With many more of us working in high-pressured environments it is inevitable that accidents are going to happen and more compensation claims will be made each year. The laws relating to compensation are also regularly being updated and amended resulting in confusion regarding what the true legal situation is. Additionally, it is becoming more common for the public to view compensation claims as immoral, creating a ‘blame and claim culture’. However, if you have suffered a legitimate injury due to a third party’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation. In order to help you feel more confident about pursuing a claim, below is a guide to compensation – common misconceptions.
How solicitors are paid in no win, no fee*, cases
Sounds too good to be true, but when we say no win, no fee**, it really means no win, no fee**. If your solicitor in unable to obtain compensation for your claim, there will be absolutely no charge to you. Furthermore, the fee for a successful claim is not deducted from the compensation awarded; in fact the vast majority of claimants never have to pay anything, even if a successful claim is made. Instead, the solicitor’s fees are covered by the third party responsible for the accident.
Not being able to claim after the event
You have up to three years from the date of the accident to make a claim for compensation. It is true that compiling the evidence and details of an incident may be more difficult at a later date, but this does not mean you are not entitled to claim. Indeed, you may not realise you have sustained an injury for some time after the accident. In this case the three year time period only starts from date of diagnosis.
Personal injury solicitors aren’t working in your best interests
This is another of the popular compensation common misconceptions, which is simply not true. If it were, the industry would have a very poor reputation and offer nothing but a compensation claim service. We at Accident Advice Helpline, along with other reputable organisations in the industry, are focused on building a relationship with our clients. If the process were simply monetary focused, this trust wouldn’t be possible and would certainly not involve free expert advice from experienced solicitors. What’s more, personal injury solicitors are on hand to provide additional free services, such as psychiatric evaluations, to ensure our clients are coping with the after effects of their accident.
Claiming against employers will lose you your job
This is yet another misconception that is completely untrue. Indeed, it would be illegal for an employer to dismiss you for making a claim against them. There are strict laws in place to protect employees from exactly this scenario. Additionally, the majority of compensation awarded against employers is paid by their insurance company and so does not directly affect them.
You may well be missing out on compensation you are entitled to if you have fallen for any of the above misconceptions. If you have had an accident and are under any doubt regarding a claim, the best approach is to contact a leading supplier of free advice. Simply contact us at the Accident Advice Helpline and discuss your case with an expert.
Date Published: September 26, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Personal injury claims