Whiplash Claims are Down

Whiplash Claims are Down

The total of whiplash claims has fallen by 11% following the changes to personal injury announced on April 1st this year.

The Work and Pensions compensation recovery unit who collect claim data from insurers have reported that there were 488281whiplash claims in the year up to March 31st. This was 59124 less than last year.

The APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the figures; using it as evidence that whiplash had been unfairly targeted.

Deputy Head of the Michael Lewin Solicitors RTA department Rob Crompton said.

“The findings that have been released following APIL’s freedom of information request appear to be in complete contrast to the speculative suggestions made by the insurance industry for some time now.”

He thinks that the people most affected by the changes are the clients.

“It would appear wholly unfair to innocent personal injury victims that they are to suffer at the hands of the Government decisions that have been fuelled in part by unsupported submissions made by the insurers. With the proposed changes that the insurance industry has lobbied for being made it will become more and more difficult for the genuine Claimant to obtain quality legal representation at a reasonable price.”

The personal injury industry has faced a lot of changes this year with more to come all in the aid of trying to tackle the fraudulent element of the industry.

Here at Oakwood it has been all change with part of the team relocating to the Devonshire offices to take on the world of Employment and Clinical Negligence law we’ve lost some faces and got to know some new ones.

The Road Traffic Accident team have flourished with new editions Katherine Law Mariette Marren Zoey Panesar Janine Ingham Julie Illingworth Fiona Siddall and Nicola Williams joining the team.

For Katherine Mariette Zoey and Fiona this is their first law position after completing their LPC and they are getting their teeth stuck in.

Janine and Julie have 20 years experience between them and are a great addition to Oakwood.

Katie Bell who has been working in the Harrogate Road office since November 2010 also moved across to us in March this year to finish off her training contract to become a Solicitor. Katie trained as a Barrister but couldn’t receive a pupilage so therefore cross qualified to become a solicitor.

Due to the volume of claims Michael Lewin Solicitors receive we have set up a new claims team who are the client’s first point of call.

Jenni Redmore Emilie Miller Shameem Bahar Bridie Tennant and Suzie Thistleton deal with the prospective clients enquiries. The claims team deal mainly with RTA and are increasingly getting more CICA (Criminal injuries compensation claims). Our department are currently looking to drum up more CICA business as we believe there are a large number of claims not being reported simply because people just don’t know that they can claim or where they can claim.

To combat this we are focusing on CICA have produced leaflets and will be starting a marketing campaign to target this area.

Going into 2013 we are researching different areas of law to expand our business into and give our prospective clients somewhere new to turn if they need to claim in areas other than RTA and CICA.

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