Whiplash claims at lowest level since 2009

Despite the government’s complaints about whiplash claims, their own figures have revealed that there were 60,000 fewer whiplash injury claims this year than there were in 2011/12.

Figures put together by the Department for Work and Pensions show that whilst there were more than 547,400 whiplash claims made in 2011/12, there were fewer than 488,300 made in 2012/13. That drop means that whiplash claims are at their lowest level for 5 years.

The numbers were sought out by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers which used them to support evidence given to the inquiry into whiplash claims currently being held by the House of Commons transport select committee.

The committee had asked for a response to the coalition’s suggestion that the UK was known around the world as a whiplash claim hotspot.

The insurance industry has been spreading spurious claims about whiplash claims in recent months in an attempt to whip up a storm amongst the government and save insurers money.

As part of the inquiry, the committee will seek oral evidence from both lawyers and insurers which will be important to opening up what has until now been a very one-sided debate dominated by insurance companies.

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