After an accident, claiming compensation may not be the first thing on your mind. Most people will want to concentrate on recovering from their injuries before speaking to a solicitor about making a claim for personal injury.
However, when the time comes for accident victims to consider whether to make a claim for compensation, there can be many factors that may influence whether someone makes a claim or not. A recent report by the Legal Service Board has found there are a variety of reasons that can influence an individual’s decision on making a compensation claim. Freeclaim Solicitors have looked at some of the common reasons below to help dispel some of the myths and explain more.
Common reasons that may influence someone making a claim
How much they already know about making a claim and how they go about it.
Whether you have made a claim previously or this is your first claim, it is relatively simple to start the process. If you speak to a reputable injury solicitor, they will advise you of the process and can start your claim for you. It is advisable to speak to someone as soon as possible after having an accident. In the majority of cases, you only have three years from the date of your accident to make a claim.
How likely they are to be successful in their claim.
Around 95% of personal injury claims are successful. Many solicitors specialise in certain areas, so it is always best to research the type of claims a solicitors deals with and make sure they have the expertise to help you with your claim. Any firm should be honest from the offset about the likely success of you claim.
How much compensation they are likely to receive.
The amount of compensation will depend on your injuries, loss of earnings, care costs, treatment costs and other expenses incurred as a result of your accident, as well as helping pay for ongoing treatment to help you recover from your injuries and get your life back on track. A specialist personal injury solicitor will advise you on the value of your potential claim.
The risk of them being at a financial loss for making a claim.
When you appoint a solicitor, you need to check that they will take your case on a no win no fee basis. That means that should you lose, you will have nothing to pay at all so there’s no financial risk to you. Also most reputable personal injury solicitors will offer free enquiries with no obligation so there should be no charge for speaking to a solicitor in the first instance.
The amount of time and effort involved in making a claim.
There is minimum time and effort involved as your solicitor will handle the claim. At the start of your claim, your solicitor will speak with you to assess your claim and do the necessary paperwork to start the process. You may require a medical examination to check your injuries and your recovery. Throughout the process, your solicitor should keep in touch regularly to update you of any developments.
The emotional costs that can be incurred as a result of making a claim, as well as the emotional benefits of the compensation.
Claiming compensation can greatly improve your standard of life and help you recover more quickly. Many clients also feel a social responsibility to try and improve safety and prevent similar accidents and injuries.
At Freeclaim Solicitors, we believe it is important for everyone to have access to justice following an accident. We are specialist personal injury solicitors with over 30 years’ experience helping clients claim the compensation they deserve. As we are specialists in this area, you can be assured of quality legal service and advice about your claim.
If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, call us today on 0800 612 7340 to see how we can help you gain the justice you deserve. All enquiries are free with no obligation.