Solicitors must do more to safeguard the rights of victims, according to new Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) president John Spencer.
In his first speech to members, Mr Spencer spoke of the need to provide “an effective voice” for injured people, and called on colleagues to campaign for changes that bring caring for the victim at the fore.
He also revealed that the organisation would focus on campaigning for compensation for those who suffer psychological damage after the death of a love one, as well as pressing ahead with the battle to end pre-medical compensation offers to soft tissue injury victims of minor road accidents.
Getting victims the rehabilitation and compensation they need
Among many areas of concern, Mr Spencer was particularly critical of insurers who cause delays in compensation claims, which can result in victims facing a delay before they can begin rehabilitation or physiotherapy for serious injuries and illnesses.
He said that getting medical attention for catastrophic injury victims as quickly as possible could greatly aid the recovery process. In addition, he noted that insurers who provide no obstacle to the injured person beginning rehabilitation quickly could end up paying smaller sums in overall damages. This should provide an incentive “even if the prospect of just doing what is right does not”.
Making a claim with Croftons Solicitors
At Croftons, we are committed to helping all our clients receive the necessary medical treatment at the earliest possible opportunity, while we get on with the task of securing them the compensation they deserve.
Our primary focus will always be justice for victims, so whether you are injured on the road, at work or in public, call us on 0800 2800 094 and see how we could help you make a claim against those responsible.