Recent road traffic accident figures have revealed that despite a drop in the number of accidents happening the number of claims have gone up. Is this down to people making frivolous claims or better information being supplied to clients? We’ll look into this and investigate how it affects your chances of claiming and offer you advice on how to claim compensation in Nelson and elsewhere.
According to most stats our roads are actually getting safer with the number of drivers out there falling if anything (we can thank sky high petrol prices for that). But despite that fall of 11% the number of personal injury claims being launched has actually gone up, so what accounts for this.
The majority of these claims have been focused on relatively minor accidents such as whiplash, prompting critics to suggest that people are attempting to use minor injuries as a way of getting a fast buck.
As a result there have been moves to restrain the amount personal injury lawyers can earn from any individual claim by removing their ability to claim success fees from the other side and instead restricting them to claiming a percentage of the compensation settlement. There have also been moves to make it more difficult to make a claim. Already, legal aid is not available for claims made in the small claims court, and there are some who would like to see more claims settled in this way which means more people will not qualify for any government support.
While critics say we’re becoming more litigious as a nation, we believe this is a result of better information. People are becoming more aware of their rights. While once upon a time someone might have been injured and lived with it; now they realise that they can claim compensation. It’s not going to be in the millions but it is something which can help compensate for the damage done. Remember personal injury law is not something which should just be about those serious life changing injuries; it can also refer to those which cause relatively small but no less significant issues.
How to Claim Compensation in Nelson
Another reason for this rise is that the payment options for making a claim have increased. Without legal aid any claim becomes a significant financial risk. But if you can claim compensation on the basis of no win no fee, you have some measure of protection.
Again the critics will no doubt be quick to claim that no win no fee is another reason for encouraging people to make a claim who really shouldn’t be, but at Accident Advice Helpline we believe it’s actually been crucial in helping people to get the help they need.
So to find out how to claim compensation in Nelson, give us a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Alternatively, you could visit www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk for more information.