Fraudulent whiplash accident claims in the UK: Solicitors warn against a backlash
There has been a massive rise in the number of claims of whiplash injuries from car accidents but the majority of claims are legitimate whiplash accident claims UK based solicitors are warning of a backlash due to a few fraudulent claims. To fully understand the ramifications there needs to be some understanding of the problem.
There have been claims that unscrupulous solicitors have been encouraging car crash victims to over egg whiplash injuries and claim very large compensation claims that are not in line with the injury received. These claims have been levied by some banks; that will remain nameless for the purpose of our article. Whiplash injuries are very real and most people involved in car accidents do have some sort of whiplash injury so where is the problem? Well the size of the claims in proportion to the injury received have been disproportionate.
The upshot is there is once again cause for concern that innocent victims who have received injuries through no fault of their own could come under unnecessary scrutiny and may receive nothing because of a few unscrupulous firms making a quick buck. This perhaps affirms why it is important to only deal with reputable companies in these very serious matters. Accident Advice Helpline only partners with companies of the highest reputation. Esther Ranzen their patron has worked tirelessly with organisations that stand up for the innocent victim, but will not tolerate unscrupulous behaviour.
All whiplash accident claims in the UK deserve an independent and objective assessment and the fear is that victims will start to be discriminated against because they are saying they have a whiplash injury. The reality is if they have been involved in a car accident they probably will have whiplash and deserve compensation.
Whiplash can be one of the most debilitating injuries a person can receive; the effects can last for the rest of their lives. In some instances the effects can be degenerative and particularly in later life can lead to more severe conditions. As with most genuine claimants there is usually reticence to make any claim. There is the potential that these victims may be less likely to make claims for the injuries they have received for fear of being called a fraud.
Solicitors are saying that a backlash of discrimination against fraudulent whiplash accident claims in the UK could result in thousands of genuine claimants not receiving what is rightfully theirs and the results could have an impact on things like the National Health Service in years to come. Why? Because people are going to start to ignore genuine whiplash injuries and not get them treated properly, in later life there could be a rise in secondary health issues that ordinarily may not have arisen if the original whiplash injury had been treated correctly. This would be a travesty of the law if a few people ruin compensation in this area for the majority of genuine claimants.
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Date Published: 17th October 2012
Author: David Brown