Whiplash reform details have now been published and are due to come into force on 31st May.
The reforms consist of a new portal and incremental tariffs for soft tissue injuries arising from RTAs. The tariffs range from £240 to £4,215 depending on the duration of the injury together with a further fixed sum where there are accompanying minor psychological injuries. Uplifts of up to 20% can apply in exceptional circumstances.
RTA claims for accidents on or after 31st May 2021 where the claim for pain, suffering and loss of amenity is less than £5,000 will fall within the new small claims track portal and costs will not be recoverable. Exceptions include claims for children or protected parties. The overall small claims limit remains at £10,000.
Helen Spalding is an Associate in the Costs and Litigation Funding Department at Clarion. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0113 288 5639.