Changes to compensation for injury procedures
Until the year 2000, citizens who met the requirements of eligibility for legal aid had been able to apply for legal aid, including those seeking compensation for injury caused by assault or domestic abuse. However, these rules are about to change again and eligibility is further curtailed. The new law comes into force on 1st April 2013. It is important, therefore, for victims who are seeking compensation for injury and who think they might need legal aid to take action now and seek advice before the law changes. In any case, the three year statute of limitations applies and as a general rule it is better to start a claim sooner rather than later.
Broadly speaking, benefit claimants, people on incomes under a stated threshold, or people with savings and assets of less than £8,000 can apply for legal aid under certain circumstances, but even those personal injury claimants who win their compensation for injury may have to contribute towards costs.
No win no fee*
was introduced to compensate for the withdrawal of legal aid for compensation for injury. This means that if the claimant won their case they would not pay their legal fees because the losing side picked up the bill. However, changes to the rules on the payment of the “success fee” in cases of compensation for injury, mean that the winner may end up paying a percentage of the legal fees out of his compensation award.
It is important for anybody involved in an accident that wasn’t their fault who wishes to seek compensation for injury to act quickly and to seek advice now. Even if they decide not to proceed, it is better for the sake of peace of mind to have all the facts and figures before taking the decision.
Despite the impression that some sectors of society try to give that Britain is becoming a more litigious nation, it should be remembered that victims of an injury suffer disruption, expense and hardship as a result and are entitled to seek the compensation for injury that they deserve.Open Claim Calculator