A survey conducted by a sector specialist law firm last spring OConnors LLP has come to a surprising conclusion that a fifth of all law firms representing personal injury cases in England could be put out of business due to new regulations in the industry, most notably making it illegal for solicitors to get payouts for referring cases. Some fees were as high as 700.
The changes apply to Road Traffic Accident portal and will include Employers Liability and Public Liability cases, and if the numbers in the survey add up in reality, could lead to over 100,000 attorneys leaving the practice by the end of this year.
Many people's impressions of personal injury attorneys come from advertisements seen on late night television seem to be trolling viewers in order to find claimants willing to go after a company or individual for a financial payout. There is a general understanding that many such law-firms are not looking or concerned with whether or not claims are legitimate, but are merely looking for any and every opportunity to get a payout both for the claimant and the firm that represents them.
Outside of the stigma though, it is easy to overlook the fact that personal injury attorneys are essential in a just society that promotes human rights and does not allow peoples rights to be violated.
When looking at the industry of personal injury attorneys, it is easy to cluster them all in the same group, and forget that many are well-intentioned people seeking to help people in dire situations and deliver the justice that they deserve.
Law firms such as Henry Carus & Associates in Melbourne, Australia operate on a no win no fee basis, which means that people undergoing injuries and fighting for just compensation for it do not need to operate under the fear that they could be adled with the added burden of debt.
Just as legal reforms in England are regulating the industry, the operational policies of well-meaning, ethical firms could be implemented into the legal code in Australia, England and elsewhere in order to ensure that those in the business for the wrong reasons, for simple financial payouts regardless of ethical considerations find it more difficult to operate, while legitimate legal firms find a legal code that gives them a climate where they can thrive.
Be it business or law, an ethical framework is necessary to inform how one operates within that industry. The government does step in, but only when they feel the need to regulate. By following the examples of ethical operators and their best practices, places like Australia and the US can avoid the sort of regulation that the government in England felt necessary to enact.
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