Complex claims require time, effort and expertise
Whether sustained in a workplace accident, road traffic accident or as a result of medical negligence, serious and catastrophic injuries are the most traumatic a person can experience. However, when it comes to claiming personal injury compensation, they are frequently the most complex, contested and, unfortunately, protracted.
This is an inevitable consequence of both the serious nature and high value when compared to other types of claim, as it is essential for the solicitors to get everything right so that the full, long-term consequences of the injury are accounted for. Defendants, even when admitting liability, are likely to mount an in-depth defence case when the settlement is likely to be a six- or even seven-figure award.
At Thompsons Scotland, we are undeterred by protracted defence strategies, even against the biggest corporations, and we work to ensure that our clients receive the fullest possible compensation so they can achieve recognition for their pain, suffering, losses, now and in the future, and on-going expenses. We also work to ensure the best possible treatment, therapy and rehabilitation are made available to claimants. Talk to Thompsons today.
In the case of a fatal accident claim, we make it a priority to remain sensitive to the needs of family members and dependents throughout the whole process of securing civil justice. For more information about how long your claim may take, read on below.
Early Interim Payment
Whenever possible and appropriate we will seek to secure early interim payments in serious and fatal accident claims. In practice this means that when liability has been admitted by the defendant, we will work fast to ensure interim compensation sums are made available for the claimant's most pressing needs – for example, to cover care and rehabilitation costs, and everyday needs such as mortgage or childcare payments.
When the final settlement sum is decided, any interim award will be deducted from the final amount payable.
Every claim is different and the exact circumstances of the incident, the investigations afterwards and the nature of the claimant's injuries will dictate the length of time it takes to negotiate a settlement or see the case through the court. It is safe to say that if the defendant concedes liability at an early stage, it is likely to result in a much swifter settlement. However, even in cases where the defendant has admitted liability, the claim may still take a significant length of time to conclude because of potential disagreement regarding the value of the claim.
As a general rule, you should not expect a claim to be settled inside of four months or to take longer than three years, although there are exceptions to both these rules.
Thompsons serious and fatal accident solicitors in Scotland do our utmost to conclude claims for their maximum value within the shortest possible timespans, ideally within six to 12 months.
Typically delays to swift resolution are caused by:
- Arguments with the other side about the circumstances of the accident, who was to blame and who is liable to pay any compensation sum awarded.
- Arguments with the other side about the medical evidence in relation to the seriousness of the injuries sustained and the amount of compensation payable for those injuries.
In some cases, following a serious head injury for example, it may take some time before doctors will be able to fully understand the extent of the injuries and how they will affect the future for the claimant. Early settlement of such claims is therefore not recommended and full consideration of all the medical evidence will need to taken.
Lastly, in some instances accident victims may be offered early insurance settlement directly from the liable party's insurer or legal team. While this might seem like a fast way to receive compensation, we recommend that any such offer is rejected. In most cases, insurers will minimise the value of a claim and will not take all medical evidence into account. Never accept an offer from an insurance company or representative of the defendant party until you have taken independent legal advice from an experienced accident claim solicitor.
Talk to Thompsons, serious and fatal accident solicitors in Scotland
If you or someone close to you has suffered catastrophic or serious injury in an accident that was caused by another party, we can help you consider your rights. Call us today and we can give you an idea of whether you might be entitled to compensation, how long the case might take to resolve and whether you can claim on a No Win, No Fee basis, thereby protecting yourself from all financial risk.
Thompsons is recognised as one of the leading firms in Scotland and we have offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Galashiels and Peebles. We can make home and hospital visits at your convenience or can arrange to meet you at one of numerous locations across the country.
Contact Thompsons today by filling in one of our online forms or calling us on 0800 0891 331.