Personal injury claims now have to be administrated through the Government Claims Portal set by the Ministry of Justice.
London, UK -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/03/2013 -- There are a number of ways in which personal injury claims can be made, with the chosen approach dependent on the claimant’s legislation knowledge and personal location. In the UK at least, the most prominent method for making personal injury claims is through the Ministry of Justice’s Claims Portal.
This online platform was initially introduced to handle low-value claims relating to road traffic accidents. Today however, following changes in the laws surrounding personal injury claims, it can be used for accepted claims for up to £25,000 covered by employer liability or public liability. The Ministry of Justice has delegated that personal injury claims falling within the scope of the pre-action protocols must be processed using the Claims Portal.
This extension in the value and volume of personal injury claims on the Claims Portal has been introduced to minimize the culture of ‘where there’s blame, there’s a claim’ that has grown in Britain in recent years, as well as providing a simpler and faster method than going to court. In addition, the cost of communication is reduced, thus reducing the claimer’s referral fees and the Portal also ensures that information can be transferred between parties in a more secure and efficient way.
As of 1st August this year new personal injury claims have been dealt through the portal and firms such as Claims Direct are familiar with the changes and are aware that any organisation and its insurers must be registered with the Ministry of Justice platform. Organisations and its insurers that are registered on the Claims Portal attract the fixed costs for personal injury claims, spelling the end of ‘no win no fee’ claims which had been seen to be driving up the cost of insurance.
The online Portal does not eliminate the need for a solicitor or indeed a free initial consultation with a solicitor, but it has been created to protect all parties involved in a personal injury claim.
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