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News: COVID-19 Personal Injury Protocol

26 March 2020

A new 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) Personal Injury Protocol' was launched in the UK on 24 March 2020 by Thompsons Solicitors and the Association of British Insurers (ABI), to ensure personal injury solicitors - both defendant and claimant - and insurers work together to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

Given that there are currently hundreds of thousands of active personal injury claims in the UK, law firms and insurers are encouraged to sign up to the protocol to ensure neither the claimant or defendant to a personal injury claim is unfairly impacted by the COVID-19 disruption.

The protocol calls for a flexible and pragmatic approach, whether that is to limitation periods, delays in submitting medical evidence or a defence, and seeks to recognise restrictions on attending hearings while social distancing guidance is in place.

The protocol is being put in place for a minimum of four weeks with a joint review taking place in the week commencing 13 April. By that point the Lord Chief Justice’s office may have formal instructions in place but for now, organisations can confirm their commitment to the protocol on the ABI’s website.
Members should contact their usual club contacts in relation to the above if they have any queries or concerns.