If you purchased, leased or financed a diesel Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT or Skoda motor vehicle manufactured between 1st January 2008 and 1st January 2016, you will have probably heard of Dieselgate, and you may be entitled to compensation.
What is Dieselgate?
Dieselgate, also known as Emissionsgate, refers to the scandal which saw the Volkswagen Group manipulate 11 million vehicles worldwide to cheat diesel emissions tests.
This shocking deceit came to light in September 2015 when the United States Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the VW Group had violated the Clean Air Act.
In the biggest scandal to hit the car industry in decades, investigations by government agencies around the world led to the car manufacturer admitting that they had fitted their vehicles with ‘defeat devices’.
These defeat devices meant that emissions control systems only worked while it was being tested; the vehicles did not meet emissions regulations when being driven.
Customers in the UK have been denied compensation
The class action in the US and other countries around the world has set a precedent. Now LGWP Law are taking on the case in England and Wales to hold the Volkswagen Group accountable and compensate consumers who have been affected.
If you think you might have been affected, here are seven reasons why you should start your claim today.
1. Receive the compensation you’re entitled to
VW customers around the world, including in the US, Canada, Australia and Germany, have already been compensated by the VW Group. These claimants have received thousands of dollars or euros in compensation.
Based on these settlements, up to one million people in England and Wales could still be eligible to claim thousands in compensation.
2. Hold car manufacturers accountable for their actions
As a claimant, this is your opportunity to send a powerful message to manufacturers that excessive pollution is unacceptable and that they must do better.
The unethical actions of the Volkswagen Group violated the rights of people everywhere to breathe clean air.
Unlike in an election where everyone gets a vote, here only people who have, or had, an affected car have a voice. Use your voice to speak up for everyone affected by pollution.
3. Make a stand for the environment, our health and clean air
Clean air is vital – for our environment and our health. The defeat device misled the European regulator’s emissions testing system into believing the vehicles complied with the required standard when they did not.
In a violation of emissions regulations, when the vehicle was on the road nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions were up to 40 times over the permitted limit. NOx causes problems including:
● Respiratory illnesses in humans
● Poor air quality
● Acid rain
In the first UK trial against the Volkswagen Group, Mr Justice Waksman relied upon an existing case which stated “Exposure to nitrogen dioxide in the air carries with it significant risks to human health.”
“A recent analysis from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs estimates that exposure to nitrogen dioxide has ‘an effect on mortality equivalent to 23,500 deaths annually in the [United Kingdom]’.”
4. We believe that you are a victim of deceit
You were sold a vehicle that you were led to believe complied with emissions regulations. The price you paid would have reflected that fact. The manufacturer didn’t tell you that the vehicle was fitted with a defeat device, something to which the Volkswagen Group admitted to in 2015.
When you sold, or sell, the vehicle, you may get less money for it than you would have, had it met emissions standards.
5. Time is running out…
…But it’s not too late to claim.
The existing claimants in England and Wales have had an initial victory at court, but with several legal issues yet to be resolved we are accepting new clients so there is still time for you to make a claim.
You must act fast. You should sign up to make your claim by 31st December 2020.
6. You have nothing to lose
Your claim will be processed on a no win no fee basis and will not cost you anything unless it is successful.
If your claim is successful our fee is one of the fairest - 30% plus VAT if we have to go to court and as low as 20% plus VAT if there is no need to go to court.
7. If you don’t file a formal claim, you will lose the right to do so
One million people in England and Wales are yet to make a claim. Despite the fact that the Volkswagen Group have paid out across the world, affected VW Group customers in the UK have yet to receive any compensation.
If you don’t claim, you will lose your legal right and the Volkswagen Group won’t be held to account.
The process is simple and we’re on hand to help every step of the way
Our transparent, automated claims system allows you to provide information and documents about the vehicle online. We guide you through the entire process and offer helpful tips for finding your car’s information.
Once you sign up to make a claim, our team of paralegals are on hand to answer any questions through our live chat feature. Alternatively, please contact us on 02921 202921 if you have queries.
To find out whether you are entitled to compensation, start your claim today on a no win no fee basis.
LGWP Law is a division of Cardiff based solicitors LG Williams & Prichard, one of the oldest law firms in South Wales. Since its foundation in the 1850s the law firm has established a strong reputation for placing clients at the heart of the business providing a personal, friendly and effective service across a wide range of areas of law.
LGWP Law is a trading name of LGWP Limited (Company Number 10730073)
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