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The only change in Wales relating to claims for compensation relates to those against the NHS i.e. medical negligence. The NHS Redress (Wales) Measure 2007 will try and change how compensation is awarded to those that have been the victim of neglect or malpractice in an NHS hospital in Wales. Any compensation claim will be dealt with by the governing body set up rather than proceeding through the courts. You still have the right to have a Welsh lawyer assist you with the case but as this is a new implementation you would be best to speak to lawyers in Wales to get a clearer and more up to date picture of how legal fees are paid in such cases.
It was a Welsh court that was one of the first reported cases of a council successfully prosecuting individuals who attempted to make a false claim against them. The individual claimed they had tripped over a broken paving slab in Caerphilly Council’s district and sustained a knee injury which caused him to miss his football matches for 18 months. In fact, it was a football match on the day in question that had caused the injury and once found out the court ordered him to pay legal costs, estimated at over thirty thousand pounds, and sentenced him to 14 days in jail. His two witnesses were also convicted of contempt of court and fined one and half thousand pounds each.
Welsh compensation claims, due to the general layout of the population in that part of the UK, will normally be run from a distance whether you use a solicitor in England or Wales. Such is common practice and nearly all aspects of you claim can be managed via telephone calls and through the post. Welsh accidents do not have to be pursued by Welsh lawyers to feel free to call around until you find a law firm that sounds like they are particularly knowledgeable about your particular injury claim. You will find, especially with criminal injury and medical negligence compensation claims, that some firms specialise in a particular claim type which really does give great advantage, not only in the chances of that case succeeding, but also in the speed at which that claim proceeds.