At Accident Advice Helpline, we are often surprised by the number of myths circulating about claims for personal injury. We feel that such myths might put someone off claiming compensation through an accident solicitor in Cheltenham, when there’s no reason they shouldn’t claim – so we’d like to set the record straight!
Here are a few myths...followed by the reality.
Myth 1 – Too many people are claiming compensation for just anything, however minor
False! This myth stems from a belief that there is a “compensation culture”, and it’s actually not the case.
That’s not just our view – it’s what YouGov research has found out! In fact, many people don’t claim when they are perfectly entitled to, because they don’t feel their injuries are severe enough. Others don’t claim, because they don’t believe in claiming or they don’t think they would have a strong enough case for it to be settled successfully.
A bit different from what certain sections of the media might have us believe, isn’t it?
Myth 2 – The amounts people receive are ridiculously large!
There’s no way that they reflect the severity of what happened.This is also false. When a claim is taken on by an accident solicitor in Cheltenham, the solicitor will pursue the case with the aim of getting their client a payout, and this payout, if awarded, will be based on two factors:
- Pain, suffering and loss of amenity
- Expenses incurred as a result of the accident and injury
That’s what governs the size of a payout. A successful claim will result in the claimant no longer being out of pocket because they were the victim of an accident that was not their fault – and they will have some extra money for their actual injuries and the effect that it has had on their life.
Myth 3 – Claiming compensation through an accident solicitor in Cheltenham takes a long time
It’s incredibly stressful – you have to go to court! Not true. Not every case goes to court. At Accident Advice Helpline, we work as efficiently as possible and aim to settle cases as soon as we can – and out of court, too! This is usually favoured by insurance companies, who would rather settle early than face the prospect of a long court case, which will cost them even more money.
It’s also beneficial for the claimant, who is spared the further stress of having to attend court.
If you decide to claim, you will need to attend an additional medical test, but there’s usually no court appearance required. You can also trust Accident Advice Helpline – we’re one of the largest law firms in the country, we have been in business since 2000, and our patron is Esther Rantzen!
Accident Advice Helpline
Why not call our advisors now on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile – or, if you prefer, text “claim365” to 88010? You can start straight away with your claim – our lines are open 24/7 and all our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis!
Date Published: 9th October 2014
Author: David Brown