Should TV ads for personal injury solicitors be banned?

If you’re one of those people who get totally fed up with seeing adverts for personal injury solicitors springing up during the commercial breaks, you’re not alone!

A recent survey by YouGov discovered that personal injury lawyers, cigarettes, payday loans and gambling are areas that the public believe should not be allowed to advertise on TV. Almost 80% of the British public are against adverts for cigarettes, while 65% said injury solicitors should not be allowed to advertise.

The research was carried out after the BAAPS called for a ban on advertising cosmetic surgery procedures. The survey results found that 63% of respondents agreed with the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. A similar percentage said ads for providers of abortion should be banned.

Only 11% of respondents were against universities advertising, while 15% were against TV ads from manufacturers of children’s toys.

Meanwhile, the Association of British Insurers has welcomed the coalition’s plan to speed up the payment of low value personal injury compensation to victims of road traffic accidents.

Claims for compensation up to £25,000 will now be processed through a faster system that should halve the settlement time. Previously this was only available for claims up to £10,000.

Nick Starling, the ABI’s director of general insurance, thinks the move will benefit around 55,000 people who were injured on our roads last year. He also urged the government to continue reforming civil litigation to make sure the compensation system becomes more cost efficient.



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