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Damages for whiplash injuries

Part of Civil Liability Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 4:00 pm on 23rd October 2018.

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Photo of Huw Merriman Huw Merriman Conservative, Bexhill and Battle 4:00 pm, 23rd October 2018

My hon. Friend is spot on. In the seven years before I came to this place, I managed the legal team that was unwinding the Lehman Brothers estate. In many instances, we looked to sue, but of course, we considered the cost of the claim and then worked out whether settlement was a better option. Settlement should always be a better option. For someone running a business, it will always be the better option if it is cheaper to settle than to pursue. All businesses operate in that manner.

It is all well and good for Bambos Charalambous, who is no longer in his place, to say that there should be a duty on insurers to take those cases forward, but they will not because it is not cost-effective. In addition, it is difficult to disprove those particular injuries.