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10 March 2014 / legal-blog
A blog article by Jonathan White
Figures published last week reveal that successful claims by genuine injury victims, who are often vilified by the insurance industry and NHS Litigation Authority, are helping – and part-financing – the NHS.
NHS Injury Cost Recovery (ICR) scheme annual data reveals that the NHS recovered over £200 million last year. This was as a result of compensation payments made to people suffering and claiming for personal injury or road traffic accidents.
The ICR scheme was introduced in January 2007 and aims to recoup the cost of NHS treatment where personal injury compensation is paid. The funds are primarily recovered from insurance companies and then paid to NHS hospital or ambulance trusts that provided the treatment. While there was backlash from the insurance industry when the scheme was introduced, seven years on, it is proving successful in delivering much-needed funds back into the struggling NHS.
Moreover, it demonstrates that genuine personal injury claims make a significant contribution to the organisation. As the NHS strives to improve quality care for patients whilst making efficiency gains to the tune of £20 billion, this is a significant and welcome contribution. In addition, the scheme places the responsibility on those to blame for the injury, adding impetus to improve road and workplace safety and encouraging employers to protect their workforce against occupational health hazards.
With just under £219 million recouped from 2012-2013 through the ICR scheme, the data demonstrates that, with the one-year anniversary of the LASPO Act on the horizon, the Jackson reforms are yet to bite into the monies recovered under the scheme. However, LASPO does put pressure on the sector to provide the same services for less money and any changes which impact on the ability of genuine accident victims to claim compensation would have a sizeable knock-on effect on the NHS.
At National Accident Helpline we only support genuine claims. Our legally trained advisors help people work out whether they have a genuine claim and we then connect them with approved solicitors, spanning 40 specialist law firms. Every injury victim deserves a representative that will truly pursue their best interests.
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