5 UK Accident Claim Myths Debunked

July 9, 2015
  1. All Whiplash Claims are Fraudulent

There are some people dead-set against whiplash claims. The reasoning behind this is that because the only symptom of whiplash is commonly pain, it’s easy for people to exaggerate the extent of their injury to get compensation. The truth is, a small percentage of whiplash claims ARE fraudulent. But the vast majority are NOT. Claimants should not be victimised because of their injury – whiplash is a debilitating injury that can cause life-long problems.

5 UK Accident Claim Myths Debunked

  1.   You can get fired for making a claim against the company you work for

This is one of the biggest myths of UK accident claims. An employer is not legally allowed to sack an employee for making a claim. Nor is an employer allowed to punish the employee for making a claim, such as reducing their working hours or scrapping overtime. If the employer attempts to do so, then you can make another claim for unfair dismissal. In the case of an accident at work claim, it’s better for the employer to simply take it on the chin.

  1.   Manual lifting injuries can’t be claimed for – they’re a part of the job

If you work in a physical role, such as on a factory floor, lifting objects manually is likely part of your job. However, that doesn’t mean that your employer doesn’t have a duty of care to protect you from harm. If you or anybody you know has been injured as a result of lifting at work, then they’re legally entitled to make a claim for financial compensation. Such claims fall under the Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

  1.   Passengers in car accidents can’t make a claim for compensation

This simply isn’t true. Any party injured in an accident that wasn’t their fault can make a legitimate claim for financial compensation. And yes, this includes against a family member or friend. The law states that it’s anybody’s right to make a claim under the circumstances. If you have been injured in a car accident and you were a passenger at the time, get in touch with UK Claim Lawyers on 0800 157 1438 to discover your eligibility to make a claim.

  1.   Minors can’t make a claim

This is one myth that needs dispelling completely. Minors can make a claim for financial compensation, once they turn 18, at which point they are legally classed as an adult. Or, the parent or legal guardian of a minor can make a claim on their behalf at any time. Minors have three years from the date they legally turn 18 to make a claim for compensation. So if you are under 18 right now, remember that you can have somebody make a claim for you.