Unless you’ve been woefully out of touch with modern British society, you’ve more than likely heard how evil and devious personal injury solicitors are, especially those that specialising in making whiplash claims. However, if you have sustained a neck injury through no fault of your own, you are going to need the specialised expertise that a qualified whiplash claims solicitor has in order to receive the personal injury compensation you will need in order to provide for yourself and your household while you recover from your injuries.
it’s not all smoke and mirrors
Much has been said about how personal injury solicitors are responsible for the so-called ‘compensation culture’ gripping the country. Critics say that personal injury lawyers are so keen to make money for themselves that they will encourage spurious injury claims, often to the detriment of the insurance industry, which then has to raise premiums for its customers in order to recover its heightened costs.
While it is true that a percentage of claims brought against insurers for personal injury are spurious – including those for neck injuries such as whiplash – this doesn’t diminish the fact that if you have a legitimate injury that was sustained in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you are still eligible for compensation. Whiplash is a particularly nasty injury in that the only true treatment is to let the injury heal on its own, and with severe cases of whiplash, this can mean weeks or even months of pain and discomfort that may preclude you from working – and for every day you miss from work, you’re going to find it that much harder to make ends meet, especially in the current economy.
Solicitors work for you, not the other way around
It’s important to remember that you’re the one enlisting the aid of a personal injury solicitor when you end up sustaining an injury that precludes you from working until you’ve recovered. You’re ultimately in charge, and with modern conditional fee arrangements – or ‘no win, no fee’ arrangements, you’re not even responsible for your lawyers’ legal fees.
This doesn’t mean that your legal team isn’t going to be compensated for their time and effort if your claim is successful; in fact, current legal procedures will see your lawyers being paid directly by a defendant, though this will soon change in April of 2013. Soon, legal teams will be paid out of the compensation awarded to successful claimants, but lest you worry that this will leave you with but a pittance, this new legislation also calls for an increase of around 10 per cent to compensation payouts while also reducing the maximum amount that lawyers can collect from success fees, all in an effort to safeguard the compensation payments made to those who are injured to the point where they cannot work until their recovery has completed.
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