Travel companies may well be affected by a change in the way court rules affect court costs. The so-called Jackson Reforms have led to a change in the rules that means tour operators will need to pay their own costs for going to court, regardless of the outcome of the case. This was seen in a recent case when one tour operator footed its own legal bill even though the person who sued them lost the case.
This is said to have a major effect on tour operators who are faced with personal injury claims. Financially they are being advised to consider each individual situation carefully. Even if they succeed in defending a particular claim it could well be they will still have to pay for their own court costs. In this situation it could become very costly to try and defend a case.
The idea is to protect the claimant in the event that they lose their case. If this should occur the claimant won’t have to foot the bill for the defendant’s court costs. This will only happen on very limited occasions.
How does this affect you if you bring a claim?
If you seek assistance to bring a claim against a travel company you do not have to foot the bill for the court costs incurred by the defendant. In this case the defendant would be the travel company. This makes it better for those who believe they have a chance of getting compensated and for making a personal injury claim. It is something worth bearing in mind given this change in the law. One case has already resulted in the travel company footing the bill for its legal costs.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline if you have been injured in an accident
Even if you are unsure who was at fault for the accident, it might be a good idea to contact us for more advice. Call AAH today on our free 24/7 enquiry line to determine your situation. This could result in a better outcome for you if we determine you can bring a no win, no fee* case against the defendant with our help. Remember: we are always here to help you if we believe you have a good chance of winning your case, so don’t hesitate to get in contact with us if you believe we can help.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown