If you have been injured in an accident that was somebody else’s fault then it’s likely that at some point or another you may consider making a claim for personal injury compensation. Whether you know much about personal injury claims already or not, there are undoubtedly some questions you will need answers to. These include things like:
- How much will it cost me to make a personal injury claim?
- How long does the claims process take?
- Will I have to go to court?
- Will my claim be successful?
- How much compensation could I receive?
These are normal questions to ask and you may have other questions relating to your accident and injuries. Whether you have been injured in a slip, trip and fall at work (in 2013/14, slips, trips and falls accounted for 57% of all reported major workplace injuries) or have been hurt in a road traffic accident, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
You can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline at any time after your accident for confidential advice and answers to any questions you have. One thing not many of us think about it what happens if you decide part way through the process that you want to drop a personal injury claim?
Can I drop a personal injury claim?
There are times when you might decide, for whatever reason, that you no longer wish to proceed with a personal injury claim. Whilst you shouldn’t take the decision to drop a personal injury claim lightly, here are some of the most common reasons you might consider doing so:
- Spiralling upfront legal costs – if you don’t hire a law firm that works on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, you could be hit by legal costs you can’t afford to keep paying
- Health problems – If you are seriously ill or stressed after your accident, you may decide to walk away from your claim
- Deciding you don’t want to continue and are happy to forfeit any compensation you are entitled to
With Accident Advice Helpline, there really aren’t many valid reasons to drop a personal injury claim. We have been helping people claim compensation for over 16 years and during that time we have enjoyed an excellent rate of success. Let’s look at the reasons you might want to drop a personal injury claim in a bit more detail.
No-win, no-fee* solicitors
If you hire a no-win, no-fee* solicitor then, as the name suggests, you won’t have any legal fees to pay unless your claim is successful. At Accident Advice Helpline, we won’t take on your claim unless there is a good chance of it being successful. That’s because our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. You should always hire a no-win, no-fee* solicitor with personal injury claims experience, to avoid spiralling legal costs.
Health problems after starting your claim
Deciding to drop a personal injury claim because of health problems often happens because people become stressed at the lack of support from their solicitor and/or the requirement to go to court over their claim. With Accident Advice Helpline, most claims can be processed over the phone, so it’s unlikely you will have to go to court. Our lawyers and advisors will keep you updated every step of the way throughout your claim, making the whole process as simple and stress-free as possible. If you have sustained serious injuries in an accident, somebody else can make a claim on your behalf (such as a family member) whilst you focus on recovering.
What happens if I drop a personal injury claim?
This really depends on the law firm you decide to use, and the stage of the claims process you are at when you decide to drop a personal injury claim. As a general rule though, if costs have already been incurred by legal professionals then you may have to cover these. No-win, no-fee* solicitors are only paid when your claim is successful, so if you decide to drop your claim, they have the right to ask for their costs to be covered. If you need more advice on what might happen if you decide to drop a personal injury claim, you can discuss this with our expert advisors when you call us after your accident.
I’m not sure if I should make a claim after my accident
That’s okay, lots of people are in the same position as you. In 2015/16, employers reported 72,702 non-fatal injuries (of over seven days’ duration) in the workplace, whilst in 2015, 22,137 serious injuries were reported from road traffic accidents in the UK. Of these people injured, only a percentage will go on to claim personal injury compensation within three years of their accident. Some will simply miss the three-year deadline. Some will start to pursue a claim and then drop it, whilst others will be unaware that they are even eligible to claim personal injury compensation at all.
In total over three million people are injured in accidents each year – at work, at home, on the roads or in a public place. Many of these people are entitled to make a personal injury claim, yet not everyone will.
What types of injuries can you claim compensation for?
You can claim compensation for almost any type of injury, from minor to serious, provided you needed medical attention. Whether you have suffered whiplash after a car accident or broken your ankle after a trip at work, you could be entitled to receive compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as any loss of earnings. You can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline after your accident by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile), but make sure you contact us within three years of your accident happening.
Our personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, making claiming affordable for everyone, and we can talk you through what will happen if you decide to drop a personal injury claim. With over 16 years’ experience helping people claim, we should be your first port of call after an accident that was somebody else’s fault.
Date Published: 21st September 2013