UK Doctor Survey Highlights Problem of Fraudulent Whiplash Claims for Insurance

About The Authors

20th September 2012 15:38 - Health

Market Research by YouGov on behalf of car insurer AXA, which aims to understand the UK culture of Personal Injury (PI) claims to reduce the pay-outs causing car insurance premiums to skyrocket, have discovered a concern over whiplash claims.

The survey questioned 100 doctors in the UK and found that these healthcare professionals are under increasing pressure to take advantage of the current £2bn PI pay-out - 7% have even been offered money to refer patients with whiplash injuries.

Over the last month alone, an overwhelming 88% of the doctors polled said they thought the Government should introduce new measures to control whiplash claims made by motorists.

In total, 22% of the respondents said they had seen a substantial increase in whiplash patients over the last five years, while 40% reported a moderate increase during this period. Furthermore, in the past year 11% have seen significant rises in whiplash cases while 31% had experienced moderate increases. 

The doctors also said that they believe 37% of patients on average who come to them with whiplash resulting from a car accident are fraudulent, while a third believe this figure to be over 50%.

In addition, the majority of doctors at 58% said they had signed off only 50% or less cases as being a genuine whiplash injury.

The issue is made more difficult by the fact that whiplash is notoriously hard to accurately pinpoint – only 7% of doctors believe it is very easy to correctly diagnose.

Sign up for free insights from your sector…

Antispam code: 14633

Support Us..

We hope that you have found this article useful. This section is freely available for all to use. Please help support it by liking us or following us on our social media platforms:

Share this article..

For updated Health insights please follow us on @DJS_Health or use our RSS feed

Other Health Research Findings

Other Latest Market Research Insights

© DJS Research 2019