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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Temptations to avoid when making an accident claim

    At Accident Advice Helpline, we aim to assist our clients through every step of the claim procedure, from the initial reporting of the accident, right through to the settlement in the cases of accidents at work, road traffic accidents and accidents on holiday. Here, we publish a guide to some of the temptations you should avoid when making a claim for compensation.

    Pushing for too much money is a potential temptation

    Most claims for compensation, we at Accident Advice Helpline undertake, are settled out of court. Where a party is clearly to blame, they will likely accept liability and be eager to reach a settlement without a costly and lengthy court case. However, if a potential claimant is unwilling to accept a pay-out for being too low, then the case may very well end up in the courts. The courts tend to take a very dim view of cases where a settlement could easily have been reached at an earlier stage and it may be the case that a court finds insufficient evidence to support your claim and finds against you, resulting in no pay-out at all.

    Settling too quick

    The converse of the above is also true. Don’t be tempted by the pound signs when you see the amount of any claim. Consider your options before you accept a payment, as all claims for compensation are final and cannot be revisited at a later date. Consider whether the amount offered is an appropriate reimbursement for your pain and suffering.

    Using a law firm which purports to pay out maximum compensation

    Many law firms purport to pay out a large amount of compensation, even where there might not be a case to answer. Many of these firms are not regulated and may ask for large legal fees upfront. It’s important to use a registered law firm with qualified personal injury lawyers such as Accident Advice Helpline in order to receive the best advice when making a claim for compensation. All our claims are made on a 100 per cent no win, no fee basis.

    If you are worried about any of the temptations involved when making a claim for compensation, then contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information on 0800 689 0500. We guarantee to help you at every step of the way throughout the claim process and our lines are open 24/7 where a friendly and professional adviser is waiting to take your call and assist you at every step of the way.

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    Date Published: January 15, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.