Thursday, 17 November 2011

Fighting for access to justice

As a member of the Consumer Justice Alliance (CJA) we at ARAG were very interested in seeing the video that they have just produced and released on YouTube. Called ‘Fighting for access to justice’ it looks at how the CJA are campaigning against the Government’s proposals for changes to civil litigation as presented in the LASPO Bill.

More importantly victims of accidents and medical negligence are invited to discuss their experiences and how their lives have been transformed not only by their illnesses or injuries but how they managed to turn it around thanks to the compensation and support they received as a result of being able to claim through the current system.

As one victim of medical negligence describes in the film, “changing the funding regime will make it harder for people to have their claim properly investigated and also for the hospital to change the practices that allowed it to happen and deny them full compensation for the loss they have suffered.”

The risk of having to pay for legal fees should the decision go against you would have been too much of a barrier for the people speaking in the film and they all explain that this is not a risk that they could have taken.

Nigel Meurs-Raby, Chairman of the CJA concludes the film by saying, “These are real people who are real victims with injuries that are not their fault. We need to do everything that we can to make sure that this dreadful new legislation doesn’t end up on the statute book.”

Watch the video in full here:

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