It's a myth that there is a Compensation Culture. It's a myth that personal injury claims drive up insurance premiums. But is it possible to show any real public benefit from personal injury compensation claims? Moray Claims / Grigor & Young LLP operates at a fairly local level and, in this article, we will look at 4 examples of ways in which personal injury claims by individuals have resulted – or could result – in changes which are of public benefit. 1. Removing a trip hazard A successful claim for a pedestrian who tripped on a raised piece of tarmac on the pedestrian footway close to the underpass at Alexandra Road, Elgin, resulted in the defect being repaired by Moray Council within a matter of days of the claim being intimated. 2. Properly marking/highlighting a trip hazard This raised area within Elgin bus station caused a pedestrian to trip and fall and suffer injury. It was never entirely clear why the plinth was there in the first place - possibly Continue Reading
Some people say there is a Compensation Culture in the UK (e.g. the Westminster Government). Others - e.g. personal injury lawyers (such as ourselves and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) of which we are members) - disagree. The weight of evidence is in favour of there NOT being a Compensation Culture. These articles on our website discuss Compensation Culture issues in some respect.
Our Personal Injury solicitors, Marie and Peter, have been handling claims on behalf of people in Moray for quite a few years now. Of the clients we have helped, probably none relished the prospect of making a compensation claim. Many had some sort of “objection” or problem in their minds, which they had to overcome before deciding to go ahead. The cynical “Compensation Culture” view is that it’s all about getting money. It has to be partly about money because that’s how the law of personal injury works but, in our experience, it’s not the whole story by any means. We’ve collected comments from injured people we have helped in Moray and this article sets out some of the most common motivating factors behind their claims. As you will see, some of the themes overlap a bit. Here are 5 reasons why people in Moray decide to claim for personal injury losses. You incur significant loss of earnings If you’ve been injured and have to take time off work in order to recover, you may not Continue Reading
Fear of furthering a perceived Compensation Culture is deterring people from making Personal Injury claims. We recently took on a claim for a man who had finally reached the decision, more than two years after his accident at work, to go ahead with a compensation claim for his injuries and other losses. Here’s what he told us: “I have a concern over the "bandwagon" of what might be considered modern-day "compensation culture" and how that might seem - on the face of it - to be getting exploited for less-than-deserving cases. And that was maybe a wee bit of my issue in relation to starting this process.” So is there a Compensation Culture and what do we mean by the term, anyway? A difficult thing to define In some contexts, the term “Compensation Culture” is shorthand for the desire of one person to sue a second person where the first person suffered due to something which could have been avoided if the second person (or organisation) had done things Continue Reading