Uncontested claims for compensation for “slips and trips” and other injuries at work or in a public place in England and Wales can now handled by a simpler and faster legal system, the Ministry of Justice has announced.
The change will make no difference to the amount of compensation victims will receive for genuine claims but will reduce the unnecessary additional bills faced by insurers and enable them to pass on savings to customers.
The move is part of a package of reforms brought in by Government this year to tackle the high cost of insurance premiums. These have been blamed for schools, businesses, community groups, councils and others being unable to stage activities where there is any risk of someone getting injured, as well as increasing costs for drivers.
The changes mean that in England and Wales uncontested claims for compensation of up to £25,000 for injuries at work (“employer liability”) or in public places (“public liability”) can be handled using the out-of-court Claims Portal which has been successfully used by lawyers and insurers to settle similar claims for road accident injuries.
From today the system will also start handling claims of up to £25,000 for road accident injuries (the previous maximum was £10,000).
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