Insurers use the 'compensation culture' myth to help check the rise of legitimate PI claims

Merriman, Tony
March 2005
Lawyer;3/14/2005, Vol. 19 Issue 10, p14
Trade Publication
This article presents views of the author who is a personal injury (PI) lawyer about the so-called "compensation culture" myth that insurance firms use to help check the rise of legitimate PI claims. The author believes that there is scope for lawyers and insurance companies to make a real difference when they are involved in major claims, but the best results require cooperation, something that the fiasco over conditional fee arrangements over the past few years may have damaged irreparably. The insurance industry is claimed as a powerful one that has a major influence on government policy. One way to reduce claims, suggestively, is to persuade the public that claimant lawyers are the problem by propagating the myth of the compensation culture. It is difficult for insurance companies to control third-party claims because the claimants are not customers. The compensation culture myth is just one method used to help provide control.


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