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The Ministry of Justice has launched a short consultation on revising the medical reporting process for unrepresented claimants. Among the suggested changes, the government is seeking views on options to support the design of an IT platform to enable unrepresented litigants to progress their own claim, whether they have representation or not. The government is planning to amend the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) in April 2020 to increase the small claims track limit for road traffic accident (RTA) related personal injury claims to £5,000 as part of its whiplash reforms. The new IT system is part of its plan to implement this. The consultation will close on 17 May 2019.
In particular, stakeholder views are being sought on ways to effectively develop this system, including:
• expanding MedCo, so that initial medical reports for all RTA related personal injury claims under the revised small claims track limit are sourced via a single system
• whether to broaden the types of medical experts registered on MedCo
• whether to expand the existing fixed recoverable costs regime for medical reports
• the procedure for unrepresented claimants to obtain any required medical evidence
Responses can be sent via e-mail.
Source: Future Provision of Medical Reports in Road Traffic Accident related personal injury claims
First published as an LNB News item on 18 April 2019.
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