Many residents of Hayling Island who are thinking of making a compensation claim for a personal injury they’ve suffered contact Accident Advice Helpline for advice about the process of claiming. Here we answer some of the most frequent questions we get asked for the benefit of anyone considering claiming.
What does no win no fee on Hayling Island mean?
No win no fee on Hayling Island refers to the payment agreement between residents and Accident Advice Helpline when claiming with us. In the 1990s legal aid was abolished for personal injury claims. Knowing this would be a big barrier to those on lower incomes claiming compensation for personal injuries we decided to introduce a conditional fee arrangement, more popularly known as no win no fee.
Our no win no fee on Hayling Island policy means that if your case is unsuccessful you don’t have to pay any fees to your solicitor. This lowers the financial risk of claiming and thus enables anyone, regardless of their financial status, to make a claim.
If I have only suffered minor injuries should I still claim?
This is ultimately your decision, however, you may be interested to know that we at Accident Advice Helpline process claims for injuries that vary greatly in terms of severity.
You may also want to consider the fact that if you were involved in any accident that was caused by another person which led to you sustaining an injury, no matter how minor, you are legally entitled to claim compensation. The only rules when it comes to establishing your eligibility to claim are as follows:
- The accident must have happened within the past three years;
- You must have visited a medical professional about your injury; and
- The accident must have been the fault of another person.
Even injuries that are considered minor, such as some whiplash cases, back injuries, lacerations and repetitive strain injuries, can cause considerable discomfort and pain and you should be able to claim compensation in recognition of this.
If I claim for an injury at work could I lose my job?
Many people are apprehensive about claiming compensation against their employer in case this leads to unfavourable treatment or in the worst case losing their job. However, we strongly advise anybody with a work injury claim that it is illegal for your employer to terminate your employment on such grounds. We have processed thousands of work injury claims in the past and have rarely heard of anyone losing their job as a consequence.
If I contact Accident Advice Helpline do I have to start a claim in order to receive advice?
Not at all. Our helplines are free to call and we do not charge for any advice you receive from us, even if you decide not to pursue a claim using our service. We appreciate how stressful and worrying your current predicament can be and want to help ease your troubles. Plus we recognise that this can be a difficult decision that requires careful consideration. The final decision must be yours, and yours alone.
Get in touch for further advice
If you still have questions about the claims process and would like further advice you can contact us on our freephone helpline. Simply dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline phone or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 28th January 2014
Author: David Brown