Today I heard about an amazing pot of money that is just waiting to be collected. Apparently, if you have been involved a non-fault road accident that resulted in no damage to your vehicle and no injury you can receive a pot of money that has been allocated to you: a pot of money that is simply waiting for you to claim it.
Personal Injury Claims Calls: Lies Uncovered
This was the story told by a cold-calling claims company to a lady who had been involved in a road accident. An honest lady who had reported her road accident as having resulted in no damage or injury. A lady who has made it clear that she does not wish to make a claim …. because she has nothing to claim for.
A lady who has been subjected to daily calls from a claims company trying hard to convince her to make a claim: to claim the pot of money that they say has been allocated to her and is simply waiting for her to claim.
Is it true that if you have been involved in a road accident you are entitled to make a claim for compensation even if you did not suffer any damage or injury?
Is there a pot of money just sitting there with your name on it?
The answer is an emphatic NO! The lady in question has been, repeatedly, encouraged to make a fraudulent claim. Despite having repeatedly explained that she is not injured, and therefore does not wish to claim, the calls have continued. She is effectively being harassed by criminals who want to make money out of her fraudulent claim.
Happily, like the majority of people who have been involved in a genuine accident, this lady is honest. On this occasion no fraudulent claim will be made. Fraud in personal injury cases amounts to less than 0.25% of cases. Despite this, the insurance industry continues to push the Government to remove the rights of genuinely injured accident victims to claim compensation for genuine injuries. All in the name of combating fraud. For more information about the proposed reforms see: Whiplash reforms: penalise the majority for the actions of the few.
One step that the Government should take is to ban cold-calling by or on behalf of claims companies.
Solicitors are, quite rightly, already banned from making personal injury claims calls. Why should claims companies be subject to different rules?
Why should claims companies be allowed to harass honest motorists in attempts to make money from fraud? The answer is simple: they shouldn’t! In my opinion, all cold-calling in relation to personal injury claims should be banned.
The Campaign to Stop Cold-Calling in Personal Injury Claims
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is campaigning for a change to the rules. As part of its ‘Can The Spam‘ campaign, APIL is encouraging the victims of nuisance personal injury compensation cold-calls to report the details.
If you have been subjected to nuisance cold-calls or worse, if you have been encouraged to make a fraudulent claim, please report the details to APIL here.
Help APIL, and we in the legal profession, to fight the fraudsters and protect the rights of genuine claimants. Let’s do our part to Can the Spam.
What should you do if you have been genuinely injured in an accident?
Don’t respond to cold-callers! Seek advice from a professional, regulated, firm of personal injury solicitors.
If you have been injured in an accident and would like advice about making an honest claim we would be happy to give you no obligation advice in a free consultation. Feel free to contact us or call us on 01257 469332.