Lots of people don’t claim compensation for accident and injuries when they actually could. Many people suffer long term pain and financial loss without knowing that it is people just like them that the team at Accinet want to support to claim the compensation they deserve.
If you are involved in an accident that results in you suffering a physical injury it is important to ascertain, as quickly as possible, whether you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. Surprisingly, however, many victims of an accident are reluctant to take the advice of a solicitor for a variety of reasons.
In this article, we look at some of these and, hopefully, demonstrate that these reservations are groundless and that, in fact, there is every reason for finding out whether you can make a claim.
Far and away the single most quoted reason for deciding not to consult a personal injury solicitor is the fear that it will prove to be a costly exercise. In fact, there is no reason to worry that finding out if you can make a claim will affect your financial situation. In the first instance, many personal injury solicitors offer a free initial interview.
At this, the solicitor will be able to give a reasonable assessment of the likelihood that your claim will be successful. If the advice is positive, it is likely that your solicitor will offer a “no win, no fee” arrangement to cover your own legal fees. This means that you will only have to pay your own lawyer if your case is successful, in which case most, if not all the charges, are likely to be met by the defendant.
Fear of Formality
Historically, the legal profession has been perceived to be somewhat stuffy, formal, and removed from the man in the street. This has resulted in several potential personal injury claimants deciding not to consult a personal injury solicitor. Solicitors come from every social class and are well versed in dealing sensitively and professionally with clients of every level of intelligence, ability and social background.
A solicitor who has experience in dealing with personal injury clients will be well equipped to deal sensitively, respectfully, and professionally with his or her clients and to give the case the care and attention that it demands.
Concern Over Time Wasting
Many accident victims have an understandable concern that they may be wasting a solicitor’s time by attempting to find out if they have a viable claim for compensation. However, it is part and parcel of the work of a personal injury solicitor to encounter cases where, although an injury has been sustained, a claim for damages is unlikely to be successful – either because the injury was caused through a pure accident, for which nobody was to blame, or where the evidence is likely to be insufficiently strong to merit a claim.
The solicitor will not take the view that you are wasting his or her time in such circumstances and this should not be a reason for not proceeding with an appointment to find out if you can make a claim.
The above factors constitute the principal reasons for the victims of an injury deciding not to consult a solicitor, but it is hoped that we have demonstrated that these fears are unfounded. In reality, the single most valid reason for consulting a personal injury solicitor is that, in the absence of the professional advice that such a consultation would provide, you will never really know whether you have a case for compensation for the injury that you have suffered.
Finally, it should be remembered that there is a general time limit of three years for bringing a personal injury claim, after which the claim will be statue barred, so you should consult a solicitor as quickly as possible after you have suffered your injury.