We received a call this week from a lady diagnosed with CRPS Type 1 following an accident at work. She is unhappy with the way that her claim is being handled by her current solicitors. That is fairly typical of the calls that we receive as specialist chronic pain solicitors, but there was something more worrying about this particular call.
What concerned us was that before calling us she had called an accident management company that she had found on the internet, who suggested that they had expertise in cases involving chronic pain. These ‘claims farmers’ are not solicitors, merely exploitative marketing companies looking to sell on your details to large call centre-type claims processors. Despite the poor service that she has received from her non-specialist solicitor, approaching an accident management company really would be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Fortunately, she was not taken in by their sales script and decided to continue looking.
A search by us today has revealed at least 6 of these accident management companies who are now targeting accident victims suffering long term chronic pain disorders. As these companies are subject to so little regulation, they are able to represent themselves as ‘specialists’ in anything they choose. Clearly, they have chosen victims of chronic pain as the target of their current campaign.