AXA Insurer recommendations made to the recent government consultation on determining whiplash compensation are being deliberately influenced by misinformed and skewed data and information supplied by AXA and supported by the entire insurance industry.
Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) firmly rejected the insurers evidence from France and Sweden “as proof that the number of exaggerated or fraudulent claims will fall if the threshold is set higher” claiming the figures were “backdated to 2004.”
In addition, the MASS are joined in support by both medical and legal experts, including claim for whiplash.
Camps Solicitors and MASS support the medical view that “every injury is different” and “must be assessed by an experienced medical professional who knows what to look for and what questions to ask each patient.”
According to the Whiplash Report 2012, as many as 4 in 5 of whiplash claimants have been found to be genuine and previous medical studies have found that 1 in 5 of acute whiplash sufferers who experience short -term discomfort and stress as a result of neck pain will continue experiencing debilitating symptoms of a longer term chronic whiplash condition.
Apart from some discomfort, pain or even restricted movement caused by a possible minor ‘neck injury’, it’s known that there can often be a delayed effect of weeks or even months for more deep seated problems to emerge. It has been estimated that around 20 per cent of car collision victims can suffer symptoms of varying severity for more than a year before considering making a claim.
It is not unusual for around three quarters of whiplash victims to take a year to regain their normal health and may not fully recover for a period of two years