A PERSONAL injury specialist is providing a boost for local charities.
Chartered legal executive Ray Deans, who lives at Deighton, has set up Legal Consultancy Services to advise individuals on making personal injury claims – with a pledge to donate £150 to the charity of the claimant’s choice for each successful claim.
Mr Deans was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, but came to England in 1997 to read law at Wolverhampton University.
He spent 13 years as a frontline paramedic with the NHS before working as a personal injury adviser to a national trade union and going on to head and supervise personal injury departments in a number of law firms. He has worked in personal injury since 2000.
With his new business, Mr Deans aims to provide an alternative to the “high volume” claims management companies and provide a buffer between the claimant who may feel pressured into accepting a settlement and the insurance companies.
“We make sure the claims are worked on by our experts and we deal one-to-one with the client,” he said.
“A lot of people are put off by the fact that the claims system can be like a sausage machine.
“It is very impersonal. But even the most simple accident may be the worst thing that has ever happened to the client and it is a very important matter to that individual.”
Said Mr Deans: “My aim is to represent the individual. They deserve a fair crack of the whip.”
Mr Deans, whose business is based at Brighouse, is a corporate supporter of Elland’s Overgate Hospice. He is also looking to work with other charities as part of his commitment to run an ethical business.
“Every time there is a successful claim, a charity will get a £150 contribution,” he said. “It is as simple as that.
“That contribution doesn’t come out of the client’s damages. I am able to make the donation on the client’s behalf because I don’t charge referral fees.”
Said Mr Deans: “I am a great believer in community and supporting local charities.”.