Every year, many people in the UK choose to forget about injuries they have received through no fault of their own due to the mistaken belief that personal injury compensation claims always involve personal attendance at court. In fact, only around 5% of these claims ever reach the courts, with most defendants choosing to settle at an early stage rather than face the expense of a trial.
Why do so few personal injury compensation claims go to court?
For the most part, UK law firms will only take on a personal injury compensation case if they believe that the case will be successful. Trained solicitors who have many years of experience in the area can usually immediately identify cases where injuries are due to someone else’s negligence. Employers, public bodies, and other businesses will almost always have insurance to deal with these claims. This means that it is usually preferable and less expensive for everyone involved for the defendant to settle with the claimant before the case goes to court.
Due to health and safety regulations, most businesses are well aware of what their responsibilities are. It is only rarely that they will choose to deny liability, as solicitors will not advise a claimant to proceed with a claim if they feel that the defendant was not in fact responsible for their injury. When personal injury claims do reach court, it is usually due to a disagreement about the amount of compensation that should be provided. The judge will therefore make a decision, which the defendant will have to abide by.
How to make a claim for personal injury compensation
If you’re considering making a claim for personal injury compensation, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. They’ll be able to tell you whether or not your claim is likely to be successful, and will only advise you to proceed if they firmly believe that you have a case for negligence.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which works on a no win no fee basis, and is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard. We have been helping accident victims receive the compensation they are legally entitled to for over thirteen years now, with the endorsement of consumer champion Esther Rantzen, who has personally investigated our methodology. For a very quick guide to your possible entitlement, check our 30-second claim calculator online.
Date Published: December 16, 2013
Author: David Brown