Proposals could bring about a more efficient system but must not restrict work required to allow lawyers to bring a claim, says APIL

Fixed costs should be extended to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) cases, the Civil Justice Council (CJC) has proposed as part of a series of recommendations seeking to speed up the claims process.

Following a rise in NIHL claims between 2010 and 2015, reportedly reaching over 87,000 in early 2015 (dropping to 57,000 claims by the end of the year), the government asked the CJC to set up a working party of specialists, comprising defendant and claimant lawyers, insurers, barristers, and a judge.

The group was tasked with recommending ways of resolving NIHL cases more quickly and to agree a table of ...

John Vander Luit
Editor
Solicitors Journal

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