Making sure you are properly cared for
Making a personal injury claim following a serious accident which causes catastrophic injuries can ensure that you are financially secure as a result of your ongoing needs, or those of your loved one.
The various costs associated with specialist medical treatment, equipment, travel, and ongoing care, sometimes for the entire life of the injured party, are likely to be considerable.
Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland is widely regarded as the nation's leading legal specialist firm for serious, fatal and high-value accident claims and can help you claim compensation for all the expenses and losses incurred as a result of a serious accident. Talk to Thompsons today.
Understanding your situation
Our team has the experience and expertise to help you quickly assess and realise your most immediate and pressing post-accident needs. Be sure to keep receipts and invoices for any ongoing costs so that all expenses you incur can be documented and accounted for in your final settlement.
These may include the following:
- carer costs (if you need day-to-day assistance)
- specialist treatment costs
- home modifications
- mobility aids
- prosthetic limbs
- taxis (if you can't drive)
- domestic help
Wherever possible, we seek to ensure interim payments of compensation to cover the cost of living with a serious or catastrophic injury from the outset.
Claiming for future medical risks
It is not always possible to accurately predict how accident injuries might affect a person's future health. This is why in some cases we may decide it is wise to settle on a sum for your injuries in the present while also reserving the right to claim again at a later date – for example, if there is a marked deterioration in your accident-related health.
In the case of a head injury, it may make sense to accept an initial settlement but to reserve the right to return to court in the event that further symptoms such as epilepsy develop in the future. The same may be true of a spinal cord injury – although there might be some impairment but not paralysis in the present, the injured party's condition could deteriorate over time, meaning that further compensation may be essential.
Personal injury trusts
A personal injury trust is frequently a very important tool for someone who is claiming compensation for a serious injury, not least because it may allow them to claim certain benefits and local authority care support without falling foul of means tests.
The trust itself may take one of several different possible forms but they all share one thing in common: once compensation is in trust, trustees (which may include the claimant) have control over how the money is spent and managed.
A personal injury trust is also useful to those who have no or limited experience of handling large sums of money or who otherwise lack the capacity to do so, and for child recipients of large compensation sums. Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland has a great deal of experience in helping claimants to set up and manage personal injury trusts – contact us today for more information about how we may be able to help you.
Support and guidance from Scotland's most high-profile personal injury firm
High-value personal injury claims for serious injuries are typically complex and negotiating a suitable sum in an out-of-court settlement may prove difficult. In such situations Thompsons has the necessary experience to take your claim through the courts and we will be on hand to guide you through every step of the process.
Furthermore, if we agree to take your case on, we can protect you from financial risk by representing you on a No Win, No Fee basis.