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Understanding The Importance of Compensation Claims – Rebuilding Shattered Lives

Injuries can have massive negative impacts on individuals and families. It’s estimated that 38.8 million working days were lost due to workplace injuries in 2019/20 alone. Not only this, but road traffic accidents are still unfortunately commonplace despite improved safety on the road, with 25,945 serious injuries reported to the police in 2019. Even though injuries are still very prevalent across RTAs, workplaces and in medical settings, there is a stigma surrounding claims.

The shame about the phrase ‘compensation culture’ (spawned in recent years as a result of some unscrupulous characters creating fictional claims) is that it can sadly stigmatise those who have absolutely genuine injuries and claims. The term unfairly brings negativity to both the claim process and personal injury lawyers who are simply trying to do their best to make the best out of bad situations for their clients.

To help put a stop to the negativity surrounding personal injury claims, the Rebuilding Shattered Lives campaign from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) aims to educate people on the claims world.

What Is ‘Rebuilding Shattered Lives’?

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The Rebuilding Shattered Lives campaign puts injured people first, telling real stories about real people who have experienced an injury. As discussed above, it’s common for people to feel ashamed to seek help or to make a claim on an injury. However, this shouldn’t be the case as it’s important that people who have been injured have their voice heard.

Due to some people taking advantage of the claim system and pushing for one they’re not entitled to, there are a lot of misconceptions around injury claims. More often than not now, people can feel they’re doing something wrong or even criminal when making a genuine claim.

Mike Benner, the CEO of APIL and the man who launched the campaign, has this to say about it:

“Rebuilding Lives is a push-back against this unfair situation and aims to tip the balance back in favour of injured people. It provides injured people with a voice and a safe place to tell the story of their journey towards recovery with the help and support of a dedicated personal injury lawyer by their side. Injured people deserve empathy and access to expert help in their time of need. Compensation is never a windfall and money is only a part of the toolkit of recovery for a needlessly injured person.

Help spread the word and join us in our mission to stamp out negative misconceptions and put the needs of injured people first. Negligence shatters lives and an injury can happen to anyone at any time. It could happen to you.”

Our Standpoint

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Here at Atha & Co, we believe every injured person deserves the right to compensation, whether from an RTA, accident at work or from medical negligence. We have operated for over 50 years, supporting people from many walks of life with their compensation claims, which is why we support the Rebuilding Shattered Lives campaign. We have seen the life changing effects injuries can have on people, and no stigma should ever surround such an important area of law and people’s lives. Because of this, we encourage you to help end the negativity that can emerge with compensation claims.

It’s especially important to recognise that the laws around the way people claim are soon changing. We want to emphasise this as the Government is clamping down on those who take advantage of the system. Therefore, those who want to seek a claim with a genuine case need to do so with haste.

This is one reason for the Rebuilding Shattered Lives campaign. It is unfair to assume all people who claim are taking advantage of the system, which is why the Government is bringing stricter measures in.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, please help us spread the message of Rebuilding Shattered Lives and end the stigma!