Although no amount of compensation can ever begin to make amends for a fatal or life-changing injury sustained by a loved one, a serious or fatal injury claim can at least help those affected manage the practical fallout from such an accident while also providing some financial recognition of the cost and trauma involved.
The dedicated serious and fatal injury claim solicitors in Thompsons' Edinburgh offices can help you recover compensation for an accident caused by a third party. Our areas of specialisation include the following:
- Car accident claims
- Motorcycle accident claims
- Cycling accident claims
- Workplace accident claims
- Industrial disease claims
- Medical claims
- Head injury claims
- Spinal injury claims
Your reasons to claim
If a loved one such as a partner or parent has sustained serious or fatal injury in an Edinburgh accident, you may wish to claim compensation for loss of dependency—for example, you or your children may have been dependent on your partner's income.
Furthermore, compensation may be payable for the fallout of the accident. This may include financial losses related to medical care, child care, domestic help, specialist equipment or funeral expenses. It may also include a component of compensation that recognises emotional pain.
It is essential that your serious and fatal injury claim is represented by an Edinburgh solicitor who has a proven track record in dealing with this area of the law; these types of claim can be both complicated and extremely high value.
Proof in an Edinburgh serious and fatal injury claim
Serious and fatal injury claims in Edinburgh follow the same rules regarding causation and proof as personal injury claims for minor and moderate injuries; you simply need to be able to prove that the accident and its consequences occurred as a direct result of another party's negligent actions or omissions. It is the job of our personal injury solicitors to help you gather evidence and to present these to the third-party insurers and, if necessary, to the courts.
Time scales in serious and fatal injury claims
No two claims are alike and the time it takes to settle will depend on such factors as the strength of the evidence, the availability of witnesses, the level of cooperation demonstrated by the defendant, and their willingness to admit liability.
It is important to know that although the vast majority of serious and fatal injury claims in Edinburgh are settled out of Court, some do reach this litigation stage and, inevitably, these cases take longer to settle.
Who can claim?
Scottish law allows any of the following to make a claim on behalf of a seriously injured loved one or, in the case of death, for fatal accident compensation:
- A spouse
- A civil partner
- A cohabiting partner of 2 or more years
- Any person who is financially dependent on the deceased, including children
Serious and fatal accident injury claims are usually complex and of high value. Although they also require an in-depth working understanding of the law, they also require a sensitive and compassionate approach.
To get free serious and fatal accident claim advice from our Edinburgh office on a No Win No Fee basis, call our lawyers today on 0800 0891 331.