It seems like everyone’s gone barmy when it comes to personal injury compensation, just because of the new Legal Aid law that’s going into effect in April of 2013 – and apparently insanity is a bit contagious, if you judge by the last week’s trending news stories.
There are fears that the Government’s planned crackdown on whiplash-related personal injury claims will be too bureaucratic, according to Jonathan Willett, director for the Teeside office of Henderson Insurance Brokers.
The Government needs to take on no win no fee lawyers that are driving the compensation and personal injury claims culture in the UK, according to the North Lincs Health and Safety Group’s chairman, Dave Jones.
Personal injury solicitor firms are feeling the heat in the current economic landscape, as highlighted by the sudden death of one Manchester-based firm’s staff being made redundant and its ongoing cases sold on – while luckier firms face consolidation and market shake-ups instead.
Lord Neuberger, the Master of the Rolls, has slammed the system that allows personal injury solicitors to charge fees of £74,000 when the compensation awarded to their client was less than £13,000.
Thanks to the 1,500 personal injury claims made every day for loss of earnings and emotional and physical damage caused by car accidents, the UK has been crowned the ‘whiplash capital of Europe,’ personal injury solicitor experts say.
Personal injury solicitors may be interested to learn that NHS trusts have been told to take down advertisements promoting their no win no fee services.
Two miners’ personal injury compensation schemes have resulted in personal injury solicitors making more than £1.2 billion in legal fees, it has recently been revealed.
While no win no fee lawyers have been on the receiving end of a bit of grief recently thanks to the Government and news media bemoaning the rise of the so-called ‘compensation culture,’ these personal injury solicitors work hard to make sure their clients get the compensation they deserve.
Dudley Council has thrown out around 55 per cent of the 830 personal injury claims that have been made against it since the beginning of 2008, claiming that unscrupulous personal injury solicitors have been encouraging ‘spurious’ compensation claims to be made.
At the beginning of this week, the Daily Mail reported that the Labour Party is cashing in from ambulance chasing personal injury solicitors.
Jack Straw, the former Home Secretary, wants to see the government cut in half the amount of money personal injury solicitors receive when they administer motor insurance injury claims.