PI Claims Culture Still No Clearer As Government Reveals It Cannot Produce Robust PI Claims Data
A chink in the armour of government policy as related to the personal injury claims industry was revealed recently when law firm Weightmans submitted a freedom of information request to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for compensation recovery data, which was duly denied.
The department admitted that they could not supply accurate figures “due to unforeseen circumstances”, civil servants “no longer have the expertise in the Compensation Recovery Unit to produce robust data.
This lack of expertise in government will be a gift to those who’ve been critical of its to-date policy of attempting to reduce a so-called claims culture.
One of the key opponents is trade union firm Thompsons who argue that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) cannot possibly continue with reforms, including a new tariff system for RTA claims, when they cannot produce evidence supporting it.
That said, it’s unlikely the direction of reforms will be reversed.
Analysis from the MoJ shows that the average value of road traffic accident PI claims rose by 3.4% in the two years to December 2016, demonstrating that though claims are certainly not out of control they are creeping up incrementally.
However, there should be no excuse these days for having to guess at the direction of a trend, as exacting software such as from LHQ is readily available and can provide a more accurate review of data should the government wish to verify anything!