Wondering whether to make a personal injury claim? Our personal injury solicitors run through some misconceptions surrounding them.
Common Reasons why people don’t pursue personal injury claims
Thinking the case is too small to pursue
Not all cases are worth pursuing but this should be advised upon by a specialist solicitor. They can weigh up the many factors involved in the claims process. There is a common train of thought among personal injury clients who have been injured in an accident that was not their fault, in that they don’t feel that they are worthy of making a claim and worry that they are wasting solicitors’ and other people’s time. You should never feel this way.
Worried about the cost involved
There are various ways to fund a case including legal aid, after-the-event insurance and more. What you qualify for is unique to the individual case and can be explored with a solicitor during the initial consultations. Some personal injury claims operate on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis and as a result, there are no financial risks involved.
Do not like all the paperwork involved
Solicitors are there to complete the paperwork. They will ensure the clients understand all the paperwork involved. At McPartland & Sons, we simplify the process as much as possible. solicitors are friendly and approachable and treat our clients like real people. We don’t use formal legal jargon and always speak to our clients through the process with easy-to-understand language.
Do not want to be part of the compensation culture
The increased presence of personal injury solicitors in the media is the myth of a ‘compensation culture’ that has developed. This myth wrongly makes potential claimants believe that they are somewhat morally wrong, or greedy, for claiming financial compensation for their injuries. This false idea can be damaging and can put people off using the very legal system that is there to protect them. This is compensation that you are entitled to, and you should feel no shame in claiming this.
The accident happened a long time ago
It’s still possible to claim if the accident happened within three years. This is because, in some instances, the symptoms present themselves much later.
Believe they are partly to blame for the accident
Even if you believe you are part to blame for an accident it may not be the case. Many personal injury clients have obtained significant financial compensation for accidents in which they were partly to blame. These claims are done through a process known as ‘split liability’ and allow clients to obtain financial compensation while still admitting partial liability or blame for the accident.
The claims process is time-consuming
The length of time from initial enquiry to the settling or winning of a case can vary depending on factors such as how complex the case is. The reality is that claiming can take anywhere from a couple of months to many years. If you do decide the compensation isn’t worth the wait it’s important to remember that you may not have time to change your mind later. If you have suffered injuries of any kind, no matter how big or small, in an accident that was not your fault, do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our personal injury specialists. Our team are always on hand to offer a no-obligation discussion about your injuries and claim.