In April 2013, the British government changed the rules which apply to no win no fee personal injury claims. One of the reasons for a change in legislation seems to have been an attempt to reduce the claims for whiplash, which used to cost motor insurers £2 billion a year. This added approximately £90 to a motorist’s annual premium. The AA (Automobile Association) said in August 2013 that premiums have started to fall.
Since September 2013, if an injury claim is successful then there is a cap of 25% on the success fee which a lawyer can charge. This is the maximum amount that can be levied if the case is successful. This, at least, is good news for the accident victim.
Back injury claim in any location in the UK
You can make a back injury claim in any place in the UK, although if you live in a rural area you may have difficulties in finding an experienced accident solicitor to take your case. Making an injury claim anywhere will be the same procedure as anywhere else.
You need to find a solicitor to work on a no win no fee basis, as there is no longer legal aid (as there was pre-1995) for personal injury compensation claims.
Criteria for making a claim
There are several criteria to consider when contemplating making a personal injury compensation claim. These are:
- The accident must not have been your fault, and you have to be able to prove this;
- You must have received medical treatment for your injuries shortly after; and
- You need to file the injury claim within three years of having the accident.
If you are filing a personal injury compensation claim for an illness that was caused by another person’s negligence, you will have to prove negligence. You might have food poisoning after eating in a restaurant, or you may have been diagnosed with a work-related illness and have a case to claim that your employer was negligent and failed in their duty to provide you with a safe and healthy working environment.
Accident Advice Helpline
We are a law firm with more than a decade’s experience of helping people with personal injury compensation claims. You can find out more about us by visiting the Accident Advice Helpline website. Why not take the 30-second test on our landing page for an estimate of how much you might receive in compensation? No one is able to tell you in advance just how much compensation you will receive, as this depends on a number of factors including the extent and severity of your injuries.
You may then want to call us for expert legal advice about any claim you may have. Our freephone numbers are 0800 689 0500 for landlines and 0333 500 0993 for mobiles. For expert legal advice, why not call now, as the lines are always open?
Date Published: 10th September 2013