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Yesterday Ken Clarke confirmed that the Road Traffic Accident portal for motor personal injury claims will be extended to include claims worth up to £25,000 and also, for the first time, employers’ and public liability claims up to the same value. This has been on the cards for some months and as such, the news, whilst perhaps not entirely welcome, is not unexpected.
Having been established in April 2010, the portal was designed for low value RTA claims (up to £10,000) and there are concerns that the government has not factored in the reality of the difference in the nature of cases that are greater in value than the portal currently allows for. No comments have been made as to whether the portal will be adapted to reflect this.
In addition, the government has made no comment on the potential increased costs relating to this. They seem to be suggesting that solicitors undertake the same work for a case that is worth £25,000 as they would have for £10,000. This has the potential to put a Claimant, whose claim falls between £10,000 and £25,000 at a disadvantage and potentially be undercompensated as there is a risk that some firms (those of less integrity) that will treat cases in a more commercial manner.
For non personal injury, the limit for small claims will be increased from £5,000 to £10,000 and for county court cases from £15,000 to £100,000.
These changes come as part of government’s response to Ministry of Justice consultation paper Solving Disputes in the County Courts which was originally due in October.
Simon Leighton, Managing Partner
Our injury claims team work with a wide range of accident related cases. If you or a member of your family have been injured in a road traffic accident, an accident at work or in a public place, see how Croftons can help you and contact Simon direct. Alternatively, you can complete our contact form and one of our injury claims specialists will get in touch with you.
Posted on 10.02.12
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