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Government plans will create uneven playing field


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2nd May 2013

APIL (The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) has been in the news recently for taking a stand against government plans to force a huge number of accident victims to take their claims to the Small Claims Court.

Government proposals to increase the number of road traffic accident cases heard in the small claims court will effectively mean that many more people will be forced to represent themselves, without legal assistance. This could see them with significant shortfalls in compensation as there is no solicitor to ensure they get a fair settlement, whereas the opposite side will have qualified lawyers at its disposal.

APIL’s letter to the press stated: “This court is designed for people to represent themselves…this means that if someone crashes into your car, injuring you or your family, you will have to go to court with no legal advice and argue against fully qualified lawyers defending the person whose negligence caused the injuries. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) knows from experience that people can be seriously undercompensated in these circumstances as, of course, any insurance company’s first duty is to its shareholders. It’s completely unfair and makes a mockery of justice.”

The government’s proposals come as a result of pressure from the insurance industry who claim costs would reduce and savings be passed back to policy holders through lower premiums. However, they haven’t given any indication of how or when insurance premiums would come down.

APIL Chief Executive Deborah Evans continued: “These changes will create a totally uneven playing field, weighed heavily in favour of big business. People with genuine injuries will struggle to find justice while insurance premiums remain sky high.”

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-05-08 00:00:00 in Legal Articles

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