25th November 2015
Responding to the announcement today in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement that the Government will embark on new motor accident claims reforms, Sue Brown, Chair of MASS, said:
“A substantial increase in the Small Claims Limit and the removal of the right to claim general damages for low value whiplash will have a hugely detrimental impact on the ability of accident victims to seek redress and justice.
It cannot be right to deal with the purported compensation culture by removing the right to claim compensation from those who suffer injury as a result of negligent driving, in order that the insurers for the negligent driver can save money.
The NHS and the benefits system will be left to pick up the bills that are currently met by the insurers for the at-fault driver.
Denying genuine victims’ access to independent legal advice at the cost of increasing the profitability of insurance firms, who have a very poor record of passing on any savings, is scandalous and blatantly unfair.
Only insurers are celebrating today, certainly not proponents of fairness or justice or the most important person in all of this, the accident victim”.