Personal injury news roundup: 7 days ended 4 Nov 2014:
Personal injury lawyers work hard for their clients regardless of the size of the personal injury compensation award at stake; it’s not the money that matters.
Critics and detractors of so-called ambulance chasing injury lawyers love to point out that these people are in it for the money, looking for the most lucrative clients to represent so they can line their pockets with court costs and lawyer fees. Meanwhile that couldn’t be farther than the truth.
For what it’s worth, personal injury solicitors are more about providing access to justice for injured people than they are trying to strike it rich. I mean let’s look at the news this week if you don’t believe me. Did you know that one factory worker just prevailed on his work accident claim after he was brained by a falling pipe – and that he “only” ended up with a £4,000 award. Not exactly big money going into the pockets of his lawyer there, let me tell you. The bloke missed something like seven weeks of work as his broken pate healed.
Still, that’s not to say that there aren’t massive payouts as well. Another case that grabbed headlines this week recounted how a massive £4 million personal injury claim case was resolved for a gravely injured man. The bloke in question ended up in a serious road traffic accident that left him with serious brain injuries that saw him having to re-learn how to speak and that drastically altered his personality to the point where the normally even-tempered man became, well for lack of a better term, a right bastrard.
Now if you ask me if anyone deserves a massive compensation payout in the wake of such a debilitating and life-changing accident it’s that man. It’s true that £4 million is quite literally a shedload of cash, but the man needs round the clock managed care, and unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that costs a serious amount of money – especially considering the man is only 26 and he’s got a very long life ahead of him.
And yes, the man’s legal team does of course end up being entitled to a large sum of legal fees from the settlement. But let’s be honest here – the lawsuit took eight bloody years to resolve. That’s a long time, and that’s a lot of court costs to recover!