Personal injury news roundup: 7 days ended 13 May 2014:
Personal injury lawyers are constantly defending themselves from an unending barrage of accusations of fomenting a ‘compensation culture’ against claimants.
In fact, the newest bit of ammunition for the anti-personal injury solicitor crowd has emerged in the form of a massive fraud ring that would have cost a car insurance company some £54,000 if it wasn’t caught. Luckily one of the vehicles involved in the road traffic accident claim had been fitted with a telematics device, those little satnav-like black boxes that record your every move whilst behind the wheel, and data retrieved from the black box revealed that the collision was so low-speed that it was an absolute impossibility for the injuries to have occurred.
I’m glad the fraud was caught early before the insurer had to pay out on it of course, but the fact that there was a scam in place in the first place just gives those pointing fingers at injury lawyers for compensation culture in the UK more to shout about as they attempt to make it harder to bring an accident claim. This is of course complete and utter bollocks, and that’s not just me saying it either – in fact the National Accident Helpline just released new figures revealing how crucial it is that those injured legitimately in accidents get their day in court; reducing access to justice for these injured would be disastrous for them.
The survey found that when it came to those injured in a workplace accident or something similar, a full 80 per cent needed to make an accident claim in order to recover at least a portion of their lost earnings from missed work or other costs associated with their injuries. These aren’t people out to defraud the system by faking a whiplash claim but legitimately injured folks who need help making ends meet in the wake of their accident! Reducing access to justice in an attempt to curb fraud activity is like amputating an entire limb because you’re afraid you might break a finger. It’s utter rubbish and people should know better, if you ask me!