If you have been injured in South Yorkshire road traffic accidents and someone else was to blame, UK law says that you are entitled to compensation from whoever was responsible. For many years this law was somewhat of a mockery as only the wealthy could afford to make a claim, in case the claim was lost and the legal fees had to be paid.
The 1949 help for faultless victims of South Yorkshire road traffic accidents
In 1949 Legal Aid was introduced as part of the new welfare state. This helped many victims who had been injured in accidents that were not their fault, but it was means tested and this left many victims still unable to make a claim.
Now we were in a position where the richest and the poorest of victims could claim the compensation they were entitled to, but if you were somewhere in the middle, it was still a very difficult option to take.
This situation lasted for nearly 50 years until 1998 when Legal Aid was revamped and being able to use it for personal injury claims was withdrawn. Thankfully, this position was not to last for long as the 1999 Finance Act extended the use of conditional fee agreements to compensation claims and this came into force in April 2000.
Now all victims of South Yorkshire road traffic accidents can make a claim
Conditional fee agreements were already in use in other areas of British law and they mean exactly what the name suggests – there are conditions attached to the fees, usually winning the case.
In the area of personal injury, the agreements very quickly earned the nickname no win no fee and it is how most people refer to them. The beauty of this system is that victims do not have to find any money for their claim to be started and they do not have to find any money if their claim is lost.
This makes personal injury claims accessible to all blameless victims without having to concern themselves about their financial situation. As long as they fit the legal criteria, anyone can claim compensation.
The criteria for making compensation claims
The rules you have to comply with to make a claim are the same no matter what type of accident you were injured in, it doesn’t have to be South Yorkshire road traffic accidents.
- Someone else must have been to blame for the accident
- You must have sustained injuries in the accident
- Your injuries must have been severe enough to need medical attention
- The accident must have happened within the last three years
If this is the situation you have found yourself in, you should be contacting Accident Advice Helpline to discuss making a claim.
Our very user friendly website is a mine of information about making claims or you can call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 and have a chat to one of our helpful advisers to find out all you need to so.
Some claimants prefer to do everything online and if that is the case you can complete one of our online options to start your claim.
Date Published: 19th August 2014