PERSONAL INJURY NEWS ROUNDUP: 7 DAYS ENDED 4 FEB 2014:
So it’s not news that people always blame personal injury solicitors for high legal costs, but could it be that the newest row is just a distraction tactic?
So I know it sounds a bit like a conspiracy theory, but leave off judgment until the end, will you? It’s not as far-fetched as you might think. Sure, there was a bit of a tussle caused when last year’s NHS legal bill was composed of some £200 million in legal fees alone – fees that are being amassed by ambulance-chasing medical negligence solicitors.
Truth be told there are some shady characters in the legal industry, but these are the exception and not the norm. The squeaky wheel certainly gets the grease, that’s true enough, but we can’t let a handful of right bastards sour us on the entirety of the legal community – especially not when there’s other more serious things going on.
For instance, isn’t it just a bit too convenient that this NHS data comes forward just as the Government announced it will be removing personal injury claims for mesothelioma’s exemption to the Legal Aid act? It’s true – now any claim for mesothelioma will be treated like any other bog standard personal injury compensation claim despite the fact that they’re so terribly different.
If you don’t know – and you probably do – mesothelioma takes decades to manifest thanks to the slow-acting damage that asbestos fibres cause to the lungs, and it’s not uncommon that the original firms that a worker had been employed by thirty or forty years ago to be shuttered today, leaving mesothelioma sufferers no recourse. Removing exemption status from mesothelioma claims means that the Legal Aid Act’s many limitations come into full effect – and this could mean ruin for anyone who’s suffering from the disease.
So like I said, how come this NHS nonsense comes forward just as the Government guts access to justice for mesothelioma sufferers? It seems awfully convenient, and that makes me think that medical negligence solicitors are being hung out to dry in an effort to dodge the spotlight. Even if it wasn’t done intentionally it’s certainly the result, wouldn’t you agree?