Personal Injury Solicitors and Social Change

Posted by admin on February 22, 2012 at 11:09 am. Filed under: Compensation Claims

There is little doubt that personal injury solicitors have a poor reputation, as a whole. In fact, you could say the same for lawyers, dentists, accountants, politicians, and many other professions, but what many people don’t realise is that compensation law (and the lawyers that work in the field as specialists) has been a significant driver of social change.

Over the last century or so, the power of the personal injury compensation claim has helped bring about reforms in the healthcare sector, in advertising, and last but not least, in workplace health and safety. It could be argued that most of the positive changes would have occurred over time anyway but there is little doubt that compensation lawyers were well ahead of legislators at many points in recent history.

If those who were exposed to asbestos at work and then went on to develop serious illnesses didn’t stand up and seek compensation, backed by expert lawyers, then perhaps the laws governing the safe treatment of this lethal material wouldn’t be so stringent and more people would fall ill in the future. If people who suffered lung diseases after tobacco companies ignored research into the potentially harmful effects of smoking hadn’t chosen to take their story to the courts, perhaps the UK wouldn’t be doing so much work on tobacco-related health.

Such court cases can go a long way towards improving public understanding of an issue and even prompt politicians into action. While car accident claims may be a compensation solicitor’s bread and butter, there is a lot more to this branch of the law. Sometimes we also get to help to change the world on a broader scale.


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