Big Government Changes Are On The Horizon for Personal Injury Claims

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Things are set to change in the Personal Injury market with news of Government plans to limit access to free legal advice to try and eliminate the smaller claims. Personal injury specialists, Beardsells Personal Injury, talk about how the changes are going to affect their 'no win no fee' policy.

Personal injury solicitors, Beardsells, speak out about the government plans to limit free legal advice.

We intend maintain our no win no fee service, guaranteeing you 100% of your damages. Pressure is being put on to Mr Grayling to reconsider, but the changes are being driven regardless, to the detriment of injured people.

In December 2012, Chris Grayling, the Government’s Minister for Justice, intimated that he wants to extend future changes to the personal injury market so that the ‘small claims’ limit is increased from at least £1,000 to £5,000. The changes – which are due in April – will mean that many accident victims will not be able to get free legal help to put forward their claim because solicitors will no longer be able to recover their fees on low value cases.

The changes will mean that solicitors won’t be able to claim costs from the insurers any more on a £5000 claim, so, the claimant will have to pay their own legal fees if Chris Grayling’s changes are implemented. Therefore, it’s so important that the public understands that they should not sit back and wait to put forward their claim, as, whilst you have 3 years from the date of your injury to pursue a claim, soon, solicitors won’t be able to handle it for you free of charge.

The rules are that no solicitor’s costs are allowed on ‘small claims,’ but, even small claims can be complex. How is the man in the street to know whether an offer from an insurance company to pay him £2500 for his case is reasonable? It might be worth £5000, or even more. Just because a claim is small, it doesn’t mean it’s simple.

Ray Hopkinson, Litigation Manager at Beardsells Personal Injury Solicitors says, “Beardsells take the value of a claim very seriously and appreciate that a certain level of expertise is required to understand a medical consultant’s report, this is why we believe that no one should have to deal with these matters alone.”

“We intend maintain our no win no fee service, guaranteeing you 100% of your damages. Pressure is being put on to Mr Grayling to reconsider, but the changes are being driven regardless, to the detriment of injured people.”

You can read more about the Government’s plans to limit access to free legal advice for smaller personal injury claims by going to http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/the-changing-face-of-uk-injury-claims-8220515.html.

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