks are based on the flimsiest of evidence. In reality, Government figures show that the number of claims has plummeted by 41 per cent since 2010.

The tiny minority of bogus claims must be stopped, of course, but genuinely injured honest people should not be caught in the crossfire.

Calls and texts about personal injury claims are exploitative, tasteless, and intrusive. Solicitors are already banned from making cold calls and sending nuisance text messages, and rightly so. But claims management companies are not banned from calling people to drum up business. It brings the whole sector into disrepute and generates the false and damaging perception that making a compensation claim is easy, even if there is no injury. A complete ban needs to be enforced.

Brett Dixon
President
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Past letters to the press

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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
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