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Apil Speaks Out About Government Reforms


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The government’s reforms to the no win no fee legal system for personal injury cases have now come into effect, despite concerns by the industry that they will deny accident victims access to proper justice.

APIL, The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, issued a press release this month to explain how the reforms have changed the rules governing personal injury cases: “No win-no fee was introduced by the government after legal aid was all but abolished for injury cases, to give the average man on the street a chance to use the legal system to right the wrongs done to him…but reforms…which are designed to save money for the guilty party who caused the injury, mean that the no win-no fee option as we know it no longer exists,” explained Karl Tonks, President of APIL.

The new regime means that accident victims can no longer recover all their costs from the insurers of the defendant who is responsible for their injuries, instead they have to pay them from their compensation. This also includes after-the-event-insurance against the risk of losing. Mr Tonks continued: “this goes against the general principle of compensation claims, which is that the claimant should receive the right amount of money in compensation to return him to the position he was in before the injury occurred…it switches the burden from the guilty party to the victim.”

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-04-22 13:25:32 in Legal Articles

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