Ban Cold Calling, not Claiming

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In its press release yesterday, the Association of Personal Injury Solicitors (APIL) has hit the nail on the head.  They say that "the Bill will simply be a charter for the insurance industry to print money at the expense of injured individuals." 

I couldn't agree more and share their grave concern with the problems many of us have with 'cold calling' and unsolicited text messaging. I have for example been receiving calls and messages for months about an accident, which I know nothing about. APIL propose the following:

-- a ban on the passing on of injured people’s private details without their explicit consent, on every occasion

-- an extension of the strict ban on cold calling which currently applies to solicitors.  Insurers and claims management companies must be held to the same rigorous standards as solicitors.

-- tighter regulation of personal injury advertising to prevent misleading, exploitative and distasteful advertising

-- a strict duty on insurers to report suspicions of fraud to claimant lawyers as soon as they arise:  sharing information in insurers’ possession is the surest way to tackle fraud.

Common sense should prevail, but I fear it won't.

Grant Evatt

Senior Solicitor -  Personal Injury team 

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