Personal injuries and accident compensation is a complicated business. For every person seeking genuinely deserved injury claims following a nasty accident at work or elsewhere, there can also be an opportunist looking to make some money off the back of an incident that wasn’t that serious.
Fortunately, there are several elements of injury claims for compensation that, if found wanting, can alert suspicion and can suggest that all may not be as it seems.
When assessing a compensation claim, following a road traffic accident, slip trip or fall or injuries at work, it’s advisable to keep a keen eye out for the following:
The date of the accident
With the exceptions of incidents involving minors and industrial diseases, as well as a few others, an accident needs to have occurred at some point within the last three years. Bad injury claims will either have a date outside this time period, or the wrong date for the accident all together.
Descriptions of what happened and witness statements for the injury claims
Particularly with road traffic accidents. It’s important to gather as many statements from, and details of, as many people involved as possible.
An injury compensation claim would raise suspicion if there are conflicting statements. Equally, statements submitted some time after the incident occurred should be treated with a degree of scepticism, especially if they differ from the others and seem to come down heavily in favour of the claimant.
It stands to reason that the more serious your personal injuries the more accident compensation you are likely to be due. Unfortunately, this does mean some people are tempted to exaggerate the extent of their suffering.
Good injury claims will have doctor’s notes detailing the exact nature and severity of the injuries while a bad one will embellish the seriousness of what happened.
Again, suspicion can be raised from the lack of an official medical report as well as the consequences outweighing the size of the accident by an unrealistic amount.
Some factors of bad injury claims made in the past include a witness statement from a car crash from someone who was not even present at the scene and the totally unnecessary wearing of a neck brace in court for injuries that did not require one.
It’s an unfortunate reality that the number of false claims make it harder for those who suffer real personal injuries, but genuine cases will win through.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 4, 2013
Author: David Brown