What Does Brexit Mean for Personal Injury Law?
Many EU-based laws are applied to personal injury claims and the recent UK vote to leave the EU could leave many accident victims wondering how this will affect their legal remedies.
In the short-term, there is likely to be no immediate difference to personal injury law. Not much is likely to happen in the next two years and with all the parliamentary attention and time needed to negotiate the exit, it is likely that any previous suggestions for legislation might fall by the wayside. This is no bad thing, considering the recent concerning proposals for increasing the small claims limit and putting an end to low-value whiplash claims. It was indicated that the new proposals would be brought forward for implementation in 2017, and it is unlikely the outcome of the EU referendum will speed things up.
In the longer term, Brexit may make the claims process more complicated for injured people. For example there are many EU directives and regulations presently in force to assist victims of road traffic accidents to sue insurers directly in the UK and to protect those who have been injured by uninsured or untraced drivers whilst on holiday. Employees who suffer accidents at work are currently protected by EU regulations which have significantly improved health and safety standards in the workplace and, people injured abroad, particularly whilst on holiday in Europe, are able to sue the tour operator responsible and pursue their claim after returning to the UK.