Further doubt about April 2020 Personal Injury Reforms
Posted on 8th January 2020
Solicitors in Longridge, MG Legal, know that there has been a lot of negative press lately in respect of the deemed compensation culture and you may well have heard comments about a “red tape” era or “where’s there a blame there’s a personal injury claim”.
This year the rules are changing which will deny people the opportunity to receive free legal assistance. The new changes have led to Unions and Labour warning that hundreds of thousands of people may miss out on compensation for whiplash and other injuries. The Government who have said that their aim is to tackle the compensation culture originally estimated that 133,000 people per year are likely to miss out on the opportunity to claim for an accident that is not their fault, however research by Unison has suggested that it could be as many as 399,000 people could miss out on compensation for claims that are not their fault.
As part of its package of reforms, the Government intends to raise the small claims limit from £1,000 to £5,000 for road traffic accident-related personal injury claims, and to £2,000 for other personal injury claims.
In order to raise the limit for such claims it was decided that a new portal would be developed by the Ministry of Justice. It follows that a new portal to submit claims means that a new protocol (rules for using the portal) would need to be developed. This was all discussed in July 2019 where it was agreed that the new protocol would be drafted by September 2019 so that it could be discussed in meetings in October 2019. Whilst it probably shouldn’t be a shock, the protocol is still not ready. This has caused great concern with some stating that if the new portal is so radical and different that we need a separate set of rules just for using it how can it possibly be expected that justice is served equally. Lord Justice Coulson expressed particular concern on this matter.
It’s no secret that the election drama in December hasn’t helped this process but it is imperative that an update is given as to progress if the new system is to adequately help injured people.
Whilst the we are kept in the dark about the Personal Injury Reforms rest assured that MG Legal’s personal injury department will be here to offer a first-class service with a personal touch to every Client who needs our assistance.
Contact us now via firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 01995 602 129.
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