My name is Maarten Tromp and for more than 25 years, I have supported victims and survivors in personal injury cases (the general name for personal damages and damages in the case of death), with heart and soul. The adjustment process can be unnecessarily inflexible and rigid. I truly regret that. I would like for this process to be more balanced, more efficient and fairer. For this reason, I will be launching 95 statements on 31 October 2017 (Reformation Day), as did Martin Luther 500 years ago. These statements together represent a plea for introducing personal injury 3.0.
Need for personal injury 3.0
Over the years, our profession has been subject to some changes. With the term personal injury 1.0, I refer to the period in which the cases were resolved without the involvement of one or more professional third parties, such as, for instance: a medical adviser, an occupational health expert, a rehabilitation expert, a business economist and/or a actuary accountant. In the current period of personal injury 2.0, we do involve these professional third parties in the process and the victim is given more of a central position.
However, the last few years I have signalled that parties still tend to lose sight of the victim. It is said that the adjustment process is becoming more uncompromising too.
Which is why I am making a plea for personal injury 3.0, in which the victim is not only given central stage, but the professionals involved sincerely work together, for the purpose of restoring the victim’s autonomy (being, among others, independence, freedom of action and self-sufficiency). Because only then will the victim be able to (continue) realising their (new) goals in life – creating a win-win situation.
Reform through 95 statements
These 95 statements not only contain suggestions for improving the adjustment process, but also invite us to end certain discussions and to open others. Let me share the following statement with you, as an appetiser:
Statement 26: “return to autonomy” should replace “placing the victim on centre stage”.
The next announcement will be released on 24 October 2017. In this, I will tell you more about the message behind the statements. The last announcement will take place on Sunday, 29 October 2017. In it, I will explain the release of these 95 statements a little further, as well as the discussion I hope to trigger with them. On 31 October 2017, the actual statements will be released. Where, when and how is something that I will keep under wraps for now.
You can start supporting my initiative already by sharing this message within your network. For that purpose, please us the social media buttons in this message. If you do, could you then use the hashtag #Tromps95 in your tweet?
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Also on behalf of all victims and all survivors, I would like to thank you for spreading this message winthin your network, as a consequence of which also you can contribute to the (international) legal developments in our discipline. Everyone can in life be affected by personal injury. And you can now help make the difference.
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Maarten Tromp & the team of Maarten Tromp Advocaten