There have been many changes to the law in the last five years, budgets have been cut, costs have been restricted and legal aid is all but gone.
While these changes have all been directed at legal professionals, limiting and restricting how they work and get paid for their work, the ones who suffer are the general public.
As they lose their Access to Justice, by losing affordable legal representation.
People who have low value, but valid claims are finding themselves without any kind of legal representation, going up against large insurance companies and their extensive legal teams all alone, with no legal advice.
This is because legal professionals cannot financially afford to take on these cases anymore. As claims for injuries which are valued at less than £25,000.00, have had their costs fixed. Meaning that regardless of how much work is involved the pay will always be the same and this is usually a lower amount than the work involved, more work for less pay effectively, meaning large write-offs for firms.
Also, previously the losing party was responsible for the winning parties’ costs (so if you won the claim the Defendant insurance team would pay your legal costs) now they are only responsible for a part of those costs and the remainder will come out of your compensation. This is limited to 25% of your compensation, but if your legal professional has done ten hours’ worth of work and your compensation is a few thousand, then 25% of that won’t cover the work involved.
This means less compensation for you and the risk of going out of business for firms that take on these cases.
So more and more of the UK public are finding themselves with perfectly valid claims but no legal advice or help and with the budgets of free legal advice clinics being cut free legal advice is thin on the ground.
That’s where LawCat steps in.
My name is Katie, and I started LawCat when I noticed the deplorable way our legal system treats individual claimants. I have spent over eight years working in Personal injury and have created the LawCat guides to help you bring your claim your way!
The first of these guides How to Win Your Car Accident Claim comes out on 1st November 2018.
In this guide you will learn how to:
- Successfully bring a Personal Injury Claim Yourself
- Achieve the Amount of Compensation Your Claim is Worth
- Keep Complete Control of Your Claim
- Value your Injury Accurately
- Easily Draft Letters and Forms
This completely updated edition of How to Win Your Car Accident Claim provides you with the tools to bring your claim your way.
What Will Be Covered By This Guide:-
- What to Do Before Starting Your Claim
- How to Fund your Claim
- How to Start your Claim
- What Happens if the Defendant Denies or Admits Liability
- How to Value Your Claim
- Everything You Need to Know about Medical Experts
- How to Draft Witness Statements
- Everything You Need To Know about Court Proceedings
- Preparing Yourself for Your Trial
- Enforcing Your Judgement
- Appealing your Judgement
The Guide will also contain FREE downloadable Bonus Template Letters And Forms
If you’re ready to take control of your claim, you need this book!
In my day-to-day life as a Legal Executive I help clients get a fair amount of compensation for physical injuries caused by another’s negligence, injuries caused by the negligence of medical professionals, and unfair or discriminating treatment by employers against their employees. I generally enjoy my work, as while money will never be able to ‘fix’ a negligent situation aka it will never be able to take you back in time and stop the negligence from occurring, it can make life more manageable in the aftermath.
A good example is the clients whose lives have been undeniably changed due to negligence to the point where living in their old homes without any modifications is a genuine trial, compensation can help make your home liveable again. Compensation, when properly managed, can be a force for good and in the UK, there are strict rules governing how compensation is calculated and assessed.
I am aware that unless you work in the legal profession it can be difficult to even be aware of these rules’ existence, let alone be familiar with them. So, I am never surprised when client’s have unrealistic expectations regarding compensation. This article is designed to combat these expectations, by explaining the ways in which compensation is calculated, thus providing a basic understanding that will help put unrealistic expectations in perspective.
One of the most common questions raised when you consider bringing a claim for compensation is “will it be worth it?” It is commonly known that bringing a claim is a long, laborious and stressful process. It is not something that should be taken on lightly. Even if your legal team do the majority of the heavy lifting for you, you will still need to be involved and you will need to be able to commit to the case. Therefore, it is not uncommon for many people to want to know if the hard work and the potential stress involved will be worth it.
When bringing a compensation claim there are certain things your solicitor won’t tell you. These secrets are not damaging to your claim and will not put you at any risk for not knowing them, many legal professionals wish they could tell clients this information but don’t due to the professional nature of the relationship. However, today I have decided to share the top three pieces of information that I have noticed most legal professionals have confessed that they wish they could tell their clients.