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Small claims: big impact

Of all the changes facing the PI sector, the rise in the small claims limit presents the greatest risk to genuine claimants, says Alex Kenny

16 April 2012

Never has Bob Dylan so often been quoted as he has been in claimant lawyer circles recently. I have heard the lyric: “The times they are a changing” open and end so many speeches at personal injury conferences over the last few years that it is now somewhat cliché. As much as it pains me to start on a cliché, there is nevertheless a great deal of truth to Dylan’s words.

If the PI newsletters are to be believed, the country is heading for a situation where victims of road traffic accidents will be walking the streets, untreated, unrepresented and uncompensated. The insurance industry, on the other hand, will have you believe that the same victims walk the streets of England, faces lowered to the floor, unable to look the public in the eye due to the guilt of driving up insurance costs, or perhaps because they simply can’t support the weight of their own heads as a result of having “the weakest necks in Europe”: a phrase as, if not more, popular than the Dylan quot...

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