Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Solicitors hit out at shock proposals

Personal injury experts at a Telford law firm are calling on clients to back a petition that opposes new compensation rules.

The team from Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Euston Way, have hit out at what they call the Government’s “shock proposals” to ban payouts for certain types of injuries.

Alison Carter, who leads the team, said the changes would also increase the small claims limit for personal injury cases from £1,000 to £5,000 in a bid to limit legal costs.

“Such a move would reduce the ability of thousands of people to claim compensation which is just not acceptable.

“Increasing the small claims limit will mean that genuine victims of injury will be unable to afford the legal help they need to bring genuine claims, as the insurers are only obliged to pay legal costs over the small claims limit.

“It’s the National Health Service and the benefits system that will be left to pick up the bills that are presently met by insurers.

“We believe this will have an adverse effect on victims’ ability to access justice as they will lose their right to independent advice about their claim.”

So the Personal Injury team at Martin-Kaye are urging clients to oppose the campaign and to sign the petition on the Government website: click here

“We are encouraging all our clients to actively participate in opposing these plans and all it takes is a couple of clicks on the petition link to show support for the campaign against the new rules,” said Alison.

The proposed changes include a ban on general damages for “minor” soft-tissue injuries and a general increase in the small claims limit to £5,000 for all personal injury claims.

They are due to come into effect from April 2017, and will prevent people from seeking legal advice for all claims below the £5,000 limit.

“People will also be prevented from claiming for often debilitating injuries received in road traffic accidents if the injuries are considered ‘minor’, so it’s clear that action needs to be taken now before the rules come into force.”