Personal injury claims for Smethwick road traffic accidents have been around a very long time, it is just that before cars, the claims probably involved horses and carts, or may be carriages. There have always been innocent victims injured on our roads one way or another.
But in the days of the horse and carts on our roads, you had to be rich enough to afford the litigation costs of making a compensation claim for Smethwick road traffic accidents, and if you were not there was no way of accessing the justice you deserved, so very few claims for compensation were made.
Legal aid was introduced in the UK in 1949, the idea being that anyone would be able to seek justice in a court of law for all sorts of reasons. Legal aid was means tested, so it did help the poorest of society, but still left the people between the poor and the rich who could not make a personal injury claim, in case they lost and had to pay the fees.
In 1998, legal aid for personal injury claims was withdrawn and we were back to the days of only the wealthy being able to make a claim. Then the 1999 Finance Act said that conditional fee agreements could be used for them, and this came into force on the 1st April 2000.
Affording a claim when you’ve been injured in a car crash in Smethwick
The condition fee arrangement has become better known as no win no fee, because that is exactly what it is. The victim pays no money for their claim to be started, and they pay no money if the claim is lost. So now anyone can make a claim when they’ve been injured in a car crash in Smethwick, no matter how rich or poor they may be.
Accident Advice Helpline was established in June 2000, and was one of the first to operate on this basis. Over 15 years’ experience of making personal injury claims has built us a reputation as the best, always putting our claimants needs before anything else, and making sure they receive the highest quality service.
The law says that if you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, if the injuries needed medical attention, and the accident happened some time in the last three years, then the guilty party should financially compensate you for the suffering they have caused you to endure.
For many years the law did not matter because the number of victims that could make personal injury claims was so restricted. But now there are no restrictions, providing you fit the criteria, then you have the option of making a personal injury compensation claim.
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline after Smethwick road traffic accidents
You can contact Accident Advice Helpline through the 30-second test on our website, which will let you know if your claim is valid, give you an estimate of the amount of compensation you could be awarded and prompt a call from one of our expert advisors to see if they can be of any assistance. Or you can call the advisors direct on our freephone helpline, 0800 689 0500, and get their advice regarding your situation completely free of any charge.
Date Published: 15th August 2014