According to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), there has been a 20 per cent fall in the number of personal injury claims. The lowest number in seven years.
The statistics revealed that there were a total 30,513 personal injury claims issued at county and magistrates courts in the third quarter of 2018, which was the smallest number recorded since the last quarter of 2011, and represents a 20 per cent fall on the same period of 2017.
It was also stated that there was a drop of over 11,000 claims through the whole of 2018 up to September, compared with the same period last year.
In a brief explanation to go with the figures, the MoJ says the decrease can be attributed to a change in civil procedure rules on holiday package gastric illness claims as well as whiplash reform.
Earlier this year, Justice Secretary David Gauke said he wanted to stop whiplash claims being an ‘easy payday’, claiming that the number of whiplash claims has been too high for too long, and is symptomatic of a wider compensation culture.
The figures suggest that existing measures are already having a significant effect in driving down claim numbers. In April, the Government introduced fixed recoverable costs for holiday sickness claims, to bring it into line with other personal injury claims.
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers president Brett Dixon said today: “If this reduction is because fraudulent claims have been tackled then that’s great of course, but if it is because genuinely injured people are denied justice then we have a serious problem.”