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The risks of dangerous adventure activities

No one doubts the value of a properly organised school trip; the benefits of participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme or the character building experience of an outdoor activity course are unarguable.

While participating in such activities can be fun, they can also carry some risks, and organisers must make sure that the entire activity is properly run by suitably qualified and competent leaders, that the necessary risk assessments have been carried out and, if necessary, that the activity providers are properly licensed.

Sadly, not all of these essential precautions are always carried out, and when things go wrong during an adventure activity, they can go very wrong, very quickly, potentially resulting in a fatality.

The importance of expert legal advice for fatal accident claims

If you have lost a loved one as a result of a fatal accident during an adventure activity, you may feel the need for legal advice. While this is no doubt an extremely difficult time for you, you may find that it helps to speak to a lawyer who not only has an extensive knowledge of the law, but has detailed and practical experience of complex fatal accident claims, and who is equipped to provide the immediate care and support that you and your family require, displaying empathy and understanding throughout the whole legal process.

Because fatal accident claims are a complicated area of law, the lawyer must also be able to work with all of the agencies who will be involved in the aftermath of a fatal accident such as this, including the Health and Safety Executive, the Police, the Crown Office and the courts. This is necessary to ensure that the victim's family is put first, making sure any concerns or demands they have are met. This may often mean fighting for a Fatal Accident Inquiry.

Many law firms in Scotland do not possess all these attributes. But at Thompsons Solicitors, we do.

Thompsons' injury solicitors are experts in advising people about fatal accident claims. For example, we acted on behalf of the parents of Army Cadet Kaylee McIntosh, who died in 2007 when she was trapped under a capsized boat during a training exercise. We know that, at such a difficult time, the families of victims want a lawyer who is understanding and dedicated to ensuring they achieve the best possible outcome for their case, that they receive justice and, above all, that lessons are learned.

Get help moving forward with Thompsons

When dealing with the aftermath of the unexpected loss of a loved one, the complex legal process of making a claim for compensation can be a daunting prospect. But an experienced accident lawyer will be able to guide you through, offering expert advice and support every step of the way so that, together, you can decide on the best way forward.

If you have lost someone in a fatal accident, even if you are unsure whether you would be able to claim, contact our No Win No Fee lawyers today on 0800 0891 331.

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