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Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland are driven to make a difference for our clients. When you need the highest standard of legal care for the most complex of claims, we will be there for you.

Our legal expertise and knowledge in the field of catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims are second to none, while our dedication to providing empathy and support is unequivocal.

Serious and Fatal injury Accidents Scotland

At Thompsons, our top priority is to help those injured through no fault of their own and to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.

Catastrophic injuries, serious injury accidents and fatal injury accidents can occur in road traffic accidents, workplace accidents, public transport accidents, and more. These serious injury accidents in Scotland may lead to brain injury, spinal injury, loss of eyesight, and severely injured limbs that require amputation. Sadly, the most serious accidents may result in fatality.

Each serious or fatal injury claim will vary to the next, but one thing is certain: the lives of the victim and/or their family will be significantly affected.

We understand that if you've sustained a serious injury accident in Scotland, it may seem as if your whole world has been turned upside down. You may be facing a long road to recovery, but claiming serious injury compensation can help ensure you get access to the most appropriate treatment and rehabilitation services for your individual circumstances.

We realise that if you're making a fatal injury claim for the loss of a loved one, then no amount of compensation will ever turn back the clock. However, receiving the right amount of damages can better equip you to deal with the difficult period of time that follows, hopefully making it easier for you to gradually adjust and be financially secure in the future.

Fatal Injury Solicitors Scotland

As one of Scotland's leading personal injury firms, Thompsons has specialist serious and fatal injury solicitors all over the country. We understand what an extremely difficult time this is for you, which is why we approach each case with the utmost sensitivity and care.

With many years of experience behind them, our lawyers also have a thorough understanding of this particularly complicated area of law, and we will use our expertise to guide you through every step of the way, aiming to make the process run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Thompsons has offices across Scotland.

Thompsons' serious and fatal injury claim solicitors Aberdeen specialise in helping people affected by the negligence or recklessness of third parties to secure compensation for life-changing or fatal injuries.

This includes those who have suffered as a result of the following situations:

  • Workplace accidents
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Medical accidents
  • Transport accidents
  • Falls from height
  • Construction site accidents
  • Agricultural accidents
  • Rail crashes
  • Industrial disease

Thompsons' Aberdeen serious and fatal injury claim specialists include a number of solicitors, solicitor advocates and other professionals whose main area of work is securing justice and suitable compensation for those affected by serious and avoidable accidents.

Although the ultimate goal of our service is securing the maximum compensation possible for our clients in the shortest possible time frame, we also understand that the profound financial and emotional consequences of these kinds of accidents reach far into families and communities. As such, our solicitors are dedicated to a sensitive and compassionate approach that also takes full consideration of any urgent needs as they arise—for example, the provision of specialist equipment.

If you've experienced serious injury accidents in the Borders, Thompsons Solicitors can assist with serious injury and fatal injury compensation claims. Our experienced solicitors in the Borders specialise in handling serious and fatal injury cases, aiming to secure full compensation for lost earnings, medical expenses, and more.

Talk to Thompsons today, and our No Win No Fee solicitors will help you navigate the process, ensuring the best possible settlement for injuries such as head, brain, spinal, or amputation injuries. We also address fatal injuries, providing support for bereaved family members without financial risk.Here at our fatal and serious injury claims office in the Borders, we work to ensure that bereaved family members and dependents of those killed in fatal accidents have the opportunity to receive monetary compensation for their loss without the incurrence of any financial risk during the claims process.

We can help you claim compensation for a fatal injury arising from any of the following:

  • Road traffic accidents
  • Medical accidents
  • Accidents at work
  • Accidents abroad
  • Marine accidents
  • Transport accidents

Contact Thompsons to start your claim with a specialist fatal and serious injury lawyer in the Borders. Our No Win No Fee approach means you pay nothing unless we win your case.

Thompsons' dedicated solicitors in Edinburgh specialise in serious and fatal injury claims, offering expertise in various areas, including car accidents, workplace incidents, and medical claims. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in an Edinburgh accident caused by a third party, our team can assist you in recovering compensation.

