Time is running out for victims of road traffic accidents

The rights of road traffic accident victims to claim compensation for their injuries will be significantly reduced if reforms planned for 2020 are given the go-ahead.

In February 2017, the Government first announced its intention to fix compensation for minor injuries arising from a road traffic accident - including whiplash – at just £225, around a tenth of current compensation awards.

If approved, the reforms will also mean victims could have to pay their own legal costs. At the same time, the small claims limit for road traffic accidents will rise from £1000 to £5,000, meaning that more serious injuries will have to be dealt with without legal representation.

The changes affect anyone seeking compensation following a road traffic accident. Victims who delay their claims run the risk of reduced compensation and having to pay legal costs.

If you know someone who has been injured in a road traffic accident but has yet to make a claim for compensation, please urge them to claim while they still can.

For more information and expert advice on personal injury compensation, please contact Nick Berry at our Halifax office on 01422 339 605.

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