How genuine are personal injury claims for compensation?
In the United Kingdom around 1 million people per annum are hurt on Britain’s roads and 1.2 million people become ill or are injured at work. Many of these are entitled to make claims for compensation to help them on the road to recovery, or to pay for much needed support if they are not going to recover.
Fears about claims for compensation are voiced by some in government and insurance companies, which say that Britain is developing a compensation culture similar to that of the United States, but it doesn’t look as if there are statistics that can indicate an increasing trend or not. Compensation culture is first and foremost in the mind. Teachers and health workers are the most worried about being sued if a parent or a patient decides to take umbrage over something. There is no doubt that fear of legal action restricts teachers in being able to be flexible about helping a child who has fallen over in the playground, or resolve a dispute in the football match.
Trying to make a fast buck on a legal technicality and winning a monetary award to compensate for injuries received at work or on the road are two very different things and most courts have the sense to see this. For this reason, any compensation provider or legal advisor will make a careful assessment of a case to see if it is eligible and likely to be successful.
No win no fee*
The introduction of the no win no fee* constraint was designed to discourage frivolous claims for compensation and seems to be effective in that respect. It’s all about finding a balance between the cynical profiteer and the victim who has genuine need of compensation cash to pay for medical services and support at home. Each case is judged on an individual basis, which is the essence of how the legal process works. If you have been injured at work or on the roads and it was not your fault, contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 to see if you are entitled to compensation.