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Not such a happy new year for accident victims

Huge changes to the law could massively affect victims of ALL accidents in the future if the insurance industry get their way.

Insurance industry campaigns promising massive reductions in car insurance premiums with whiplash and other reform are being carefully looked at by the Government.Your rights after ANY injury could be massively affected

Whiplash – the £ and the penny

Media campaigns suggest whiplash claims are costing every motorist large sums in extra premiums each year. Insurers have suggested that changes in the law to bring down compensation to almost 25% of the current level could mean average savings of £50 per year

Another review at the time of the Queens speech suggest this was in fact £35.

Campaigning group A2J have digested the figures and suggest this could be as low as £16. They have taken into account the savings divided by the 28 million motorists insuring each year. See the link here:-

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/treasury-memo-suggests-real-whiplash-savings-are-just-16/5063906.article

The cost of injury claims to motor insurers has dropped by 10% (£263m) year-on-year, according to ABI figures. Vehicle repair claims costs hit a record high in the last quarter.

Small claims – The battleground

Currently if your case is worth less than £1000 your solicitor cannot recover costs for bringing the claim.

Using the same whiplash publicity the insurance industry is also seeking to change the small claims limit. First of all they seek an increase to £5000. This would mean about 90% of cases would fall under this limit. Therefore this means victims would have to pay lawyers out of their claim or agree a damages based agreement (DBA). Consequently they will be worse off than they are at the moment under current rules.

The House of Commons justice committee is to review the reform plans. They are seeking any additional input before 22nd December 2017.

The article commenting on it is here https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/mps-to-examine-potential-impact-of-small-claims-increase/5063994.article

 What can we expect?

The Lord Chancellor has already said that the small claim limit will rise.

If this goes up to £5000 then the landscape for compensation vicitms for all accidents will be massively affected.

We think the law should be left alone or a very modest raise in the small claim limit be imposed. The reaons for this are:-

  1. The vast majority of accident victims do not know how to or would be willing to make a claim without a lawyer
  2. Because in our experience our clients tell us they do not think insurers will deal fairly with them if they have no lawyer
  3. Victims are less likely to use the court system if they feel they are not properly dealt with or compensation and;
  4. Those that do face the daunting prospect of trying to put their case over in court which in due course;
  5. Will lead to the suffocating of the court system which is already overloaded following court closures and the withdrawal of legal aid meaning many family and other civil claims are taking place with unrepresented parties.
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Corries Comment

This is a government which has spent the last seven years listening much more to insurers than victims of accidents or disease. Because of this we adopt the measures proposed by the Access to Justice (A2J) campaign.

A copy of their proposed response is here https://accesstojusticeactiongroup.co.uk/acf/

The simple question to ponder is this:-

If you are injured in an accident and need compensation – who is more likely to act in your best interests? The insurance company paying out – or the lawyer fighting for you?

The myth of the compensation culture has been dealt with by various studies recently – here is one …https://www.apil.org.uk/myths-about-compensation.

At Corries we are doing as much as we can to oppose great change. We are keeping a close eye on and are making representations for victims of all accidents. We shall keep you informed. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news. While we cannot promise anything we will fight for you and your interests and those of all accident victims.

If you or a passenger have been injured in an accident in the last three years then call our friendly team now on 0800 655 6550

 

Client Testimonials

£28,000 Awarded

Gloria Langton

“I don’t think I could have coped without you and your professionalism especially on the day of the final inquest which was particularly harrowing for me. Your kindness and patience towards my father whilst he was ill was also very much appreciated.  I have and will continue to recommend you to friends, colleagues and family for your services.”

 

£19,000 Awarded

Ms Meakin

“I am very happy that this claim is now finally settled and thank you so much for the service you provided. It was exemplary. And you have been most patient with my numerous phone calls.”

£118,000 Awarded

Ms F Johnson

“I would like to thank you for your kindness to my Mother Marion Harrison during the last months regarding the claim against the MOD due to Roy’s untimely passing. Roy was one of the finest men I have ever known. Mum has appreciated all your efforts and expertise on her behalf. Thank you.”

£90,000 Awarded

Mrs V Rogers

“On behalf of Adrian and myself I would like to thank you very much for your help and endeavours to reach this satisfactory outcome.”

£22,500 Awarded

Mrs Andrews, Hertfordshire.

“I am delighted to confirm receipt of our cheque concluding our case. Thank you so much for your support throughout the process. I have really appreciated your balanced guidance and sensitivity which gave me the confidence to pursue the claim. Hopefully we won’t need your services again but if we do we will certainly be in contact! So thank you again and wishing you every success in the future.”

£55,000 Awarded

Charles & Ann Parker, Bracknell.

“Ann and I want to thank you very much for all your hard work in the successful conclusion of my case. It has been a great pleasure, once again thank you for everything”

£1,024 Awarded

Pamela Tegg, Southampton.

“I thank you most sincerely for all the effort you put in on my behalf. I hope your employers are proud of the fact you work so efficiently and to such high standards.”

£9,000 Awarded

Keith Aston, Bristol.

“Thank you for the cheque for £9,000 in settlement of my claim. Fingers crossed there will not be any further accidents; however I would like to thank you for the professional manner you dealt with my accident claim. The most important part of a solicitors job is communication and I must thank you for the way you kept me updated on what was going on.”

£130,000 Awarded

June Abbott, York.

“Thank you for handling Peters claim and getting settlement.”

 

£20,000 Awarded

Anthony Richards, Hull.

“It was always nice talking to you. You were always there! And made me feel secure and important for the few moments.”

 

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