The Whiplash Reform Programme package of measures includes:
- The introduction of a fixed tariff of compensation for whiplash injuries that last up to 2 years. This tariff will provide clarity and certainty to claimants about the amount of personal injury damages they will receive for whiplash injuries.
- A ban on settling whiplash claims without medical evidence. The Official Injury Claim service will enable claimants to source medical reports to ensure claims are supported by medical evidence before settlement.
- The introduction of the Official Injury Claim service which has been carefully designed to provide claimants with a modern, accessible, user-friendly digital system, supported by guidance. The service will enable all claimants, particularly those without legal representation, to make and settle their own claim.
- Increasing the Small Claims Track (SCT) limit for Road Traffic Accident related Personal Injury claims from £1,000 to £5,000 via amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules. This means that the majority of such claims will now proceed through the Small Claims Track, where legal costs are not recoverable.