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Injury claims plans allow insurers to call the shots

13 Mar 2013
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Insurance companies are going to ‘do the best for themselves’ and pay less than the fair level of compensation to injured people in the small claims court, said APIL president Karl Tonks today.

“Insurers want to deal with claims on their own terms, that is why injured people must be represented,” he said.

“Government proposals to force claims through the small claims court will result in injured people on their own in court against a defendant insurer. That is simply not fair,” he went on.

Karl was responding to insurance industry proposals for handling whiplash claims.

“The real issue should be about getting the right level of compensation for genuinely injured people,” he said.

“We can all agree that there should be proper medical evidence in every case, but some insurers are still making offers of compensation without any medical evidence at all and this needs to stop.

“The vast majority of claimants have genuine injuries and these proposals will put off the genuine claimants and do nothing to stop the fraudsters”.


Notes to editors:

  • APIL's full response to the Government consultation Reducing the number and cost of whiplash claims, is on the APIL website. Visit:
  • 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 press and communications officers Jane Hartwell on t: 0115 943 5416, m: 07808 768623, e:, or Tim Carter t: 0115 943 5409, e:
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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

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