Compensation culture

5 Sep

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) published its views on compensation culture on 2nd September 2011. The British Safety Council is pleased to offer its support to ensure that those who suffer damage to their health or well-being as a result of a workplace injury or work-related ill health should be compensated for their loss.

The ABI’s publication ‘Improving the system for all’ (Sept 2011) follows Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendations to reform civil litigation funding and costs in England and Wales and which is being picked up in the Government’s current Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.

The British Safety Council supports the Bill’s attempt to reverse how lawyers are paid; the new law will mean the mark-up for a winning claimant’s fees will be paid from claimant’s damages, not the defendant as it is currently.  We have to reverse the mechanics of a system which is having not only financial, but cultural implications, in terms of people rushing to the courts, putting in claims unnecessarily.

Instead we want to see a fast track procedure for settling low value personal injury claims arising from workplace injuries and work-related ill health occurrences.  We remain adamant that claims handlers, generally, are a contributing factor in pushing up costs and do little to improve injured workers’ access to justice.    

http://www.justice.gov.uk/consultations/jackson-review.htm

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/bills-and-acts/bills/legal-aid-and-sentencing-bill.htm

www.abi.org.uk

 

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