According to a YouGov poll of 1,009 adults who have had an accident for which they could have potentially made a claim :
· - 42% cited the existence of a ‘compensation culture’ as the reason they did not.
Of those who made a claim:
· - 26% were nervous about the process,
· - 19% felt daunted and intimidated, while
· - 10% worried about what others would think
· - just 22% felt confident about pursuing their claim for damages.
Reasons given for not claiming were stress, nervousness about the process and a desire not to make trouble for anyone.
The poll found that 60% of people suffered financial implications as a result of their injury – with one in five losing out on earnings of £10,000 or more – while over a third had to take more than a month off work.
The research also highlighted the emotional suffering and stress that victims suffer – half admitted they were anxious about how long they would take to recover, and one in five (20%) were worried they would not be able to pay their household bills.
Feelings of anger were common, with almost half (47%) feeling angry and frustrated with the person or company who caused their accident, and 54% left feeling their injury could have been avoided.
The report also tried to dispel the notion that people make claims for personal gain.- Some 37% planned to use their compensation to replace lost earnings
- 30% said it was to cover the cost of rehab and medication,
- 21% said they would pay off debts.