Small claims limit raised to �5,000 in Grayling whiplash plan | The Law Gazette: Justice secretary Chris Grayling will today unveil his long-expected blueprint for bringing down the number of whiplash claims.
In a four-month consultation to be launched this morning, Grayling (pictured) will outline proposals for independent medical panels to diagnose whiplash injuries and raise the small-claims track threshold from �1,000 to �5,000.
The consultation paper acknowledges the argument that changes will harm access to justice and could mean victims with justified claims would either not challenge unreasonable offers by insurers or fail to claim proper damages for their injuries.
But the Ministry of Justice insists the reforms will make it less likely that fraudulent or exaggerated claims will be made, and if they are then they can be properly tested. Grayling said: ‘For too long honest drivers have been bearing the price of a system that has been open to abuse and it is time for that to change.
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