In January 2014, solicitors across Wales and England staged a one-day strike in protest at the proposed cuts to legal aid. The protests were centred on the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s proposal to cut £220 million from the government’s annual legal aid budget by 2018/19. Barristers and solicitors across Wales have warned that the proposals would mean job cuts in the legal sector, and point out that thousands of vulnerable people would be left without legal representation, which is hardly democratic. Solicitors across Wales and England closed the courts on the 6th January 2014 in protest at the cuts.
Solicitors Across Wales
Although there is no longer legal aid for personal injury compensation claim cases, solicitors across Wales have backed legal aid lawyers who are threatened with losing their livelihood if cuts are made to the government’s legal aid budget. However, legal aid was abolished in 1995 for personal injury compensation claims, and this opened the doors to solicitors to represent clients on a no-win, no fee basis.
Personal injury compensation claims
You may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim if you have been involved in an accident in which you were injured, and which you can prove was not your fault. You may also be able to file a personal injury compensation claim if you have, or have had, an illness which you can prove was caused by another person’s negligence.
You have three years in which to claim for an illness caused by someone else’s negligence from the date of first being diagnosed with it. Usually you have three years to file a claim for an injury sustained in an accident that you can prove was no fault of yours, if the accident occurred in the UK. However, if you were injured in an accident at sea, in the air, or at an airport (if the country has signed the Montreal Convention) you only have two years in which to file a claim. If you were injured in an accident involving an uninsured, or untraced driver, you would only have nine months to make a claim through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
You should contact a firm of injury solicitors near you to find out how long you have in which to file your claim. You can also get this information from us at Accident Advice Helpline, if you call one of our freephone numbers which are below.
Accident Advice Helpline
Call us at Accident Advice Helpline whenever suits you, as our lines are always open. We offer expert legal advice to people wishing to file a potential personal injury compensation claim. Call one of our freephone numbers now: 0800 689 05000800 689 0500 (and use this number to call from landlines too) or 0333 500 0993 for mobiles. Why not call now and find out how we may be able to help you?
Date Published: 20th March 2014
Author: David Brown