In what are uncertain times for the future of personal injury law with the government planning a series of reforms to reduce compensation paid to victims and increase the level at which compensation should be paid, it has emerged that the number of personal injury claims actually fell by 13% in 2017/18.
The Department for Work and Pensions' Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) reported motor claims have fallen by 17%, whilst clinical negligence claims had fallen by 3% - contradicting the government's rationale for the proposed reforms which is said to be as a result of the so called 'compensation culture'.
The Law Society Gazette recently reported on the reforms which are currently being considered in the House of Lords. These include fixed tariffs for injuries received in road traffic accidents and banning settlements being made without a medical examination.
Commenting on the report Stephen Green, Partner and Head of Personal Injury at Fosters Solicitors, stated "changes in legislation can often cause a fall or spike in claims. I sincerely hope that these reforms do not deprive those who are properly entitled of the compensation they rightfully deserve".