Is there a place for local personal injury advice ?

Is it important to use a local personal injury lawyer ?

The personal injury legal market is becoming increasingly dominated by the largest companies that have the biggest budgets. Maybe this is just the way of the world, but the way it tends to work in the injury claims market is through very heavy advertising and offer of significant inducements to those who sign up.

The injury market is dominated by firms who spend large amounts of money on tv advertising and an increasing budget on online activities, including pay per click. The inducements offered to clients who have cases accepted can be as high as £1,000.00 cashback or an IPAD. But is it a good idea to sign up for legal advice just based on who are the biggest company with the biggest budget ? With legal advice, surely it matters that you get the right advice ?

Well, for some kinds of personal injury cases, these can be largely straightforward, particularly in terms of establishing legal liability. The most obvious example of this would be whiplash – most whiplash cases involve a rear end shunt, and where that happens, the driver and passengers in the car in front, if they suffer a whiplash injury, will generally succeed with a claim. In that sense, it generally tends to matter little whether you use a big law firm or not, you are in pretty safe hands.

However, if you have a catastrophic injury or a nasty injury at work, or perhaps a claim for medical negligence, these are not straightforward personal injury claims. It is important, in those circumstances, generally to have an expert in those types of claims, and we would argue, to be able to meet with your solicitor regularly and develop the level of trust and confidence necessary between solicitor and client for these types of claims.

One firm which takes it’s local client base very seriously is Lloyd Green personal injury solicitors, who are based in Essex. The firm deliberately markets itself as the personal injury lawyers to go to in Essex. Unlike many of the other personal injury websites, the firm’s website also has bios for all it’s team of lawyers, is you get to see and find out about the specialist you will be dealing with. This makes a lot of sense.

So, all personal injury claims and all personal injury lawyers are not the same.

A very different side of personal injury

A very different side to personal injury claims

With all the bad publicity about personal injury claims and so-called “ambulance chasing” it can be easy to forget 2 fundamental facts :-

  • The vast majority of personal injury claims are valid and create huge pain and suffering for the victims
  • Damages under English law are generally low – it is claims for ongoing loss of earnings and care costs that account for the oft publicized few larger claims

With some personal injury claims, the injuries are so catastrophic as to make any damages claim, in practical terms of impact on the life which the injury has caused, almost meaningless.

In one such tragic case reported this week, a young woman was left paralysed from the neck down by an assault in a pub.

The reason this case made the press, other than the horrendous injury caused to this young woman, was firstly due to it being as a result of an assault over literally nothing in a pub, but also as it demonstrates that where injuries are caused by an individual, not in work or on the road, that person is highly unlikely to have insurance. This leaves only the option in the type of cases where the act is criminal (and the position is worse where no criminal assault has taken place) to make a claim against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, where damages are limited as coming from the public purse, and often wholly inadequate.

Of course in this kind of case, no damages could ever touch upon the catastrophic impact of the injury, but the lady will need constant care 24/7.

 In the case of this kind of paralysis, the damages are likely to be only £55,000.00 and the assailant is thought to haves no assets.

Even worse is that the assailants have been granted bail over Christmas. Frankly outrageous.