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14 April 2014 / legal-blog
Personal injury sufferers in the UK face losses of thousands of pounds, as well as real financial and emotional hardship, according to our new report, out today.
We commissioned the Real Cost of Personal Injury report to start a debate about the wider misconception about a claims culture.
For years, the media have been claiming that the alleged compensation culture in Britain is ‘out of control’. We wanted to show that rather than Britons’ claims being inappropriate, it’s the argument behind a ‘compensation culture’ that is flawed.
Based on independent research by leading research agency Populus, our report reveals that thousands of Britons have suffered non-fault personal injuries and have experienced associated hardships without making a claim. Here are just some of our findings:
- 58% of personal injury victims said they had experienced some loss of earnings after the incident – 17% said they lost over £1,000
- Almost three quarters (70%) of respondents also incurred additional costs following their personal injury
- 57% of personal injury victims reported having to make significant changes to their lifestyle, from giving up exercise to moving house
- Over four in ten people (44%) who suffered this specific type of non-fault personal injury have not made a claim for compensation
It is clear that far from a claims culture, many deserving victims are not getting the support required to meet their monetary concerns or help with adjustments to their lifestyle.
Although the report and the real-life case studies that are referenced in it paint a distressing picture, it’s vital that these findings see the light of day.
For too long misconceptions about the impacts of personal injury have dominated discussions on this subject, when in reality thousands of Britons are bearing the financial, emotional and physical brunt of an injury that was simply not their fault.
Our research also unearthed another worrying and related statistic.
Over a third (37%) of the British adults surveyed would be worried about how much a claim might cost in terms of legal fees, despite the creation of ‘no win, no fee’ as a non-risk route to justice. This is a disquieting trend to be seeing in a country known internationally for its courts system and legal heritage.
It’s time to stop churning out the compensation culture argument and support genuine victims.
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