AXA: doctors call for whiplash control measures
by Richard Kilner
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Car insurer AXA has conducted research which reveals almost nine out of 10 UK doctors want the Government to introduce new measures to control claims of whiplash.
The research found that 7% of doctors were actually offered money to refer patients with whiplash injuries.
The vast majority (88%) of those surveyed want the Government to introduce new measures to control whiplash claims for motorists, and 22% reported a significant rise in whiplash claims over the last five years, with 40% reporting a moderate increase.
On average, doctors believe that more than a third (37%) of patients who come to them claiming whiplash do so fraudulently, with a third of doctors believing that more whiplash claims are fake than real.
Doctors generally take a negative view of whiplash claims leading to a hunt for financial compensation, but 77% underestimated the true cost to the UK economy (which stands at £2bn).
In June of this year the ABI attacked compensation culture which has seen three in four people receive an unsolicited call or text from a claims management company offering claims compensation services.