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House of Commons Transport Select Committee - Driving premiums down: fraud and the cost of motor insurance

04 Jul 2014
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House of Commons Transport Select Committee - Driving premiums down: fraud and the cost of motor insurance

Response from John Spencer, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL):

“The Government should listen to the committee?s warning about avoiding hasty legislation to dismiss claims for „fundamental dishonesty?. Despite the fact that it is a complex area of law, it was introduced in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill at such a late stage in the House of Commons it had no scrutiny there at all.

Blanket dismissal of such cases will have damaging consequences for injured people with legitimate claims for compensation. While the definition of „fundamental dishonesty? remains unclear, injured people may find themselves spuriously accused of fraud by unscrupulous insurers. Embarking on a legal case can be daunting enough for injured people, but the threat of being falsely accused of overstating their suffering could lead people with genuine claims to underplay their symptoms or fail to bring cases at all.”

Past statements and comments

Department of Justice to set the personal injury discount rate in Northern Ireland at -1.75 per cent, 26 Mar 2021
Whiplash reforms delayed from April 2021 to May 2021, 11 Jan 2021
APIL statement following ministerial announcement to delay whiplash reforms until April 2021, 21 Apr 2020
Reactionary statement following inflationary increase to bereavement damages, 20 Mar 2020
Implementation of the whiplash reform programme, 27 Feb 2020
Response to Scottish personal injury discount rate announcement, 30 Sep 2019
Government responds to MedCo consultation - APIL statement, 05 Sep 2019
Lord Chancellor announces discount rate change – APIL response, 15 Jul 2019

More past statements

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