Currently, UK law personnel, including lawyers, solicitors and barristers, are protesting against the UK government’s plans to cut £220 million from the £2 billion annual legal aid contributions. The heavy taxpayer-backed legal aid makes it possible for any societal class of UK national to make a claim for any accident or injury. When they cut it, would it tarnish the UK’s compensation culture and budding “benefits tourism?”
I’ll give you a good insight. The compensation culture has its own ups and downs, specifically when people commit whiplash compensation claims. Whiplash injuries, as far as I know, induce nausea and disorientation due to a sharp pain in the neck. They can cost as much as £5000 in a single case. The trouble is that they have no physical mark in the body and their symptoms only appear a few days to a week.
If they cut legal aid budgets, people who like swindling insurance companies, who are defenceless against these claimants because it is more expensive to challenge the claim in court, would be reduced. It would be a great help because it reduces £2 billion from the insurer’s annual repayment for any form of whiplash.
It won’t be an insult to the UK compensation culture and no win no fee solicitors in my opinion, but just a good upstart to avoid legal abuse. Sure, the solicitors get paid less, they might claim the quality of legal services might get reduced, but the bottom line is that they still get paid and there might be possible balance to the UK’s compensation culture and legal system.
For the benefits tourism part, it only helps if anybody knows that you just don’t file a claim for something petty in the United Kingdom.