More reforms surrounding compensation claims

The Government have said that new legislation will be brought in next year to bring greater protection to small businesses and volunteers from negligence claims.


United Kingdom – WEBWIRE – Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I hope that [the Bill] will finally slay much of the ‘elf and safety’ and jobsworth culture that holds back much of our society. All too often people who are doing the right thing in our society feel constrained by the fear that they are the ones who will end up facing a law suit for negligence

The Government have said that new legislation will be brought in next year to bring greater protection to small businesses and volunteers from negligence claims. These reforms aim to tackle the supposed compensation culture in the UK, in addition to the sweeping changes that have already been made over the last year and a half.

The Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling, has said the aim of the new legislation is to protect small businesses when it is thought their negligent actions were done for the ‘greater good’. An example of people protected by the changes could include someone who was unwilling to clear a pathway in case this caused ice to form and someone then slipped and suffered injury. It would also protect people who are in the emergency services who are concerned about helping people in case there is a breach in health and safety rules.

Chris Grayling commented on the changes saying “I hope that [the Bill] will finally slay much of the ‘elf and safety’ and jobsworth culture that holds back much of our society. All too often people who are doing the right thing in our society feel constrained by the fear that they are the ones who will end up facing a law suit for negligence”.

As well recent reforms to personal injury claims in 2013 and the proposed changes to whiplash medical panels, there is a fear that these further changes will result in those people who have been seriously injured not being able to claim the compensations they deserve. In their fight against the apparent compensation culture in this country, the Government could have the potential to push things too far and make it even more difficult for victims of accidents to gain access to justice.

Freeclaim Solicitors have been helping people who have been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence to get access to justice for over 25 years. We believe it is important that if someone has been injured in an accident, they have the ability to claim the compensation they deserve to help cover the losses they have incurred as a result of their injuries, as well as future losses and needs.

Also it is all too quickly forgotten that many workplaces in particular now have improved safety and have made improved efforts to protect their employees, thus seeing declines in fatalities and injuries due to accidents at work.

At Freeclaim Solicitors, we deal with many areas of personal injury, including road traffic accidents, slips, trips and falls, accidents at work, accidents abroad, plus many other areas. As specialist personal injury solicitors, we are recommended by the prestigious Legal 500, and are also members of APIL, MASS and a member of the Headway panel, so you can be assured of quality expertise and service.

For free and confidential advice about starting your claim, visit our website at http://www.freeclaim.co.uk. Or you can call our helpline on 0800 612 7340, open 24 hours a day.


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