Tackling the myth of ‘ambulance chasers’

Not to mention the ‘compensation culture’ and all the other terms the Daily Mail like to toss around with careless abandon.

I read a very interesting post from a fellow personal injury blogger today, in which she acknowledges that there are, as with any walk of life, some people out there who will always seek to gain a pecuniary advantage with the smallest amount of expenditure to themselves. What i mean by this, specifically in this case, is that there are those lazy types who seek to defraud any system that will result in them gaining money: insurance, benefits, and of course, personal injury claims.

Where the advocates of abolishing the ‘compensation culture’ come in is about here: arguing that hordes of different people in Liverpool who submit a claim for tripping on the same piece of pavement are representative of the country going to the dogs and ending up like the litigation-obsessed US.

Such people are being dishonest and are trying to get something for nothing, they say. And you know what? They’re right.Of course they are.

Personal injury compensation gets a bad rap, it has to be said. The hysterical media picks up the cases submitted by dodgy applicants and handled by crooked, greedy lawyers. These cases make up a minute proportion of all the cases out there, and perpetuate the negativity surrounding the industry.

Genuine companies, such as those that helped Antony Williams or Anthony Moore don’t send a representative to sit slavering at hospital bedsides, or leave leaflets poking out of cracks in the pavements in case someone trips and hurts themselves. If a firm indulges in ‘ambulance chaser’ tactics they’ll be given the industry’s cold shoulder.

If a claimant is injured seriously enough to put them out of work or cause them some sort of long-term suffering, they are entitled to claim compensation to pay for treatment or to recover lost wages. If they are not seriously hurt, the accident is their own fault or if they are indeed a fraudulent chancer, they won’t have to leg to stand on. Genuine,  properly-regulated lawyers wouldn’t touch such opportunists with a barge pole, and are getting slightly peeved with the constant draping of negative labels upon them.