APIL responds to Aviva whiplash claims

28.03.2013

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The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has hit back at claims from Aviva that insurance companies should be placed in charge of whiplash compensation claims.

It alleges that whiplash claims add £118 a year to a standard motor insurance premium, and suggests allowing the solicitor of the ‘at fault’ party would save UK drivers a collective £1.5 billion a year.

APIL rejected this suggestion, saying allowing representatives for the ‘at fault’ to deal with the compensation would put victims in “an incredibly vulnerable position”. It cited what it believes to be a clear conflict of interest that could easily see whiplash claimants left undercompensated.

Last year, an APIL report also responded to another frequent insurer claim that suggests personal injury solicitors are to blame for the rise in whiplash claims, encouraging people involved in road accidents to claim whatever the extent of their injury.

Its ‘Whiplash Report 2012’ surveyed 4,000 drivers, and the results showed that 28% stated they were encouraged to pursue compensation by an insurer, compared with only 21% who admitted their solicitor had advised them to claim.

APIL also pointed out that UK roads are much busier than in other European countries, increasing the likelihood of what it termed ‘low velocity’ collisions, a primary cause of whiplash.

Most tellingly of all, APIL also suggested that insurers are encouraging potentially fraudulent claims by offering ‘victims’ compensation without asking for any medical proof of injury.

Why you should always get help from a personal injury solicitor

Working with your own personal injury solicitor is the only way to ensure that you have someone to represent your best interests in whiplash compensation claims.

Leaving the insurer of the person who hit you in charge of your compensation could easily leave you in a position where you receive much less than you are entitled to.

As well as the chance that an insurer may seek to minimise the effect on their client ahead of providing you with suitable compensation, there are also many other aspects to any road traffic accident case that are best looked after by an experienced personal injury solicitor.

For example, you may require a replacement vehicle while yours is repaired, and the cost of this work may also become a factor in how much compensation we would pursue on your behalf.

Additionally, if you have been forced to take time off work to recover from your whiplash, then the amount we chase on your behalf could factor in lost earnings, while for more serious road traffic accidents there may be medical fees to consider.

If you’re looking for a whiplash injury solicitor to help with your case, call us on 0800 652 9515 for more information.

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