Friday, February 24th 2017 at 12:18PM GMT
Oliver Jeffcott – a solicitor from BL Claims Solicitors – has responded to the government’s plans to increase the small claims limit to £5,000, but only for RTA-related personal injury claims.
Mr Jeffcott – who specialises in representing cyclists involved in RTAs – argues that the new legislation will create two tiers of justice.
“The government has today announced that it will ignore the 5,995 cyclists who wrote with their objections to the increase in the small claims limit. Instead, the small claims limit for cyclists will be raised from £1,000 to £5,000,” commented Jeffcott.
“The changes, which are said to be implemented on 1 October 2018, will mean that cyclists will be unable to rely on solicitors to represent them where their injuries (not including financial losses) are worth less than £5,000.
“This could be a nasty injury – such as a fractured collar bone, which leads someone to be off work for several months. Injured cyclists will then be expected to bring cases themselves or through claims management companies who currently run PPI or travel delay cases. This is likely to lead to significant access to justice issues.