Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
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To The Scotsman re: Scotland set to become first choice to bring personal injury actions

04 Nov 2019
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The notion that severely injured people in England and Wales will flock to make their compensation claims in Scotland under the more favourable system is overblown and absurd.

The vast majority of people injured in England or Wales are unlikely to be able to ‘forum shop’ and issue their claims north of the border because there will be no substantial Scottish links to their cases. A man who has suffered life-changing injuries at work for a Scottish company on English soil, for example, could be able to start his claim in Scotland, but these incidences are uncommon. Judges are clear that they are wary of allowing cases with tenuous links to proceed.

The writer also wrongly conflates fraudsters with people who have genuine, avoidable injuries. Let’s be clear: making a fraudulent compensation claim is a crime. Pursuing the right to redress for injuries inflicted by the negligence of others is a cornerstone of a modern and fair society and no-one should be vilified for doing so.

Ronald E Conway

Scotland co-ordinator for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Past letters to the press

Regional newspapers: Being late is taken more seriously than being injured needlessly, 28 Jan 2020
The Scotsman re: Rachel Henry and Alistair Kinley: Fraudulent and dishonest claims getting off Scot-free, 16 Jan 2020
Discount rate disparity in Northern Ireland must be addressed - Belfast Telegraph, 16 Jul 2019
Inquests for stillborn babies , 18 Jun 2019
RE: Firms still fuel rising costs as premiums fall (1 May), 01 May 2019
Regional letter - mesothelioma payment scheme must be extended for all asbestos related diseases, 03 Apr 2019
Regional letter - Psychiatric harm , 19 Dec 2018
Glasgow bin lorry tragedy , 28 Nov 2018

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