As you may be aware, the Paul Rooney Partnership was featured in a Channel 4 documentary called Cutting Edge: Scams, Claims and Compensation Games. The programme was billed as a comprehensive look into the personal injury industry, and the process of claiming compensation.
Online PR News – 02-March-2010 – – As you may be aware, the Paul Rooney Partnership was featured in a Channel 4 documentary called Cutting Edge: Scams, Claims and Compensation Games. The programme was billed as a comprehensive look into the personal injury industry, and the process of claiming compensation.
The documentary followed three of our cases, and we feel it trivialised the injuries suffered in each case aired, whilst ignoring the fact that each claimant was injured through no fault of their own; for example, in the case involving the school, they had failed to repair an obvious danger (a sunken drain) in the playground; and in the case of the disposable razor, the manufacturer had produced a dangerous product.
While many will view the cases featured on the programme as quite trivial, there was no implication of the more serious work that we do, involving claimants who have been catastrophically or seriously injured due to another’s actions.
A lot of the footage shot was heavily edited, or removed completely from the final cut, in order to portray a false image of who we are and what we do. For example; Steve Ireland, a partner at the Paul Rooney Partnership who featured heavily in the documentary, went to great lengths to explain on film that we do not take on claims that we feel are unlikely to be successful, and that we have a vigorous vetting procedure in place to weed out potentially fraudulent claims. None of this footage was used in Channel 4’s final cut of the programme which we found disappointing.
The programme also played heavily on lazy stereotyping of the city of Liverpool and its people. Footage was shown of race-goers leaving the Grand National event at Aintree Racecourse last year, and the voiceover suggested that the event would be a “big weekend for compensation claims in Liverpool” due to increased trips and falls from ‘intoxicated’ race-goers. Not only was this clip completely irrelevant to the programme, it had no direct connection to the Paul Rooney Partnership whatsoever.
Furthermore, we received no more enquiries in April, the month during which the Grand National was held, than we received during any other month last year. In fact, we received fewer enquiries in April than we had in the previous month.
Since the program we have received many positive comments from people all over the country, commending us for our work for the “little man”, and how helpful our staff have been towards them when contacting us regarding injuries they have suffered.
The Paul Rooney Partnership originally agreed to take part in the documentary in the hope that it would change the public’s perceptions of personal injury solicitors and the industry as a whole. We are disappointed with the documentary makers’ use of selective editing, however we are extremely pleased with the positive response we have had from the general public who viewed the program.
We have been here helping people everyday for the last 30 years and will continue to provide our service to you as one of the leading personal injury law firms in the UK.