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The Better Regulation Taskforce, in its report Better Routes to Redress, has come to the support of the much-maligned personal injury lawyer. We are not, it seems, vultures picking over the carrion of the nation’s public services, nor vampires sucking the blood from the helpless and turning the nation’s young into self-pitying handout junkies. Rather, we are servants of a modern, self-confident citizenry, who, when injured, seek no more than their legal rights. There is no out-of-control compensation culture. That is all a figment of the imagination of certain sections of the press (you can no doubt guess which sections). The number of personal injury claims went down last year, not up. Even the lady who spilled McDonald’s coffee on herself deserved her payout: just what we have been saying for a long time.

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