Frequently asked questions
- Is claiming for compensation worth my time and effort?
- Do I get less compensation if my claim takes longer to settle?
- What do I have to do after making a claim?
- Why should I sue for an accident?
- Will claiming against someone I know hurt my relationship with them?
- Could I lose my job if I claim against my employer?
- Is claiming for compensation contributing to the compensation culture?
1. Is claiming for compensation worth my time and effort?
Yes! Claiming for compensation is certainly worth your time and effort! For example:
You have suffered an injury caused by a driver in a car accident that was not your fault. Your doctor has advised that in your condition you should avoid working for at least 2 months and may suffer pain for even longer. This results in you losing up to 2 months worth of pay (or more) as a result of a driver’s negligence.
By claiming for compensation, you can claim back for lost earnings, the pain caused, the cost of treatment, any damaged belongings and more. Find out how your compensation is calculated. By bringing a claim to us, we can help you fight for the compensation that you deserve.
Unfortunately, the process of claiming compensation cannot be done in a day or two. The length of time for a claim to conclude can depend on the complexity of the accident, the people involved, the external parties, and several other factors. Whereas some cases can take 3 months to conclude, others can take 3 years or longer. We assure you that we will progress matters as quickly as we can and work together to bring your claim to a conclusion as smoothly as possible.
2. Do I get less compensation if my claim takes longer to settle?
There is no correlation between how long your claim takes to settle and how much compensation you get at the end.
We operate on a no win no fee basis, and the fees that we charge you are capped at 25% of the damages awarded to you. This means regardless of whether your claim settles after 3 months or in 3 years, we would still charge the same amount and you should receive the same amount of compensation.
Our no win no fee policy also states that (subject to certain exceptions) you do not need to pay us a single penny for our service if your claim is unsuccessful. With little risk and with no upfront fee, what is there to lose by calling us and starting your claim?
3. What do I have to do after making a claim?
Once you have made your claim and we have accepted to act on your behalf, you will have very little to do as we will assume conduct, help you gather the evidence and manage your claim.
Depending on your claim and the progress of your case, you may be required to sign certain documents, attend a medical assessment and write your witness statement. We will make you aware of everything that you need to do as your claim progresses.
If you have any questions or concerns, then do not hesitate to contact your solicitor for answers or an update to your case.
4. Why should I sue for an accident?
By suing the responsible party for compensation, it is about justice. Not their justice, but your justice. It is about getting back what you have lost from the accident.
In some cases, it is about raising awareness. When you sue a manufacturing company for a faulty product that caused your injury, you are bringing awareness of the danger of this faulty product so that the manufacturers can act accordingly.
5. Will claiming against someone I know hurt my relationship with them?
For road traffic accidents, your claim should not damage your relationship with them as they should have valid motor insurance to cover for such events. It is likely they will be making their own claim on their own policy as any no-claims bonus would be affected (if not protected).
For accidents at work, in most cases your employer should have insurance to cover for such events. If your employer makes matters difficult for you because you have made a claim, then they could be breaking the law. See Question 6 for more information about claiming against your employer.
For other claims such as occupiers liability where you could be claiming against a friend, family member or neighbour, you need to remind them that compensation is not for financial gain but is an entitlement to victims of accidents to help recover what they lost financially due to the accident. If the person you’re claiming against understands this, then it should not hurt your relationship with them.
6. Could I lose my job if I claim against my employer?
Your employer is responsible for your health and safety while you are at work. If you have suffered an injury from an accident at work, then you may be entitled to claim for personal injury compensation.
It is illegal to dismiss you for bringing a claim against the company or the employer that you work for. There would usually be a case for unfair dismissal, discrimination or other if you were dismissed for simply claiming against your employer without any other justifiable reason.
Claiming compensation against your employer should not affect your job security, your fellow co-workers or your relationship with your employer.
7. Is claiming for compensation contributing to the compensation culture?
We believe that the so-called ‘compensation culture’ is a myth designed to make people too ashamed to make a legally valid claim. It gives the unfair impression that every person who seeks compensation is part of the negativity that is known as the ‘compensation culture’, which is simply not true. We find nearly all people who make claims are honest and hard working people who simply wish to get back to normal after an accident.
When you are claiming for compensation, you are simply asking to be put back into the position you were before you were harmed, as best as possible. Basically, you are claiming back what you have lost, and you deserve that.
This page was last updated on 25th January 2017. This is a disclaimer to say that although we do make an effort to ensure that information contained on this website is accurate and up-to-date, we would like to remind you that this information is subject to change without notice and that we can accept no liability for the accuracy and/or inaccuracy of the information contained on this website at any given time.