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July 29th 2013

Personal Injury

Don’t get mugged by an insurer: brain injury victims may lose out on vital compensation warns the Law Society

Don’t get mugged by an insurer: brain injury victims may lose out on vital compensation warns the Law Society

Blog by Andrew McGowan

Blog by Andrew McGowan

Neil Hudgell Solicitors is backing a plea from the Law Society that personal injury victims who have suffered brain damage should seek the advice of a specialist personal injury solicitor.

According to the Law Society, vulnerable individuals who often have especially complex claims will greatly benefit from the legal expertise of a solicitor.  In a recent press release, the Law Society quotes research from the Financial Services Authority which revealed that personal injury claimants who turned down an insurer’s initial offer and took legal advice from a solicitor received, on average, almost three times more compensation.  The Law Society’s release goes on to say that pursuing a claim with a solicitor will mean you will get what you are genuinely entitled to.

Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson said:  “The law in this country is clear: if you are harmed by the negligence of others, you are entitled to fair compensation. Solicitors specialising in personal injuries help to ensure this happens.

“Serious and debilitating injuries, loss of earnings or an inability to lead a normal life must not to be glibly dismissed in the myth of ‘compensation culture’.

People who suffer brain or spinal damage in many cases are not able to work. Some require round-the-clock care. It is absolutely vital that they get the compensation they deserve in order to pay for the support and care they may need, for months, years or lifetimes.”

As a leading personal injury lawyer with Neil Hudgell Solicitors, I have helped many clients with brain injuries.  Brain Injury is a specialist field and it is essential that anyone who has suffered this type of injury instructs a firm who understand his or her needs.

Neil Hudgell Solicitors has a number of key credentials.  We have Lexcel accreditation and are recognised by The Law Society of England and Wales for high standards of practice and expertise. In addition, Neil Hudgell Solicitors is included in the Headway Head Injury Solicitors List 2013, is a member of The Brain Injury Group and also has accredited status from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

From my work with clients and their families over many years, I have seen first-hand the benefits and positive results  following rehabilitation with the right referral and expertise.  At Neil Hudgell Solicitors, we give clients access to that specialist support whilst  many generalist firms are simply unaware of the issues or unskilled in that field.  Not getting the most appropriate rehabilitation can be catastrophic for brain injury clients and their families.

The Law Society of England and Wales has recently launched a ‘Don’t get mugged by an insurer’ campaign.  This urges the public to seek advice from a solicitor for personal injury claims.

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