Personal injury myths

A YouGov study highlighting public misconceptions about compensation

Busting the myths of personal injury claims

New research has highlighted a range of common myths that are skewing the nation’s understanding of compensation and restricting access to it as a result.

A YouGov study, commissioned here at National Accident Helpline, uncovered a number of reasons why almost a third of people in Britain would be reluctant to make a claim for compensation after an accident that wasn’t their fault – even though the overwhelming majority (85%) felt it would be fair for others to do so.

Highlighting public misconceptions about compensation

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The research emphasised the need for greater transparency in the personal injury claims industry, which is why we’re campaigning to highlight the realities of making a genuine claim for compensation.

Our research shows that too many people would decide not to make a claim because of falsehoods that are fuelled by the so-called ‘compensation culture’, so we’ve debunked those myths in a helpful downloadable guide to the realities of personal injury claims and compensation.

Download the report

Myth: I’ll have to go to court

Many people who get in touch with us are worried that claiming will mean they’ll have to go to court, but in reality, more than 95% of our cases are settled without ever going near a courtroom.

In the rare case that a claimant does have to go to court, their specialist solicitor will be on hand to guide them through the process, so there’s no need to worry.

Myth: Making a claim will cost too much

When thinking about making a claim, a lot of people worry that if their case isn’t successful, then they’ll still have to pay solicitor fees which they won’t be able to afford.

Making a compensation claim with us is risk-free because all our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis, which means that no-one making a claim will be left out of pocket by upfront fees – because there aren’t any.

If a case is successful, the claimant will pay their solicitor a percentage of the final settlement. This amount will be discussed and agreed before the claim is started.

Myth: Claiming is too complex

Many people are worried about the complexities of claiming for compensation, but the process is actually straightforward.

Our legally-trained advisors will run through the details of an accident without the jargon, so the caller can clearly understand whether or not there’s a case.

If we can’t take the case, we’ll explain why in a way that’s easy to understand. If we can take it, we’ll introduce the caller to one of our specialist solicitors to handle it.

Myth: People who claim are just after free money

There’s a common belief that the UK has a ‘claims culture’, which brings with it the idea that people who make a claim just want an easy way to make money.

This is untrue and can make people with genuine injuries feel guilty about making a compensation claim.

Compensation is simply there to help people who’ve had an accident that wasn’t their fault to get back to where they were before. It can be very helpful to those suffering from the financial, physical and emotional consequences of an accident or negligence, and can help cover costs of bills, lost savings, treatment, care and medical equipment.

Anybody who has been injured in an accident that wasn’t their fault is entitled to compensation – so if that’s you or a loved one please contact us for free advice today on 0800 376 0150.

Myth: I’ll lose my job if I claim against my employer

A common worry about making a claim for an accident at work is that doing so could put the claimant’s job at risk.

This is simply not true, as it is illegal for an employer to let someone go because of a claim.

There are strict rules and laws around dismissal and it’s against the law for a claimant to be fired or treated any differently for making a claim.

If they were to be fired, this would be considered ‘unfair dismissal’ and legal action could be taken against the employer.

Myth: We’ll sell or share your details with other companies

Unfortunately, many other claims companies use unethical marketing practices and some fraudulent ones even pretend to be us. This includes cold calling, spam emails and texts, and buying and selling personal data. Thankfully, that’s not us – never has been, never will be.

We’ve never placed a cold call, and we never will. We promise we’ll never share anyone’s data unless we have their permission to do so.

These marketing practices give our industry a bad reputation and stop people from making a compensation claim, even when they need the finances to help with their recovery.

Find out more about our views on cold calling.

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