Government drops draconian ‘personal injury claim’ proposals

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The Ministry of Justice have dropped plans to raise the small claims limit to £5000. This would have affected cyclists, as many civil law claims are below this value.

Paul Kitson, personal injury lawyer with Slater + Gordon, Cycling UK`s lawyers, welcomes the news that the Govt is dropping its whiplash reform plans. “I believe that the plans were a knee jerk reaction to a small minority of fraudulent claimants. It would have been an injustice to deny innocent victims of bad drivers the right to claim damages for their injuries as a way to prevent fraudulent claims. I also have doubts that any savings would have been passed on to the consumers through lower premiums”.

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