It was not until April 2000 that all innocent victims could afford to make Hackney car accident claims, because of concerns about how they would pay the legal fees if they lost their claim. At a time when the purse strings are already stretched because of the extra expenses and possibly lost earnings, many victims just could not take the risk of this happening.
The laws that allow Hackney car accident claims
The law that allows victims to claim compensation when they have been injured through the fault of someone else is not a new one by any means. The problem though was that only the wealthy of society could afford the litigation costs if they lost their claim. In those days, lawyers just charged by the hour and the bill had to be settled no matter how long they said it had taken.
Because Hackney car accident claims are a legal process, which like most legal processes are a mystery to untrained people, no one really knew if they had spent the time they said or not. You just had to trust the legal representation you had chosen not to overcharge you, and to do the best job they could.
Since the introduction of the welfare state in the 1940’s, legal aid had been used for personal injury claims, but this was means tested, and only helped the poorest of us.
This was withdrawn in 1998, and replaced in April 2000 with the conditional fee agreement, which is better known as no win no fee*. Some people said this caused a flood of personal injury claims, but this was only because for the first time every innocent victim had the option of claiming compensation without having to worry about the costs.
Making Hackney car accident claims with the experts at Accident Advice Helpline
Our solicitors are experts in making personal injury claims, and their expertise and knowledge are just some of the reasons we have become one of the leading specialist law firms in the UK.
With a network of nearly two hundred of them, we have the whole of the UK covered, so it does not matter where you are or what type of accident you were injured in, we can help.
For most victims, the first person they will speak to is one of our friendly and helpful advisors. They are highly trained to give you free legal advice about claiming compensation, and this will always be up to date and relevant to your situation.
Having a chat to them is free of any charge or obligation, and they will not pressurise you in any way if you decide that making a claim is not the way forward for you.
You are not taking any financial risk by making a compensation claim, and have nothing to lose by getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline.
Date Published: 28th November 2014
Author: Emma Matthews