People do not claim for compensation when they are entitled to do so, for a number of reasons. Bringing a claim can seem like a daunting prospect. Accident victims may already feel a bit vulnerable, so the thought of going through a stressful and costly court case is understandably overwhelming. But, in fact, many of the common myths about criminal injury cases as simply that. Myths. Here we look at some of the most common myths people believeabout making a criminal injury claim.
- You can claim for anything
If you suffer an injury as the result of a criminal act, or criminal negligence, you may well have a case. We look at all the circumstances surrounding your injury and advise you on whether we think you have a reasonable chance of winning. We must be able to show that somebody, or organisation, was responsible for your accident in order to proceed. If you are not sure, we will discuss the accident with you to find out exactly what happened. You cannot make a claim against a person or organisation when it is not their fault.
- It will cost me a lot in legal fees to bring a claim against a big organisation
We have a clear ‘no win, no fee’ policy, so you are taking no financial risk by bringing a claim. You will not pay any up front costs at all, and if the claim fails you just walk away. It’s a win, win situation for you, as the claimant. If you win, you win, if you lose, you’ve lost nothing.
- Ordinary people never win cases against big organisations
Not true! Last year, AAH helped people in the UK claim £30 million. Big companies have good insurance coverage against accident claims, and often pay out for both minor and major injury claims. You can be sure that you will have expert advice from our solicitors, who will explain every step to you clearly and simply.
- My injury occurred a while ago. I have missed my chance.
If your accident happened within the last three years, you can make a claim for criminal injury compensation. Just let us know when your injury was sustained and we will take it from there.
- I will face a court appearance.
Most cases are settled without the need for claimants to appear at all. We put together the evidence you have, and make a case to the insurance company of the person or company who were at fault. We also deal with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Awards Scheme. The matter is usually settled quickly and simply, without the need for any court appearances.
Whilst we cannot promise we will win your case, we will do our best to ensure you join the hundreds of our clients who have won substantial compensation for injuries they have received. With our outstanding track record over the last 13 years, you will be in safe hands. And with our no win no fee plans, you have nothing to lose by trying. Why not call us now on call our 24/7 Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993? We can have an informal chat about your case, to help you decide whether to take things further. Or visit our criminal injuries compensation calculator.