Changes to CPR
Changes to the Civil Procedure Rules due to the government's 'whiplash' reforms have arrived.
The Government is taking forward its whiplash reform work (see www.justice.gov.uk/civil-justice-reforms/personal-injury-claims). New sections in the CPR mean that since 1 October 2014 fees for medical reports in ‘soft tissue injury’ cases that fall within the ambit of the Road Traffic Accident Protocol have been capped as follows:
• £180 regardless of area of expertise
• £180 (GP or physiotherapist)
• £360 (A &E consultant)
• £420 (orthopaedic consultant)
• As there is a presumption that reports will have been written without sight of the medical records (except in the case of an orthopaedic report), if it becomes necessary to consider the medical records, an addendum report on the medical records is limited to £50.
Answers to questions
• The cost for answering questions put under CPR Part 35 is limited to £80.
To guard the independence of the medical expert, no fee is payable if the expert has provided, or will provide, treatment to the claimant or is associated with any person who has given, or will give, treatment to the claimant.