Liverpool has the highest rate of whiplash claims in the UK, according to statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions.
Over a 12 month period up to March 2012, 18,500 whiplash claims for compensation were made, which equates to a figure of 22 per thousand residents. Liverpool were said to be just ahead of Uxbridge in West London with 21, and Oldham who had 20 whiplash claims per thousand residents.
Malcolm Tarling, from the Association of British Insurers commented on the statistics:
“This is the first time there has been a regional breakdown of where whiplash claims are being made, and there appears to be a striking correlation between whiplash victims and the number of lawyers specialising in personal injury claims.”
Liverpool Has Highest Rate Of Whiplash Claims In UK - Duncan Gibbins Response
Daniel Taylor, operations manager at specialist personal injury firm Duncan Gibbins, commented on the story:
“Identifying one area of the country as a cause of the ‘compensation culture’ makes for a good news story but does not necessarily reflect the reality of the whole situation. The national newspaper running the story displayed statistics that indicted that the number of whiplash claims fell by over 20,000 from 2010 to 2011-yet this information was not mentioned at all in the news article.
“It seems that one-sided press coverage emphasising the number of personal injury claims made is something that personal injury solicitors will have to get used to.
“There are occasions when fraudulent claims are made, but any legitimate solicitor will refuse to act for any client whose claim appears to have been brought fraudulently to prevent any further damage to the reputation of our industry.
“Instead of continually pointing the finger of blame at the personal injury industry, I think it would be beneficial for solicitors and insurers to try and work together to tackle the issue of fraudulent claims.”
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