The government has brought forward new legislation which directly affects road traffic accident claims. This new whiplash reform restricts the amount of payable damages for whiplash claims. The tariff caps are dependant on the duration of the injury, but the changes are seen as a big win for consumers.
On May 31st, Draft Statutory Instruments will commence new tariff levels, restricting the total amount of damages paid on certain soft tissue injuries. Any damages for whiplash injuries will be limited to £240.
The limit on the amount of payable damages can increase if the duration of the injury is beyond 3 months. A fixed amount is added to the tariff to cover minor psychological injuries.