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It is estimated that on in four have suffered personal injury or accident recently, however, only 20% of them have made a personal injury compensation claim.

According to Personal Injury 2012 - a piece of research carried out by YouGov into the personal injury claims market.

As many as one in four adults have suffered from a personal injury or accident within the last five years, yet only 20 per cent of those have actually gone on to make a claim.

That’s leaving millions of pounds compensation unclaimed every year.

The report shows that road traffic accidents (RTAs) make up the majority of personal injury claims (50 per cent), while accidents in a public place ‘shop premises, public highways etc’ (excluding RTAs) account for 21 per cent and accidents in the workplace account for 16 per cent.

Mixed attitudes to compensation

In among the statistics, the report also shines a light on the some of the nation's mixed attitudes towards personal injury compensation as a whole.

While many recognise that without the help of the legal profession and "no win, no fee" agreements, insurers would try to avoid paying out for legitimate claims, there is also an underlying perception, driven by the UK’s big insurance companies, that the number of claims are getting out of hand.

Consumers also recognise that whiplash sufferers should receive compensation for their injuries - unless the motor accident occurs at very low speed, but at the same time there is a feeling that the number of claims currently in the system for whiplash is too high.

The main reason respondents gave for not pursuing a personal injury claim is that they deemed their own injury to be ‘not bad enough’ to warrant a claim.

Consequently they should seek medical advice first before making a decision, as people often under estimate the long-term effects a seemingly minor injury can cause.

The second biggest reason given for not making a claim is that the respondent did not believe in claiming compensation. Often this attitude is supported by numerous news stories of bogus claims, but few genuine injury victims would challenge the right to reasonable re-dress.

The research states that while the majority of claim settlements involve sums of less than £2500, the average payout is £4707, so it’s well worth taking 30 seconds of your time to see if you qualify.

According to the YouGov research, personal injury claims companies rate very highly in terms of helpfulness and the friendliness of their staff, so you have nothing to lose by getting in touch.

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