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Plans to ban whiplash payments without medical checks

Car insurers could be banned from paying compensation to whiplash claimants who have not undergone medical tests to check whether their injuries are genuine, a new report from MPs has said.

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'Dysfunctional' insurance market pushing up prices

Motor insurance is a "highly dysfunctional market" which has seen a drive for profits push up prices for consumers, a critical report from MPs has said.

They warned that "new forms of potentially dishonest practice" were emerging, including a new trend for ordering extra medical reports claiming psychological harm from road accidents.

A report called for more work to root out fraudulent claims, including a compulsory scheme to share data between insurers and solicitors.

It also said that lawyers should be banned for offering freebies such as cash or tablet computers to people considering making claims for car accidents.

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