When considering a claim, it's crucial to assess your reasons for seeking compensation. In cases of serious or fatal injuries, you may be eligible for compensation due to loss of dependency, covering financial losses related to medical care, childcare, domestic help, and funeral expenses. It's essential to have an experienced Edinburgh solicitor with a proven track record to handle these intricate and high-value claims.

Serious and fatal injury claims in Edinburgh require proof of causation, demonstrating that the accident and its consequences resulted from another party's negligence. Our personal injury solicitors at Thompsons are dedicated to helping you gather evidence and present your case to third-party insurers or the courts if necessary.

Time scales for settling serious and fatal injury claims vary, depending on factors like evidence strength, witness availability, defendant cooperation, and liability admission. Although most cases are resolved outside of court, some may proceed to litigation, taking longer to settle. Anyone listed under Scottish law, including spouses, civil partners, cohabiting partners, parents, children, and financially dependent individuals, can make a claim on behalf of a seriously injured or deceased loved one.

For free advice on serious and fatal accident claims from our Edinburgh office on a No Win No Fee basis, contact our lawyers today.

Thompsons Solicitors in Glasgow provides essential assistance if a family member has suffered serious or fatal injuries in a workplace accident, road traffic incident, or another mishap. Our experienced solicitors in Glasgow offer comprehensive support, addressing emotional, practical, and legal challenges, including compensation claims and necessary inquiries or inquests, such as Fatal Accident Inquiries.

Our personal injury solicitors in Glasgow specialise in handling claims for serious and catastrophic injuries, encompassing brain injuries, head injuries, spinal injuries, loss of eyesight, loss of limbs, and burn injuries. These injuries not only diminish quality of life and independence but also often require significant care and support, impacting daily activities and employment opportunities.

In the unfortunate event of a fatal injury, our Glasgow solicitors understand the profound loss experienced by families. While compensation can never fully compensate for such loss, it can provide invaluable support during this difficult period, helping to alleviate financial burdens for surviving family members and dependents. Our expertise covers a range of fatal injury claims resulting from various accidents, including road traffic incidents, industrial injuries, helicopter crashes, maritime accidents, public transport incidents, workplace accidents, and medical accidents.

Thompsons Solicitors, recognised as a leading personal injury firm in Scotland, is ready to assist you in claiming compensation for serious or catastrophic injuries caused by the negligence, recklessness, or unreasonable conduct of another party. For more information on a No Win No Fee basis, contact us to speak with our expert injury lawyers and discuss your situation.

Thompsons Solicitors in Dundee, located on Whitehall Crescent, houses a dedicated team of specialists ready to assist individuals and their families dealing with the legal aftermath of serious injuries from workplace, car, or public liability accidents. Our mission is to secure compensation for pain, suffering, expenses, loss of amenity, medical care, and more, while addressing immediate practical needs.

While no amount of compensation can erase the trauma of serious or fatal injuries, it can help manage the practical and financial consequences, offering some form of recognition by holding those responsible accountable. As a firm, we exclusively represent claimants, committed to fighting for justice in these challenging situations.

Thompsons' serious accident claims solicitors in Dundee specialise in catastrophic injuries and fatal injury claims, providing support to those who have lost loved ones due to another party's negligence. Our approach aims to minimise distress for clients, combining robust litigation with sensitivity in interactions. With a no win no fee service, we protect clients from unforeseen costs, ensuring financial interests are safeguarded.

Strict time limits apply to personal injury claims in Scotland, generally requiring claims to be made within three years of the incident. Contact Thompsons' Dundee office today to explore the possibility of making a serious injury compensation claim with one of the largest and most respected personal injury firms in Scotland and the UK.

No Win No Fee Serious and Fatal Injury Claims 

Handling a compensation claim for serious or catastrophic injuries is a complex process that requires experienced solicitors. At Thompsons, we understand the challenges you face and strive to provide the best legal service without exposing you to financial risks.

Our No Win No Fee package ensures that you can pursue your claim with peace of mind. Under this arrangement, there are no upfront costs, and if your claim is unsuccessful, you won't be charged for our services. In the event of a successful claim, you pay Thompsons a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation, providing a fair and transparent approach.

Thompsons believes in protecting your legal rights without burdening you financially. Our charges are kept as low as possible, typically not exceeding 20%* of your total compensation. We cover the entire cost of running your case under our No Win No Fee package, regardless of how long it takes to conclude. If your case is unsuccessful, you pay nothing; all fees and outlays incurred by Thompsons are covered.

