Personal Injury Claims Require Commitment and Professionalism
In 2014 the media reported that a fifth of personal injury law firms in the north-west could be closed down. Yes, firms closed down but not in the amounts predicted.
Why did this situation start?
Broadly speaking personal injury work is difficult. Weaker firms are not able to operate with the levels of quality and professionalism demanded. A campaign group claimed that as many as 100,000 jobs were at risk across the industry. Yet the key thing about operating a law firm is that it takes commitment, hard work, an morality. Not all lawyers are unscrupulous.
Following the 5 year recession from 2008 businesses in general, especially SME’s in the retail sector found it hard to survive. There seemed to be little public sympathy for insurance companies and claims management companies. A public impression became evident that personal injury lawyers and CMC’s were ‘ambulance chasers’. This means a sort of corrupt individual bent on making money from false claims of whiplash injury.
Crashes for Cash
Therefore, the situation is exacerbated by a steep rise in criminal gangs organising ‘crashes for cash’. This is the practice of faking car accidents in order to make false personal injury claims. This costs £400 million annually and currently seems to be worse in central and northern areas of the UK. Indeed in 2016 81 people in Cwmbran in Wales in one case alone got sentenced by magistrates.
There are always going to be fake personal injury claims and CMC’s that batter the hell out of their phone lines to cold call potential claimants.
At PHC Law we treat every claim professionally and we certainly don’t cold call potential clients nor do we advertise ourselves on television for self-promotion and getting potential cases. We have been in business since 2001 and succeed by building good relationships with our clients. Claimants’ injuries are verified by an independent medical consultant. We are NOT a claims management company. Anyone is welcome to visit our office or to contact us about an accident at work or a personally injury they have had.
A lot has happened to the legal industry since 2014. CMC’s had their referral fees for personal injury claims banned by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).
The main concern is to protect motorists’ premiums from increasing. However much more work needs to be done, especially regulating insurance companies further, and tackling ‘crashes for cash’. Consequently, the best personal injury law firms then can get on with their business of resolving cases professionally.
At the end of the day, negligence damages lives. Legal cases need resolution.