Monday 4 March 2013

A Defeat for Access to Legal Advice

Article by
Dave Koon Koon

Many vulnerable victims of injury will now find it impossible to obtain independent legal representation as a result of Friday’s bitterly disappointing judgment in the Administrative Court.

As the Government has now decided to slash lawyers’ fees in the road traffic accident claims process, many people will be left on their own to negotiate with insurers for fair and proper compensation for their injuries.

The vast majority of injured people have no knowledge of what their injuries are ‘worth’ in terms of damages, so such negotiations will inevitably be biased in favour of the insurers. A recent independent survey found, for example, that 70 per cent of people would not know what level of compensation to claim for a whiplash injury.
This is a dark day for people who are injured through no fault of their own. We can only hope that the Government does not take this judgment as licence to ride rough-shod over the needs of vulnerable people in the future.
We are committed to continuing our work to helping victims of road traffic accidents. If you need advice contact Dave Koon Koon on  01992 422 128 or email .                             

Tel: 01992 422 128

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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