The Chief Executive of The Law Society, Desmond Hudson, last week warned that victims of accidents who receive brain and spinal injuries should seek the advice of a specialist solicitor or risk losing out on vital compensation. This follows the launch of The Law Society’s 'Don’t Get Mugged' campaign, which promotes the use of expert solicitors in personal injury claims and the negative response to this from insurers trying to negotiate directly with claimants.

Mr Hudson said: "Serious and debilitating injuries, loss of earnings or an inability to lead a normal life must not to be glibly dismissed in the myth of 'compensation culture' … The law in this country is clear - if you are harmed by the negligence of others, you are entitled to fair compensation."

Brain and spinal injuries can be devastating and disrupt every aspect of an individual’s life, and that of their family, and the long term effects often do not become apparent for some time. It is key that settlements are only considered when the effects of the injury have been fully assessed with all the right specialist input and it is crucial that solicitors managing these claims have the right expertise.

The Law Society has a recommended list of personal injury solicitors, as do the brain injury charity Headway, the Spinal Injuries Association and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and these are the quality marks that individuals should be seeking.