If you search personal injury claims or compensation on the Internet, you will find an abundance of information at your disposal. The majority of this information is extremely beneficial. Nonetheless, there are a few bits and pieces that are false. In this post, we will take a look at the common myths regarding personal injury claims, so you don’t fall into any traps…
You will get fired if you make a workplace accident claim against your employer
This is definitely not a certainty. It is in fact extremely unlikely that you will face any repercussions for making a personal injury claim against your employer. After all, it is their duty to provide a safe working environment, and if they have failed to do so you have every right to claim. Moreover, if they were to fire you, you would have grounds for unfair dismissal. Despite all of this, though, it is certainly worth making sure you handle the claim process in a professional manner and you keep everything above board.
You have all the time in the world to make a claim
Unfortunately, this is not the case. There is a three-year time limit on the vast majority of personal injury cases. This is three years from the date of the incident. The sooner you make your claim, the better! It will make it a lot easier as well. There are some rare exceptions to this rule. If you were a child when the accident occurred, you will have three years from the date of your 18th birthday. This is, of course, if your parents did not launch a claim on your behalf when the accident happened. If they did this, the money should be put in a trust for you until you turn 18.
You will have to go to court to settle your case
Again, this is highly unlikely. There are of course no guarantees. However, did you know that an extremely low number of personal injury claims actually end up going to trial? Therefore, it is highly unlikely that you will have to go through the hassle of court appearances when making a claim.
You have to spend tons of money to make a claim
This may be the case with a traditional solicitor’s service, yet it is definitely not the case when it comes to No Win, No Fee claims. In fact, if you use a No Win, No Fee solicitor you will not need any money to begin your case. Moreover, the financial risk is minimized substantially. Do check the terms and conditions, though. A lot of solicitors claim to offer a No Win, No Fee service, yet they still charge!
You should get treatment once your case is sorted
This is definitely not the case. You should never jeopardize your health for anything. Even so, if you do this it will actually jeopardize your case. You need to see a doctor if you want to have any chance of claiming. After all, if you do not see a medical professional how are you going to prove that you had an injury in the first place?
All personal injury solicitors are the same
Again, this is not true. Solicitors differ in terms of experience, as well as the areas of law they cover. For example, if you have been involved in a workplace accident, you’re not going to turn to Gray and White Law birth injury lawyers are you? However, if you have been the victim of medical negligence and suffered while giving birth to your child, they would be the sort of company you need. With so many different areas of personal law, it is always better to go for a specialist in your field.
You can’t claim if you were involved in a hit and run
Many individuals fear that they cannot make a claim if the perpetrator of the accident fled the scene. After all, they will not know whom they are claiming against. While the process may be slightly different, you will still be able to make a claim.
So there you have it: some of the most common myths regarding personal injury claims debunked! Hopefully, you now feel more confident if you or someone you love is thinking about making such a claim.