Until April 1st 2013, those who make a claim for personal injury against a hospital or other healthcare organisation are entitled to Legal Aid to help cover the cost of litigation. Alternatively, their solicitor can act under a conditional fee agreement, known as ‘No Win, No Fee’. Generally speaking, claimants who are using Legal Aid or whose solicitor is employed on a No Win, No Fee basis do not have to pay any fees if their case proves to be unsuccessful and, in the event that they should win, any costs for litigation are recovered from the defendant. However, in April 2013 this is all set to change and many companies are asking if there is any benefit to be taken from additional personal injury training.

The Legal Aid System

The biggest change to  the Legal Aid system is that, although Legal Aid and No Win, No Fee are not going to be abolished, there are amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, that will have significant effects on the personal injury industry.

In essence, only those who have been injured during pregnancy, labour or during the first two months of life will be eligible to receive Legal Aid, regardless of whether they have a strong case or their income is very low. In addition, 25% of the damages awarded will be deducted by the Legal Aid Agency and used to help fund other claims. While on one hand this is a very noble gesture, on the other it could mean that significant sums of money are taken away from those who deserve it most or who are counting on that cash to make a difference to their post-injury lives.

No Win, No Fee

The changes to No Win, No Fee are less dramatic, but they will have an equally strong impact on the personal industry training industry. Because of the reduction in the availability of Legal Aid, there will be many more people seeking justice through No Win, No Fee arrangements. Regardless of whether or not the solicitor will now have to claim his fees from the claimant, calculated as a percentage, the lack of access to Legal Aid means that No Win, No Fee will be seen as one of the few courses of action open to those who have been injured as the result of neglect or malpractice.

Personal Injury Training

Consequently, the personal injury industry will become more of a ‘buyer’s market.’ Given that claimants will be risking a percentage of their damages as fees, potential clients are going to be more discerning than ever before. Rather than looking for firms who are content to rest on their former glories, claimants will be looking for dynamic lawyers who are prepared to move with the times and keep up with the constantly shifting sands of the legal landscape. Companies and solicitors that use additional legal training to keep up to date with new legislation and loopholes are going to be seen as a far better bet than those who simply rely on their reputation. In short, personal injury training is probably more relevant now than it ever has been.

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