6th February 2020
Make your Personal Injury claim whilst you still can!
Government plans to curb whiplash claims by April 2020 remains of serious concern to all personal injury lawyers who feel the public will be at a disadvantage when the new legislation is introduced.
Sweeney Miller Law is among many law firms monitoring the implications of legislation aimed to reform the personal injury claims system which will reduce compensation for claimants, even those who may be unable to work for months.
The Civil Liability Bill has passed through the House of Commons and will introduce a fixed tariff for whiplash damages, complemented by a rise in the small claims limit from £1,000 to £5,000 for road traffic accident-related personal injury claims and from £1,000 to £2,000 for other personal injury claims, such as public and employer’s liability.
The small claims limit change means legal costs cannot be recovered when the damages are under the limit. This will result in large numbers of genuinely injured claimant’s being unable to seek legal advice from a Solicitor on their claim and having to go it alone against the insurance companies to recover any damages for their injuries, loss of earnings or vehicle related damage if their claim is worth less than £5000. If the proposed changes are implemented, this will apply to the large majority of road traffic accident injuries including whiplash claims.
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) recently condemned the ‘unfair’ double standard between the criticism of people claiming injury compensation while compensation claims for late trains and flights are encouraged.
APIL president Gordon Dalyell says “We are actively encouraged to claim redress for being late. Yet people who are injured by someone else’s careless driving, who must take time out of work, go through physical pain, and endure the impact on family and social life, are often derided for having the nerve to claim compensation”. He continued “A three-hour flight delay is apparently worth £505. Personal injury reforms mean that three months of pain from a soft tissue injury will be ‘worth’ just £235”.
Sweeney Miller’s Lindsey Christie agrees entirely with Gordon Dalyell summary of the situation when he says “It is completely unfair and unacceptable that being late is taken more seriously than being injured needlessly.”
Sweeney Miller Law continue to monitor the implementation of these changes expected in the coming months and for now our advice is … Make your Personal Injury claim whilst you still can!
If you have had a road traffic accident or an accident at work, or know someone who has, there is still time to contact Sweeney Miller Law’s expert team of specialists to seek advice on a potential claim on Tel: 0345 900 5401 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org