News the UK government may drop plans which would have resulted in many people being unable to recover compensation for injuries was hailed today as a victory for access to justice by the Law Society of England and Wales.
Law Society of England and Wales Chief Executive Catherine Dixon said: ’We’re delighted the government has recognised that its proposed changes to personal injury claims would hamper access to justice, particularly for those on lower incomes. Anyone who suffers injury through no fault of their own should be entitled to claim the compensation they need to help them recover and get on with their lives.
’We are very pleased that the government has recognised the importance of ensuring that everyone, including the most vulnerable in society, has the right to access justice when they are injured by someone else’s negligence.
’Many personal injury claims, even at lower value, can be complex and can result in a David and Goliath situation where the person bringing the claim is unrepresented.
’Ordinary citizens who have suffered minor soft tissue injury need expert legal help to navigate the court system and rely on specialist solicitors to help them secure the compensation they are entitled to.
This decision is great news for ordinary citizens and for access to justice.’