Can I Claim?
The question of whether someone "can" claim should really be tempered with whether someone "needs" to claim. The general feel we get from compensation claim companies in the UK these days seems to be more along the line of thought that you have somehow "won" something by being injured. It seems unfair that those who generally suffer the worst kinds of injuries, such as miners, asbestos workers and victims of violent crime, all seem to have quite fixed and limited amounts of compensation due to them while the endless string of careless drivers get money for crashing their own cars. It is not uncommon for us to hear about a person who trips over a slightly-raised paving slab and someone else mugged and beaten receiving the same amounts of compensation. Just because you have been injured DOES NOT mean that you will get one of the big cheques being flaunted on the telly.
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But the answer to the question is most likely "yes", you probably can make a claim for compensation. The new legislation that came out in 2007 basically only stops smaller firms from having their fingers in the pie. This was probably because someone (we won't point fingers though) told the government that is was the rogue claims management firms that were pushing all these frivolous lawsuits that was costing the country so much and not treating their client properly. But claims management consultants can't actually fight for the frivolous compensation claims, only solicitors can, and they won't really be affected by the new legislation. So, yes, you can pretty much claim for anything, and yes, you will still be able to find someone to take on even the most ridiculous of cases.
Obviously the tone of this article has more than likely given you the impression that we are against people who trip over their own feet, scald themselves getting into the bath, crash their own cars, try to lift filing cabinets and so on actually getting compensation. But we're not. We now live in a society where we insure ourselves against everything, the downside seems to be that we now feel secure enough not to take care anymore e.g. the 18 year old who buys an Impreza and drives it like an idiot until they crash, kill their best friend in the passenger seat but still get compensation for the bump on the head they received PLUS cash to buy another Impreza. (Note: I'm not stereotyping, a young kid in a silver Subaru nearly ran me over this morning which is why it came to mind.) Everyone who works with Claims4Free are all for the insuring and claiming culture that we live in. For example, the little girl that the 18-year-old Impreza driver runs over may need medical attention for the rest of her life and it would only be the insurance company of the driver that would be able to give her any quality of life. Along with the great blessing of compensation claims comes the regular curses but I think the pendulum is certainly on the side of good for the most part.
If you've sat through reading this then you're probably someone who is contemplating whether a claim is necessary or not. You are the people we encourage to make a claim as you will most likely have a valid reason such as lost wages, medical bills and so on. We highly recommend that you at least talk to a solicitor about the prospect of claiming. Of course, if you quit reading this page after the first sentence because it didn't say "we promise to get you £10,000 for that scratch on your arm" then there is nothing I could really say to stop you grabbing at everything you can get your hands on ... so I won't, but you'll be hard pressed to find one of our advertised firms to help you so please don't waste their time.