Claims4free.co.uk warns changes to legal aid will force costs up, not down

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Accident and personal injury claims are currently causing controversy as the British Government, in a strategy to reduce public spending by £350m by 2015, is limiting the types of cases that victims can claim legal aid to pursue.

Accident and personal injury claims are currently causing controversy as the British Government, in a strategy to reduce public spending by £350m by 2015, is limiting the types of cases that victims can claim legal aid to pursue.

The concern of former Labour justice secretary Lord Bach is that legislation “puts Britain back at least 25 years” and [for the most part] the savings will come from “scrapping social welfare law”.

Up until now, anyone who’s been the victim of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, or from poorly maintained paving, a spill or trip hazard that wasn’t properly brought to their attention, has the right to go to a no-win-no-fee solicitor and, if necessary, have their day in court.

Now the legal aid bill is law (as reported by The Guardian on Thursday 3 May), accident victims will have to pay a percentage of the awarded compensation to their legal team. Presently that money comes out of the costs that are awarded separately from the money the judge has calculated the injured party is owed for the pain, distress and inconvenience of being hurt.

Personal injury specialist, claims4free.co.uk, feels the new legislation is unjust. Owner, John Quail, says:

“Changing the system to a model where the victim is forced to pay a percentage of their compensation, money which was awarded to cover lost earnings and sundry expenses, will make it impossible for people, injured or disabled due to someone else’s fault, to get their full award.”

Claims4free.co.uk works with a number of associates across the UK to help find solicitors area-by-area. The solicitors offer no-win no-fee agreements with a wide range of experience in all case types and there is no obligation to use the services of any solicitor following a consultation.

The advice for anyone who has been involved in an accident caused by someone else should follow this simple advice:

  •     Seek medical attention immediately
  •     Take down the contact details of any witnesses
  •     Get photos of the scene
  •     If it is a road traffic accident, call the police.

Most compensation claims don’t go to court, but a police reference, witness statements and a medical report can make dealing with insurance companies much easier.
Lord Bach opposed the Bill as soon as it was passed, so this chapter is still very much open with the legal aid landscape likely to look quite different over coming months.
More information about personal injury claims is available at http://www.claims4free.co.uk

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Claims 4 Free ltd,
1 Slaughterford Road,
Whitehead,
Carrickfergus,
BT38 9TG,
N. Ireland.
John (at) claims4free.co.uk
07515531423

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