The extension of the personal injury portal has implied that clients may have to pay more for good service following the latest update. Public liability and personal injury cases worth up to £25,000 will now fall into the portal for the first time. Claimant Solicitors with cases worth up to £10,000 will be able to claim up to £900 and cases worth up to but not above £25,000 could recover £1,600.
Solicitors may have to tell claimants now that it is necessary to pay more if their case is more serious in order to get a more thorough service provided by a top personal injury solicitor rather than a trainee or paralegal.
It was believed that law firms would adopt a new approach to the conditional fee where deductions from damages are capped at 25% but this wasn’t the case.
The extension of the personal injury portal to employers and public liability cases could encourage insurers to benefit from reduced claimant fees and therefore top fighting a case as they cannot afford to pay personal injury fees for the sake of it.
Personal injury and legal experts will have to be wary in future. It is essential that a defendant know who the claimants insurers are prior to opening a case, without knowing the crucial details the portal will be irrelevant.
An example of a case that would automatically fall into the portal would be; a personal injury case where a serious injury has been received but liability has been admitted meaning that the claimant would be the loser.
The latest Personal injury news implies that personal injury lawyers will have to be more careful in future to lower budget cases and make it clear to the client that in order to get a better outcome they may have to pay more then expected.
Personal injury solicitors could see an increase of cases going through the portal at around six percent.