Peer fails to recognise fall in non-motor claims, says society

Motor accident solicitors have accused the government's health and safety tsar of failing to recognize that the volume of non-road crash claims is falling.

Responding to Lord Young’s report ‘Common Sense, Common Safety’, Motor Accident Solicitors Society chairman John Spencer said: “Lord Young’s report fails to draw distinction between road traffic accident claims, which are increasing, and other personal injury claims, those affected by health and safety, which are falling.

“According to the Government’s Compensation Recovery Unit’s statistics, employers and public liability claims have fallen over the last nine years.

“This fact goes against the report findings that these claims are increasing uncontrollably, or indeed at all. In fact the Legal Services Board’s Consumer Panel found that referral fees, and by inference Claims Management Companies, have not statistically increased spurious, or unmeritorious claims.”