Facts of personal injury debate being distorted says Law Society

The Transport Select Committee has come under fire from the Law Society for allowing the debate over whiplash injury compensation claims to be dominated by motor insurers at the expense of those genuinely injured in road traffic accidents.

The President of the Law Society, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff sent a letter to the Transport Select Committee which is currently conducting an inquiry into whiplash claims warning of the consequences of not listening to other views. With the voice of the insurance industry dominating the inquiry, it is feared that policy makers will act upon exaggerated information and make ill-considered policies which harm the interests of those with valid whiplash claims.

Scott-Moncrieff is particularly aggrieved at the coalition’s decision to increase the small claims limit and maintains that this decision was based on aggressive lobbying from insurers.

The Law Society has expressed willingness to give evidence at any hearings involved in the inquiry so that injury lawyers and the interests of their clients are represented as well as insurers.

The coalition’s propensity to try and rush through legislation without taking time to properly consider to consequences leads to poor policies. We therefore welcome the Law Society’s attempts to make the views of legal professionals known.

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