Catastrophic Injury Quarterly Review: Eighth Edition
Welcome to the eighth edition of our Catastrophic Injury Quarterly Review…
Published 1 November 2015
The Serious Injury Guide is intended to be published on a dedicated website on 12 October, providing a code of conduct for the handling of high value claims. It has been produced through consultations between APIL, FOIL and representatives from insurers, including those linked to ISCIF.
It is intended as a successor to the Multi Track Code and marks a clear attempt by these representative groups to establish agreement on broad principles of best practice in the handling of such claims. There has been substantial buy-in with already almost 40 specialist claimant firms (which include most of the major market players) having agreed to conduct cases in accordance with the principles, as well as many leading insurers. A list of those firms and insurers who are supporting the initiative will be on the website from 12 October and will be regularly updated.
We would encourage anyone handling catastrophic injury claims to visit the website after its launch. The following is a brief summary of how it may work.
The Guide very much supports the "road map" approach to planning cases from an early stage and working with the Claimant's Solicitor to move them forward. Whether this process can work will of course depend upon the attitude of both parties and undoubtedly there may be attempts to side-step the intentions of the Guide. Even if this does occur, the agreement of these principles is hopefully a major step forward in establishing a collaborative approach to catastrophic injury claims.