As one of the leading personal injury firms in Scotland, we are dedicated to representing individuals injured due to third-party negligence. With a success rate exceeding 90% and a commitment to securing approximately £1 million in compensation for our clients weekly, Thompsons is proud to offer assistance.

For more information, including details about the claims process, FAQs for serious and fatal injury claims, and living with a serious or catastrophic injury, contact Thompsons today.

*A higher percentage may be charged when acting through a claims management company.

How Do I Make a Claim with Thompsons Following a Serious or Fatal Accident

Our experienced team is ready to take your call about a serious or fatal injury accident. We understand the sensitive nature of these circumstances and you can rest assured that we will never pressure you into going forward with a claim.

Talk to Thompsons or fill in our contact form so we can discuss your situation and to find out how we could support you and your family at this difficult time.

FAQs for serious and fatal injury claims

For work accident claims, in all but the most exceptional of circumstances compensation will be paid from the Employers Liability Insurance of yours or the accident victim's employer. All Scottish employers are required by law to have such a policy in place.

If the fatal or severe injury was caused in a road accident, then the liable driver's motor insurer will be the one to pay. If the responsible driver is found to have no insurance, then the claim will have to be made through the Motor Insurers Bureau.

It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of a family member killed in work, car, medical, military or asbestos-related incident. However, the claim must be brought within three years of the date of death. Similarly, following a serious injury if the pursuer dies while making a claim, the estate can continue it on his or her behalf.

Yes, this is because claims are made against insurers rather than the employers themselves. In the UK, it is a legal requirement for all employers – even if their staff comprises just one person – to have Employers Liability insurance. Even if the employer has gone out of business, Thompsons' team of dedicated lawyers should be able to trace the liability insurers.

Regardless of whether you are someone who has suffered a serious injury in an accident or whether you are the relative or partner of a person who has suffered a fatal accident, Thompsons has developed a No Win No Fee agreement package that ensures you have the best possible chance of obtaining justice while achieving the maximum possible settlement.

Under the terms of our No Win No Fee agreement you will have nothing to pay unless your case proves to be successful.

The value of a claim will always depend on the extent and severity of injuries sustained.

As such, claims for serious and fatal injury are usually settled for much larger sums than for claims involving less serious injuries.

A claim for serious injury will look at the extent of the injury and how much pain and suffering it has caused the individual. These are known as general damages, also referred to as solatium in Scottish law.

Serious injuries include spinal injuries, brain injuries, and those which require the amputation of a limb. The amount awarded for solatium will vary greatly based on the extent of the suffering, so it is hard to predict an exact figure. But here are some general guidelines:

  • A spinal injury which has led to paralysis: In the range of £73,700 to £130,130.
  • An injury resulting in the loss of one arm: In the range of £73,100 to £99,500
  • An injury resulting in the loss of both arms: In the range of £183,000 to £228,000
  • An injury resulting in the loss of one leg: In the range of ££74,475 to £104,500
  • An injury resulting in the loss of both legs: In the range of £183,000 to £214,350
  • An injury resulting in brain damage: In the range of £32,725 to £307,000

Keep in mind the above only applies to the amount awarded for solatium. Claims for serious injury may also include damages sums for adaptations to the home, specialist equipment, medical bills and loss of earnings – these are known as special damages, or patrimonial loss.

Claims for fatal injury may include sums for loss of dependency (past and future) as well as for other needs such as counselling and pre-death medical expenses.

In the case of calculating figures for loss of support, the Damages (Scotland) Act 2011 states that a fixed percentage (75 percent) of the deceased's net should be used to calculate the loss of support claimed by any dependents. However, it is possible to challenge this fixed figure in cases where it can be demonstrated that it would produce "a manifestly and materially unfair result".

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Under the Damages (Scotland) Act 2011 relatives of those who have suffered a fatal accident in Scotland are entitled to claim a "bereavement award" (also called a "claim of society").

