The term “Ambulance Chaser” is clearly not meant to be a compliment as it gives an image of dodgy lawyers and false claims. We accept that there may be a very small number of lawyers who may be dodgy and claims that may be false. However, the term does not in any way describe the good and necessary work that the vast majority of Personal Injury lawyers do for their clients and for society generally.
The term Ambulance Chasers is part of the myth of the “Compensation Culture” [need link to previous question: Should I make a claim for compensation? Is it right to claim compensation? I don’t want to be part of the “Compensation Culture” so what do I do? What is the “Compensation Culture”?] The insurance companies would like Claimants not to make a claim, for obvious reasons, and so they have led a media campaign for many years to portray people who make claims for injuries following an accident as money-grabbing, probably exaggerating and maybe even lying and the lawyers as “Ambulance Chasers” i.e. encouraging people to make claims even if the claims are not true. However, the “Compensation Culture” is a myth with the number of accident claims falling each year and the number of fraudulent claims being less than 0.2% of claims submitted.
The term “Ambulance Chasers” is not accurate at all. Personal injury lawyers are strictly forbidden by the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority from advertising in such a way as to encourage anyone to make a claim and there are very serious consequences for Solicitors who knowingly pursue fraudulent or false claims. Solicitors are also banned from making cold calls to people to try to drum up an accident claim. It is Claims Management Companies that place the adverts or contact you on the phone trying to encourage you to make a claim. [need link to answer above: Should I instruct a Solicitor or a Claims Management Company to deal with my claim?]. If you would like to find out more about Claims Management Companies, read our article here: – https://leech.co.uk/do-i-have-to-instruct-a-solicitor-to-deal-with-my-claim/
Personal Injury lawyers provide a valuable and necessary service for their clients. They ensure that innocent victims of accidents receive the appropriate medical treatment as swiftly as possible, that they are compensated for any financial losses, for example lost earnings and that they are correctly and fully compensated for the pain and suffering of their injuries. This must be a good thing and it seems strange to us that lawyers are criticised for doing this.
Personal Injury lawyers also provide a wider benefit for society generally. They play a role in making the roads, workplaces, public places etc safer places and maintaining standards in healthcare. We are clearly biased, but this is a fact. To make a claim for compensation following an accident or negligent healthcare ensures that the accident is investigated, the cause of the accident is confirmed and steps are taken to ensure a similar cannot happen again. This means that Health and Safety practices, standards and procedures are regularly examined, maintained and improved. This is, in part, due to the work of Personal Injury lawyers.
It is, of course, a personal opinion whether Personal Injury lawyers do good work for their clients and whether or not it is right to make a claim for compensation after an accident. However, we have been fortunate to be in a position to help many, many people over the years recover from a traumatic experience and help them get back on their feet and so it is our belief that what we do is good and we intend to carry on doing it as long as we can!
If you want to chat about the “Compensation Culture”, Ambulance Chasers” or making a claim generally, call us on 061 749 9000 (or click here to request a call back [need a call us button]) for a free, without obligation chat.