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Thompsons Solicitors - a dedicated team

Our catastrophic and fatal injury claim team understands the immense difficulty that comes with making a claim after a serious injury or following the death of a loved one.

Thompsons' dedicated personal injury claim solicitors are ready to be at your side in the event that you have suffered a serious or catastrophic injury. We can also help bereaved families who have lost loved ones in fatal accidents.

We understand that this is possibly one of the most challenging times in your life and never underestimate the difficulties associated with seeking justice and making a claim for compensation.

The litigation process can be very distressing when you have suffered a serious injury or a bereavement, which is why we are here to offer all the advice and support you need using our expertise and years of experience to settle your claim with care and sensitivity. If you need advice, you can always Talk to Thompsons.

Our Serious and Fatal Injury Solicitors

Hannah Bennett

Hannah BennetI have special expertise in representing clients in high-value, serious and catastrophic injury claims.

The most rewarding aspects of my job are helping clients to obtain answers, redress and a just outcome. At Thompsons, I know everyone in the firm is as passionate as I am about what we do and the difference we make. We strive to always put clients at the centre of each case and I know that, as a team, we go above and beyond to fight for justice for our clients.

As a specialist in personal injury and health and safety law, I am experienced in litigating in the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts and I have represented families in fatal accident inquiries .

I am proud to have been involved in various high-profile cases including acting on behalf of victims of the Clutha air disaster and Glasgow bin lorry accident. I also acted in the notable case Susan McLellan v Mitie Group Plc.

Natalie Donald

Natalie DonaldHaving started my time at Thompsons in the Road Traffic Accident Department, I am currently specialising in fatal accident cases and medical negligence claims. Specifically, I have developed an expertise in deaths occurring within care homes and, as an experienced litigator, have vast experience of actions in both the Sheriff Courts and the Court of Session.

Many of my cases are referred to me by other Scottish solicitors, particularly in the Scottish Borders area, and my main motivation and driving force is my passion for social justice in the most complex of situations. 

I believe it is my duty to go above and beyond to ensure my clients receive the result they deserve, while I mitigate the stress and trauma as much as possible for them.

Alongside my work at Thompsons, I am also Secretary for Headway, Berwick, a charity which aims to help improve survivors' lives following brain injury accidents.

Jayne Crawford

Jayne CrawfordSpecialising in complex and high-value serious-injury cases, my case handling responsibilities include the management of private case referrals from individuals and other Scottish lawyers, as well as the management of case referrals from National Trade Unions.

I have wide-ranging experience of litigating at the Court of Session, where I have run proofs, jury trials and appeals to the Inner House and in the Sheriff Courts.

My notable cases include:

The variety of case introducers that I deal with means I handle claims across the whole personal injury spectrum including road traffic collisions, fatal accident cases and serious workplace injuries. I have also dealt with criminal injury claims and industrial disease work.

The challenges of litigation keep me entirely committed to fighting for my clients to ensure they receive the full justice and recompense they are entitled to.

Patrick McGuire

Patrick McGuireAs a personal injury solicitor and campaigner for social justice, I am immensely proud of Thompsons' ability to help change lives in Scotland. We are a firm which only ever represents the injured in accident claims, never big businesses, and we have a notable history of effecting change to legislation including the way workplaces are held to account following failings.

I have served as the Recognised Legal Representative on several notable recent Public Inquiries including:

I work closely with victims' groups to campaign and lobby for the announcement of Public Inquiries and I also serve on the Law Society of Scotland's Access to Justice Committee. 

For individual clients, I understand that each claim for justice is of the utmost personal importance and each case has the ability to change their life for the better following a catastrophic injury. As a personal injury solicitor, I never forget this and remain 100% committed to ensuring Thompsons clients receive the dedicated, committed and expert legal representation that Thompsons has built its reputation upon.

I am dedicated to promoting the rights of victims of accidents and disease at work and one of my professional goals is to dispel the myth of the compensation culture, which serves the insurance industry and encourages employers to ignore their duties to health and safety. As a law firm, we see too many serious injuries to ignore this fact and it is my aim to help create a health and safety culture, wherein employees can attend their work safe in the knowledge that they will return home to their loved ones in the same physical and mental state each night.

Glen Millar

Glen MillarMy career at Thompsons has encompassed a wide range of case types including some of the most serious and catastrophic accidents.

I am proud to have worked on many important and notable cases. Including Kerry Donnelly v F A S Products Limited, in which the decision of Lord Brodie on 19th March 2004 upheld the proposition that an amputee may obtain a prosthesis privately and recover the cost from the culpable party even where alternative treatment is available on the NHS.

I also acted for the family of Sundar Vadivel Uthaman in their claim against Whitbread plc following a fatal injury accident at one of their Premier Inn hotels in Edinburgh in 2012. While the settlement achieved was a step toward redress for the family, Thompsons believes the Crown Office was wrong to decide against holding a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) into the incident.

It this type of treatment of accident victims and their families which spurs us onward in seeking changes to the FAI process, including greater transparency as to why an FAI might be refused.

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