Common myths about accident injury compensation claims
The word ‘compensation‘ has developed some unfortunate connotations in the last decade. Here are some of the most widespread myths about accident injury compensation claims.
1. Most claims are not genuine
This is simply not true. This myth has developed as a result of the unscrupulous, fly-by-night claims management companies that are trying to turn a quick profit. Well-established law firms will only take genuine cases. You can spot a good company be the length of time they have been operating and the lack of unreasonable promises such as ‘100% acceptance guaranteed’ and ‘100% compensation guaranteed’.
2. The accident injury compensation claims industry is just full of ambulance chasers
Again, this is not true of genuine, long-standing companies. Some of the tactics employed by less mainstream companies are not representative of the industry as a whole. For example, here at Accident Advice Helpline we never use cold calling or spam emailing.
3. Making a claim costs too much
Making a claim does cost money. The compensation process is a legal process. This means that you need legal support, which is not cheap. Many people ask for help to negotiate the complex legal processes. But a good company will offer to take your case on a no win no fee basis – after all, if they only take genuine cases, there is only a low risk. Avoid any company that asks for an upfront fee.
4. It’s not worth it anyway
Actually many of our clients are amazed at just how much their claim is worth. Even seemingly minor of temporary injuries can attract payments in the low thousands. Claims that incur longer-term damage or personal expense, such as lost wages or medical expenses are often entitled to larger compensation awards. Given that your claim can be submitted on a no win no fee basis, it is always worth pursuing a genuine case.
5. Claiming compensation is cheeky and wrong
Absolutely not! Personal injury law is very clear that accident injury compensation claims are the correct and legitimate route to recompense an injured party. When you claim compensation, you are saying that the irresponsible actions of someone else have negatively impacted your life. The court can’t give you your health and well-being back, so it awards you money instead. The law sees this as your entitlement and you have every right to ask for it.
If you would like further help and advice, call us now for a no-obligation talk about your options. Our dedicated team of advisors will be happy to help you. Call our freephone 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more.