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New compensation arrangements mean quicker compensation for people injured in motor accidents

Around 400,000 people injured in road accidents could benefit from much speedier compensation under a more streamlined compensation system, announced today by the Ministry of Justice. The new arrangements follow an ABI campaign for a simpler, quicker and more cost-effective system.

The new system will apply to personal injury claims valued between £1,000 to £10,000 in l damages - around 80% of all motor personal injury claims. As well as speeding up claims, the new process will reduce unnecessary legal costs through setting a fixed legal cost for each stage of the process. It will involve the use of standardised electronic claim forms to enable key decisions to be made more quickly and reduce duplication. Challenging new timelines have been built into the process to ensure much quicker compensation payments.

 

Nick Starling, the ABI's Director of General Insurance and Health, said:

 

"The ABI has long argued for a simpler, more streamlined compensation system that works in the interests of consumers, so we completely support today's announcement. This new process will cut down on delays, and reduce the high legal costs that are paid for through motor insurance premiums.

 

"It is now vital that employees injured at work have the same opportunity as those injured on our roads to benefit from this new process, so we call on the Government to extend it to cover employers' liability insurance claims."


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Last updated 01/07/2016