Is there really a whiplash injury epidemic in this country?
The ‘Whiplash Report 2012’ was commissioned by the government to investigate the growing number of whiplash compensation claims made in the UK, that reportedly were increasing the average motor insurance premium by £90 a year. What did the report conclude and what action is to be taken as a result of these findings?
Although whiplash symptoms are not always apparent straight away, they have the potential to cause severe pain and discomfort to genuine sufferers, but are we really in the middle of a ‘whiplash epidemic?’ The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers Whiplash Report 2012 was the result of an independent survey of over 4000 people between June and August 2012. Amongst the findings were:
- “80% of sufferers either report their symptoms accurately, or underplay their symptoms”
- Almost 90% of sufferers are diagnosed by a medical professional
- Whiplash claims fell by around 24,000 in the 12 months leading up to the survey
A spokesperson from leading advice and compensation provider, Accident Advice Helpline, welcomed the government plan to improve the diagnosis of whiplash symptoms, which is to be introduced as a result of the report,
“The introduction of an independent medical panel will help to reduce the number of fraudulent neck injury claims. We hope that the report calms peoples’ fears that we are in the grip of a ‘whiplash epidemic’ and continue to encourage victims to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident, if they suspect that they might have a whiplash injury.”
Accident Advice Helpline support people in making a wide variety of successful claims including neck injury claims, and their cases are processed on a no win, no fee* basis. A free helpline is available 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: February 12, 2013
Author: David Brown