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Law Society advice for personal injury blizzard

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With the country’s roads ominously glistening after Jack Frost’s yearly advances, reports have suggested that personal injury claims will increase, as the population struggles to keep its footing amidst an influx of ice.

This year’s big freeze has seen parts of the UK rival the South Pole at -21ºc and injury claims will naturally begin to flood the legal market due to slippery conditions. In response to the increase in activity, the Law Society has issued guidance for all consumers looking to launch personal injury claims.

Those interested in the process have been told to contact a specialist solicitor first and foremost. While some claims management companies can offer help with compensation claims and technicalities, such as after the event insurance, they will have limited legal expertise and lack the necessary qualifications to service a claim.

“Solicitors are very approachable and many offer free first interviews for personal injury claims so there is no need for consumers to use a claims management company to make a claim,” said Law Society President, Robert Heslett.

“Consumers should always approach a solicitor directly when they want advice about a personal injury claim. Going through a claims management company could delay your case and will introduce a middle man who offers no benefit.”

Those consumers that have already signed contracts with such claims management companies have been reminded that there is a 14-day cooling off period in which to cancel any deals.

The Society has also raised awareness of ‘cold-calling’ by those wishing to take advantage of a January slip. Individuals arriving at front doors or hospital bedsides unannounced, promising to help with injury claims, are banned from doing so by government regulations.

Written by Andrew Hodges

January 14, 2010 at 10:59 pm

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