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Since the services of personal injury solicitors became more readily and easily available to the British public in the 1990s, the injury sector has been plagued by myths and misinformation.

The negative portrayal of personal injury lawyers in the media has undoubtedly put people off from making claims. However, it’s important to remember that this bad publicity has been purposely created by some members of the press who use scare tactics to sell newspapers.

Here at Jefferies Solicitors, we want to prove that these misconceptions are simply that and nothing more.

If you’ve suffered an injury through no fault of your own, you shouldn’t be worried about making a claim. Legally, you are entitled to receive compensation for your accident.

“Legal costs are just too expensive for the average person, I don’t think I can  afford to make a claim.”

Nowadays, the process of claiming compensation is relatively affordable. At Jefferies, our personal injury solicitors work on a simple, a no win no fee basis. If your claim is unsuccessful, you will be charged nothing at all; if you win, there will be charge capped at 25% of your compensation settlement.

“I heard that claims are complex and time-consuming, that sounds like a lot of hassle.”

This is mostly false. While more serious injury claims take longer, straightforward cases – where responsibility for the accident is accepted – can settle in a matter of months. The claims process is usually relatively hassle-free for the claimant.  You’ll need to complete some paperwork at the beginning of your claim but beyond that, the hard work will be left to your solicitor.

“Will claiming against my employer get me sacked?”

If you’re injured at work you shouldn’t fear losing your job. By law, you are protected. You have the right to compensation if you are injured at your workplace and your employer is liable. Most employers would not think to dismiss their employee if they claim compensation and the majority of employers are insured against accident at work claims.

In the unlikely event that you were dismissed for claiming against your employer for a workplace accident, it would be appropriate for you to appeal an unfair dismissal claim.

“Compensation claims can take years to settle.”

As previously mentioned, compensation claims may settle within months unless liability is disputed or it is a serious injury. Throughout the majority of the claims process, your solicitor will look after everything. Usually, the process is hassle-free for the claimant.

“Do you have to go to court to win compensation?”

Not all claims have to go to court; in fact, most of the claims settle out of court. Most insurers recognise that going court can be a lengthy and expensive process and will generally want to avoid it at all costs. Usually, a claimant will only need to go to court if there is a dispute between the two parties. Normally, with the claims we take on, we are almost sure the claimant will win and there will be no dispute on liability.

“Why would I need a solicitor when I can go straight to my insurance company?”

Generally, an insurance company may treat you well and be in your favour if the liability clearly lies with the other party. However, insurers may not have the same level of litigation expertise as solicitors. This means they may not be able to maximise compensation available to you in the same way as a solicitor. When calculating the compensation potentially owed to you, a solicitor will take into account multiple factors. In some cases, these might not be considered by your insurer.

“We live in a compensation culture, people will claim for anything”

The industry takes claims very seriously and will only accept viable claims, so people cannot just claim for anything. You shouldn’t be put off from claiming or made to feel that it’s wrong to seek redress if you become injured because of someone else’s negligence. We are lucky as UK citizens to have the option to claim compensation and we shouldn’t take it for granted.

Thinking about claiming? Our expert team of personal injury solicitors can help.

If you’ve been injured in an accident at work, on the road or elsewhere because of the actions of a third party, you are legally entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. At Jefferies, our expert solicitors have over two decades of experience in dealing with personal injury claims and are ready to help you. Call us today on 0800 342 3206 or make an enquiry online to request a call back at a convenient time.

Published on 14th October 2015, updated 24th April 2018.