There are times when the UK media can seem awash with tales of a “compensation culture”, which is leading the country to take an overly “risk-averse” approach to everything. The government has even claimed that it’s something which is “stifling” growth and innovation. Some people therefore feel there is a stigma attached to claiming Wakefield compensation, or any other personal injury compensation.
In fact, the notion of the “compensation culture” is just one of several myths surrounding personal injury claims. Lord Young, in his health and safety report for the government, described it as an issue of “perception rather than reality”, adding that there was “no evidence […] for its existence.”
Here are some more common myths debunked:
- Claims for compensation for workplace accidents have actually halved in the last decade, giving the lie to the idea that they are “spiralling out of control.”
- More than 25,000 employees are forced to give up work each year due to injuries or illnesses caused by work, yet six out of every seven of these receive no compensation whatsoever.
- Some may feel payouts are too high, yet according to one figure from 2011, most damages are for under £5,000, with three quarters settling for less than £10,000.
- Lawyers are sometimes accused of dragging out claims unnecessarily – yet this would simply not be in the best interests of their clients, or theirs, since doing this would cause them to fall foul of their regulatory body.
Need to make a Wakefield compensation claim?
If you live in the West Yorkshire town of Wakefield, you may be entitled to claim for Wakefield compensation if you’ve had an accident, for which you were not to blame, in the last three years, whether it was on the roads, at work, or tripping, slipping or falling in a public place.
For the reasons stated above, this is about claiming the redress to which you are legally entitled – it has nothing to do with pandering to the so-called “compensation culture.”
If you’re making a Wakefield compensation claim, you may be tempted to instruct a locally based firm of personal injury lawyers. But, we at Accident Advice Helpline, are a well-established law firm and can help clients pursue Wakefield compensation claims as well as others.
Contact us at Accident Advice Helpline now
Learn more about our professional accreditations, no-win, no-fee work and legal expertise today, without feeling obliged to proceed. Or why not try our 30-second online calculator to see how much you could claim for? If you want to discuss your claim in more detail with an adviser then dial 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Why not call us now?
Date Published: 10th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell