What is more, the government no longer provides legal aid for personal injury claimants and does not spend any money promoting the services. So how else are innocent accident victims supposed to know how to claim compensation? It is up to Personal Injury firms to inform people of their rights since the government does not, otherwise they would ultimately be left in the dark.
This government must take the lead in stopping misplaced panic about the compensation system. The proposals for the extension of RTA-type schemes if put into practice may well change the legal landscape for low value personal injury claims; both reducing costs and making them more predictable for the vast majority of personal injury claims. It is unfortunate that no framework has been set out in Lord Youngs report as to how he intends to implement his proposals. Much of his report lacks a suitable agenda going forward and we are left with a series of statements and suggestions without any indication of when or how the proposals might be implemented. It seems to be a question of watch this space