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LAWYERS CALL FOR BAN ON COLD CALLING FOR PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS

01 Jun 2016
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A leading lawyers' association launches a national social media campaign today (June 1) to encourage victims of personal injury cold calling to 'Can the Spam'.

Not-for-profit campaign group the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) said cold calling exploits vulnerable people, and hopes its new cartoon will encourage people who are hounded by unwanted calls and texts about personal injury to report them to APIL.

"Cold calling for personal injury claims is exploitative, tasteless and intrusive," said APIL president Neil Sugarman. "Solicitors are not allowed to do it, for these very good reasons. But some claims management companies continue to hound people in this way and we want the Government to put a total ban on the practise.

"Until the Government is prepared to do this, we want people who receive these nuisance calls and texts to get involved in our social media campaign, which gives them easy routes to report their unwanted calls and texts, through our special Facebook page and Twitter account. We will then pass the information to the regulator.”

Mr Sugarman went on to explain that the Government has linked the scourge of cold calling and spam texting to its recent proposals to remove the right to claim compensation for some whiplash injuries.

“The Government has clearly got the wrong target in its sights,” he said. “If the problem is nuisance calls, why target people with genuine injuries by removing their right to compensation for their pain and suffering? The answer, surely, is to stop the problem at its source. Ban the cold calling. It’s that simple.

"The number of complaints received by the Information Commissioner’s Office about accident claim nuisance calls and spam texts rose by almost half between 2014 and 2015*," he went on. "We’re all fed up to the back teeth with it.

“As far as personal injury cold calling and spam texting is concerned, it has to stop."

To watch the cartoon, and find out how to get involved in the campaign, simply go to http://apil.org.uk/canthespam-373791.aspx

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Notes to editors:

  • * Information published by the Information Commissioner’s Office, 11 March 2016

  • Visit www.apil.org.uk/canthespam for more information.

  • Follow the campaign on @APILCanTheSpam and www.facebook.com/CanTheSpam

  • The campaign email address is canthespam@apil.org.uk

  • APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) is a not-for-profit organisation whose members are dedicated to campaigning for improvements in the law to help people who are injured or become ill through no fault of their own.

  • For more information contact APIL’s press and communications officer Jane Hartwell on t: 0115 943 5416, m: 07808 768623, e: jane.hartwell@apil.org.uk, or assistant press and communications officer Lizzy Freeman on t: 0115 943 5431 or e: lizzy.freeman@apil.org.uk.  

  • Further briefings and information about APIL and its campaigns are on the association’s website at www.apil.org.uk.

  • Follow @APIL on Twitter.

 

Past press releases

Government abandons full compensation for injured people, 23 Oct 2018
Extra pressure on NHS if Civil Liability Bill goes ahead, 03 Sep 2018
Bereaved relatives deserve fairness, 31 Aug 2018
Cut whiplash injuries with the headrest test, 15 Aug 2018
Grieving parents of stillborn babies fight for answers, 22 Jun 2018
Lawyers call for outright ban on cold calling for personal injury in Scotland, 01 Jun 2018
APIL, FOIL and MASS join forces for mediation project, 29 May 2018
Grieving relatives cruelly ignored by justice system, 27 Apr 2018

More past press releases

Head of Public Affairs
Lorraine Gwinnutt
0115 943 5400
lorraine.gwinnutt@apil.org.uk

Communications Manager
Jane Hartwell
0115 943 5416
jane.hartwell@apil.org.uk

Press & Communications Officer
Lizzy Freeman
0115 943 5431
lizzy.freeman@apil.org.uk