According to a report by the Daily Mail, the number of whiplash claims in Britain is on the rise, possibly making Britain the “whiplash capital of the world.” These whiplash claims are said to be adding about £90 to the average car insurance policy in the UK and insurers are warning the British government that these costs will only fall if an independent medical panel is established to assess injuries. British insurers claim they have paid out £10.7 billion in car accident claims with whiplash claims accounting for £2.2 billion. The insurance companies are also blaming the British legal system and a rising compensation culture in England for the rise in whiplash claims and increase in premiums. By lobbying for an independent medical evaluation and also for caps on damages, the insurance companies are viewed as really wanting to make it easier to deny claims.
This sounds eerily familiar to the same noise we hear in the United States from insurance companies regarding the costs of car insurance. It seems like an international problem that car insurance companies tend to blame the victims of car accidents for increases in premiums, when it is ultimately a desire for an increase in profits by the insurance company when premiums increase and benefits are reduced. If you’ve been injured in an accident, call the Florida personal injury attorneys at Givens Givens Sparks for a free case evaluation and understanding of your rights against the insurance companies and the responsible parties for your injuries.