Preston, United Kingdom (PRWEB UK) 6 December 2013
Parmar Solicitors, specialists in a wide range of personal injury claims, comment as the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) rejects plans to increase the small claims track threshold from £1,000 to £5,000.
The MOJ has rejected proposals to raise the small claims track threshold from £1,000 to £5,000, which would have had a detrimental effect on many drivers seeking whiplash claims above the limit. The threshold increase was part of the MOJ’s efforts to reduce the number of whiplash claims being filed, particularly fraudulent cases, which are raising premiums and allowing unethical drivers to benefit at the cost of others. However, the MOJ’s proposal to have all whiplash claims assessed by an independent panel of accredited professionals has been passed, and will come into effect next year.
The MOJ is believed to have rejected the increase because previous reforms need more time to take effect, and would have resulted in genuine claimants being unable to receive compensation they may be entitled to; however, they have not ruled out introducing an increase in the future.
“Finally, the Government has seen sense and listened to the general public rather than agree with the insurers’ attempts to target the whole of the personal injury sector,” said Mrs Fiona Collings, Litigation Manager at Parmar Solicitors. “We have seen a lot of changes since April, when we had a new and extended portal system imposed upon us. A lot of solicitors have had to decline to act for genuinely injured people due to the absurdly low fixed fees which we are paid, and a lot of solicitors’ practices have even had to close.
“Despite this, the Government was also seriously considering raising the small claims track limit which would have had a serious impact on anybody unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident. Thankfully, for now, they have agreed to keep the limit as it is.”
Source: http://www.justice.gov.uk at http://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/rules/part27#27.14 published on Thursday 3rd October 2013.
About Parmar Solicitors:
Parmar Solicitors are specialists in a wide range of legal issues, offering representation in such cases as: mis-sold PPI; road traffic accidents; medical & dental negligence; occupier liability; industrial disease; consumer disputes; slips and trips; work accidents, and more. They offer free consultations, and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including weekends and bank holidays).