Historically, the Scottish Borders is a term used to describe the whole border region of Southern Scotland; however, it is in fact just one of 32 council areas of Scotland and is home to various important industries and workplaces, including construction sites.
Although the area is mostly rural, with a spectacular and undulant topography, it also has a large flat area near the River Tweed; this is known as "The Merse" and is home to much of the area's working human population
Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland can represent claimants from all towns in the Borders, including the following:
- St. Boswells
We have offices in Peebles and Galashiels and the expertise of our personal injury lawyers in the Borders includes but is not confined to the following:
- Industrial disease claims
- Contamination claims
- Workplace infection claims
- Manual handling claims
- Workplace transport claims
- HAVS claims
- Fall from height claims
- Slip and trip claims
- Car accident claims
The outlook in Scotland
In 2012/13, there were 6,708 reported workplace accident injuries in Scotland, accounting for 9% of the British total.
Furthermore, in 2012/13, there were 301.7 injuries per 100,000 employees; this was marginally better than the British average of 312 injuries per 100,000 workers.
During the period, Health and Safety Executive inspectors issued 813 notices regarding unsafe working practices, and made 23 prosecutions, of which 21 resulted in conviction.
In terms of ill-health, including industrial illnesses such as HAVS, 64,000 people were diagnosed with some form of occupational illness.
However, the health and safety situation in Scotland is showing signs of improvement. For example, the fatal injury rate in Scotland in 2017/18 was the same as the East of England (0.63 cases per 100,000 workers). Before this Scotland had higher fatality rates than all regions of England.
Workplace accident claims in the Borders
Is your claim for compensation likely to be viable? How will it be funded? How long is it likely to take and will it cause much inconvenience?
For help answering these questions and more, try speaking with Thompsons personal injury lawyers in the Borders – we have offices in Peebles and Galashiels.
As the country's leading personal injury lawyers, with a success rate of over 90% and a track record of securing more than £1m a week in compensation, Thompsons is ideally placed to ensure your compensation claim is successful.