Unsure about claiming compensation for your St Helens accident?
If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, but are unsure about claiming compensation, then please read this short article to help put your mind at ease.
Claiming compensation for your St Helens accident is your decision, and yours alone, but there are many things to consider before deciding. If you would like any more information about personal injury compensation, then please call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 for obligation-free help and support from one of our experienced and sympathetic advisors.
Reasons people don’t claim compensation
It is quite common for people to feel guilty about suing the person responsible for their accident; perhaps a small business was behind their accident, and they are worried about the business folding as a consequence of being sued? Businesses are all insured for public liability — or at least they should be; if they aren’t, then the business owner has chosen to take that gamble and that is not your concern.
Claiming compensation should not be entered into lightly, and no one likes to hear of people who are taking the biscuit; but if you have suffered physically or financially because of someone’s negligence, then you have every right to seek compensation.
Not wanting to ‘make a fuss’
Say you tripped over uneven paving, for example. We all do it — accidents happen. Why claim? You pay tax to your local council to keep roads and walkways in good repair — you might pay quite a lot. Your council then has a responsibility to spend a portion of your tax on keeping public areas, such as roads and walkways, safe. Claiming compensation will hopefully result in that uneven paving being fixed, preventing further accidents. If not, then the next accident may be worse.
Embarrassment as a bar to claiming is quite often the case with mental illness. There is no shame in talking about, or claiming for, the psychological repercussions of your St Helens accident. Thanks to outstanding work from public figures such as Stephen Fry and Ruby Wax, the stigma surrounding mental illness is becoming a thing of the past; mental illness is there, it’s real, and it needs to be dealt with.
Stress can lead to high blood pressure, which in turn can cause a whole host of physical health problems. Difficulty sleeping can cause problems in every aspect of our lives. Depression and anxiety can be horribly debilitating. So, please talk about your psychological symptoms with your GP, and don’t hesitate to claim for them.
This could be fear of reprisal from the person responsible for your St Helens accident, or fear of facing them in court. Don’t be scared! Many personal injury claims are settled out of court anyway, but when claim you are doing so within the confines of the law. You have a right to claim, and no one can stop you from doing so.
We hope this helps. For any more information about claiming, please call 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 8th July 2014
Author: David Brown