Small claims limit rise questioned by solicitor group
The government's plans to raise the lower limit on small car accident claims have been questioned by the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS), which believes the move will lead to some road traffic accident victims not receiving the financial assistance they deserve.
Under current proposals, the minimum amount of compensation that can be pursued as a result of on-road collisions will go up from £1,000 to £5,000, which the government has stated will be an effective way of both lowering the current cost of court proceedings and reducing the number of fraudulent whiplash claims in particular submitted by unscrupulous firms of personal injury solicitors.
Representatives from MASS, however, have now explained that they feel the planned rise will unfortunately go beyond the government's aims, and will lead to genuine accident claimants suffering from serious injuries forced to challenge the opposing party's insurers without any assistance.
Although the influential group, whose members represent claimants that have endured the double blow of sustaining injuries and the writing off of their vehicles such as a used Ford Focus, admit that parliament's intentions are well-meaning, a spokesperson added that the proposal is 'ill-thought through' and, as it stands, will only benefit the insurance industry.
The Chair of MASS, Craig Budsworth, warned those behind the proposed legislation that 'people with injuries ranging from a collapsed lung to minor brain damage' will find themselves without representation if it goes through.
Fortunately, new models such as the 2013 Ford Focus for sale around the South West and elsewhere offer comprehensive and high tech safety performance values, which has led to a reduction in the number of road traffic accidents seen throughout the UK over the last few years; however, drivers understandably still want the reassurance that they will receive the help they need if such an accident cannot be avoided.
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