Top five misconceptions about personal injury claims
There are a number of common misconceptions when it comes to personal injury claims. This means that every year, thousands of people miss out on claiming compensation which could be useful to them for more than they realise. Here, we take a look at five of the most common misconceptions about personal injury claims, to help dispel the myths and encourage those who may be eligible to claim to seek help from a lawyer in Richmond.
1. Personal injury claims are just for ‘scroungers’
This is perhaps one of the main reasons why people fail to make personal injury claims following an accident. Think about it – if you have an accident that isn’t your fault and you are forced off work (sometimes without pay), or have to pay out for private treatment in order to get back on your feet, where will the money come from? If the accident wasn’t your fault, a personal injury claim may be able to ensure that you don’t go out of pocket.
2. You can only claim as soon as you’ve had the accident
Legislation states that you have up to three years after an accident in which to submit a personal injury claim, so if you have been put off making enquiries because you think too much time has passed, think again. Cases involving minors or industrial diseases can be made past this period depending on the circumstances, which should be discussed with a lawyer in Richmond for more information.
3. I’ll have to go to court
This isn’t true in the majority of cases. Most claims for personal injury compensation can be made over the phone, with no need to go to court or spend time in a solicitor’s office.
4. I’ll have to pay if I lose
Some personal injury lawyers may charge you fees if you lose your case, however a specialist law firm like Accident Advice Helpline operate on a 100% no win no fee* basis so that you can have confidence in making your claim.
5. I can’t find a lawyer in Richmond, so my options are limited
Accident Advice Helpline are a national law firm, which means that we can take on claims no matter where you are based. For more information about making a claim with Accident Advice Helpline, get in touch via the 24/7 advice line, where one of the friendly team will be able to offer information and advice as well as assess your eligibility. Just dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: 27th February 2014
Author: Jan Newell