At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

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Road Traffic Claims

In 2012, the A72 between Peebles and Innerleithen in Scotland was the site of a collision that caused a motorcyclist severe injury and left him unable to work for months.

Now, almost two years on, the roofer from Innerleithen, has been awarded damages following a personal injury compensation claim.

A Belgian tourist visiting Scotland ended up driving along the wrong side of the road following confusion at traffic lights, causing a road traffic accident between himself and one other vehicle.

Maintenance work had been under way on a stretch of A830 heading towards the Isles and a traffic light system had been put in place to control traffic flow.

It is perhaps ironic that in the middle of Road Safety Week, I travelled to visit a client at her home who had recently suffered very serious injuries as a result of a road traffic accident, and is still unable to travel, to discuss a case which highlights everything that Road Safety Week is about.

As Scotland prepares for the change in drink driving laws on December 5, a public information drive has been launched to warn drivers of the risks relating to, amongst other things, being over the limit the morning after a night of alcohol consumption.

 In pursuing your claim for car crash compensation, there are certain factors that you have to take into consideration. First, you should not sign into anything in relation to your accident without legal advice from a personal injury lawyer. It is very common for insurance companies to put pressure on claimants so that they will not have to pay the necessary amount, but rather only what they want to pay.

If you were involved in a car accident and you want to be recompensed, you will need to pursue Car Crash Compensation.  If you were injured by another driver, because of the car accident, it is only natural to claim compensation for the injuries you sustained.  You can ask the other party's insurance company to pay the cash settlement. In the case that the driver is not insured, you may still be able to claim compensation from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

A recent survey by Admiral Insurance showed Scottish drivers are the most likely in Britain to crash their cars into hit lamp posts.

Further statistics also show Scottish drivers are most likely to hit an animal. Inverness is top of the list closely followed by Pert, Dumfries, Orkney and Aberdeen. It is unsurprising however, as these are all rural areas and simply have more wildlife than other regions in the UK.

Hannah BennettReducing deaths from drink related road traffic accidents is one of the European Commission’s main priorities within their strategy to reduce alcohol related harm.

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