At the annual summer convention of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), it was quite clear to me that the increasingly sophisticated skills and props being utilised by catastrophic injury claimant lawyers to fight claims for damages mean that travel insurers and lawyers on all sides of a claim will need to raise their game and equip themselves with the highest quality legal representation to maximise their chances of success.

More than 3,000 claimant lawyers gathered in Baltimore, Maryland for four days of networking, information sharing, education, and advocacy updates, as well as several opportunities for community service and outreach.

Training sessions were given on cutting-edge legal strategy and advocacy skills, and presentations on the latest status, trends and verdicts in areas such as motor vehicle, trucking, nursing home, traumatic brain injury and testosterone therapy litigation.

As I am the founding co-chair of AAJ’s Spinal Cord Injury Litigation Group, I was delighted that the group hosted the Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation whose members gave a fascinating presentation on the latest research in pursuing new treatments for paraplegia and quadriplegia.

During the course of the convention I attended a wide selection of the intensive conference programme of 230 seminars and education workshops on offer to bring the latest skills and strategies to Penningtons Manches clients – both claimants and insurance companies – when dealing with Anglo-American travel claims.