With effect from 6 April 2015, medical reports in in soft tissue injury claims brought under the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents must be obtained via the Medco portal. This requirement takes effect via changes to the Protocol and the CPR & PD provisions on fixed recoverable costs.
Claimant solicitors will be required to undertake ‘previous claims’ checks on potential claimants and to confirm to the defendant that this has been done. There is also to be accreditation requirement, from 1 January 2016, for medico-legal experts to help improve the quality of medical evidence and drive up standards.
About the Author
Alistair Kinley is BLM’s Director of Policy & Government Affairs.
Alistair is responsible for BLM’s engagement with government departments and regulators on policy and public affairs issues and consultations affecting the firm and its customers. He coordinated BLM’s market-facing activities in connection with the Insurance Act 2015 and the consultations which preceded its publication and introduction in Parliament.
He is a member of the Civil Justice Council (CJC), a regular speaker and experienced commentator on legal and procedural reforms and was a contributing editor to the Law Society’s Litigation Funding Handbook (September 2014).