Debunking the myths of personal injury claims
There are various myths and misconceptions about personal injury claims which can leave you feeling unsure or worried about making a claim and in our experience, it can often be difficult to know what’s true and what’s a myth.
We don’t think you should feel confused by legal jargon or myths, so we’ve put together some facts below to set things straight.
Myth: You’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, 80% of cases are settled without ever having a court hearing, meaning it’s likely if you’re making a personal injury claim then you won’t need to go.
In the rare case that you do have to go to court, your specialist solicitor will be on hand to guide you through the process – so you don’t need to worry.
Myth: Solicitor fees will cost you a fortune
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 solicitors fees which they won’t be able to afford.
Making a compensation claim with us is risk-free because all our solicitors will help you make your claim on a no win no fee basis.
Quite simply, this means if your claim is unsuccessful, then you won’t have to pay your solicitors fees.
If your case is successful, then you’ll pay your solicitor a percentage of your final settlement. This amount will be discussed and agreed before you start your claim.
Myth: It takes years to make a personal injury claim
You may be put off making a personal injury claim because you think it will take a lot of time and effort.
Although the amount of time it takes for your claim to be settled can vary depending on the case, your solicitor will try to bring your claim to a conclusion as quickly as they can.
You may also be able to receive an ‘interim payment’ to cover the immediate costs of your injury before you receive your final amount. You may need this money to pay for treatment, medication or equipment.
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: You’ll lose your job if you claim against your employer
If you’re thinking about making a claim for an accident at work, you may be worried that your claim could put your job at risk.
This is simply not true, as it is illegal for an employer to let you go because of your claim.
There are strict rules and laws around dismissal and it’s against the law for you to be fired or treated any differently for having a claim.
If you were to be fired, this would be considered ‘unfair dismissal’ and you could take legal action against your employer.
MYTH: We’ll sell or share your details with other companies
Unfortunately, many other claims companies use unethical marketing practices. This includes cold calling, spam emails and spam 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 and we promise we’ll never share your data with anyone unless we have your permission too.
These marketing practices put a bad reputation on our industry 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.