Eligible relatives include members of the deceased's immediate family such as the following:

  • Spouses
  • Civil partners
  • Cohabitees
  • Parents
  • Children
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents
  • Grandchildren

Even if you are not eligible for a bereavement award, as a relative of someone who suffered a fatal accident in Scotland you may be able to make a claim for loss of support and funeral costs: unlike in England and Wales, all cases are looked at on a case-by-case basis.

Although it is possible that your case will go to court, not all cases do. Although most personal injury claims end with some form of out-of-court resolution, claims for serious and fatal injury are generally of higher value so are more likely to result in courtroom litigation.

There are various funding options available to Thompsons' clients. However, it is worth bearing in mind that we offer No Win No Fee funding. This means that unless you win your case, you can rest assured that you will not have to pay to fund your claim in any way.

The personal injury accident claim time limit is three years. However, in cases where it took time for your injury to develop, the time limit begins three years from the date of diagnosis.

Additionally, if the claimant has lost mental capacity, the time limit does not begin until the time he or she regains this capacity.

In cases of fatal accidents, claimants have three years from the date of death or three years from the date at which the cause of death became known.

Yes, Thompsons can help assist with many matters relating to Fatal Accident Inquiries and give support, advice and guidance throughout the process.

In many cases, you can still claim state benefits even while being the recipient of personal injury accident compensation. Furthermore, Thompsons' personal injury solicitors can help you establish a personal injury trust so that you can manage your finances in a way that is convenient for you.

At Thompsons, we understand that interim payments are absolutely crucial in serious injury cases. A personal injury claim can take several years to reach a conclusion. Expecting you to wait this amount of time before receiving any compensation is obviously unreasonable. If you've been seriously injured because of another person, then you should not be made to wait to receive the best care possible. Unfortunately, certain treatments and therapies are not always available on the NHS.

This is why interim payments are sought to help pay for the immediate expenses, such as for the funding of special aids, treatments, and rehabilitation services. If you require urgent care, then our lawyers will seek the interim payments you deserve while the final sum is still being calculated

Most accident claims are proven on the basis of medical records, witness statements and official workplace health and safety documentation. In the case of most serious and fatal injury accidents at work, there will be a health and safety investigation and, if the employer is found to have been negligent, there may also be a prosecution.

Accidents can have different contributing factors, and it's possible that you may feel something you did contributed to your own injuries. Because of this, you might be concerned that the chances of your claim being successful are harmed. However, this is rarely the case. So if, for instance, you did not follow the exact safety instructions given to you by your employer and fear this will lead to the courts dismissing your claim, try talking to Thompsons first. The law is still likely to be very much on your side. Before any partial responsibility is placed on you, it must be proven by the other party that your actions were not the result of mere inadvertence but of negligence.

If the other party is able to prove with evidence that your negligent actions contributed to your injury, then the courts will determine how liable you are and split the compensation accordingly For example, if you are found to be 50 percent responsible for your injuries you will receive 50 percent of the damages you would have otherwise received; if you are found to be 25 percent responsible you will receive 75 percent of the damages.

Yes. Many of our claimants now live abroad in locations such as France, South Africa and Australia. If you lived or worked in Scotland before you moved overseas, or to another part of the UK you can bring a claim for compensation in the usual way.

Catastrophic Injury
Life-changing injuries take many forms and can cause devastation for the victim and the family. Thompsons can help.
Head Injury
Head and facial injuries can vary from mild to severe, causing a range of serious symptoms and lasting effects. Talk to Thompsons.
Spinal Injury
Damage to the spinal cord can affect almost every aspect of life. Thompsons are here to help you receive the compensation you need.
Loss of Sight
Injuries causing total or partial loss of sight are devastating and will affect almost every aspect of daily life. Thompsons can help.
Brain Injury
Compensation claims for brain injuries are complex and often protracted. Thompsons brain injury solicitors will guide you throughout.
Thompsons can help you seek the best treatments and state-of-the-art prosthetics following an amputation injury.
Burn Injury
Serious burn and scald injuries are likely to require prolonged treatment and care. Thompsons’ specialist solicitors can help.
Psychological Injury
Serious accidents and trauma can lead to psychiatric illnesses and mental health problems. Talk to Thompsons today.
Internal Injury
Serious traumatic accidents causing internal injuries can have far-reaching consequences. Talk to Thompsons about making a claim.
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