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Claims on behalf of children and in the event of lost mental capacity

If someone you know has suffered serious, catastrophic or fatal injury in an accident that was not their fault, Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland can help you claim on their behalf. Our experience includes representing claims for the following types of injury:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Brain and head injury
  • Amputation injury
  • Burn injury
  • Electrical injury
  • A fall from height injury
  • Injury caused by moving machinery

We are widely recognised as being the leading personal injury law firm in Scotland and we win more than 90% of the cases we take on. Each week we secure our clients around £1 million in compensation.

We have experience of making claims against the following kinds of defendants:

  • Hospital trusts
  • Multinational employers
  • Public sector employers
  • Car insurance companies
  • Holiday tour operators

The above types of defendants are often perceived to have powerful legal teams and you may be anxious about making a claim against them. However, Thompsons in Scotland will be on hand to take them on, on your behalf, and will be able to represent you in all contact and ongoing discussion with them. You will never be alone in seeking justice.

Claiming for a loved one who has lost mental capacity

If your family member or loved one has sustained a serious brain injury which has caused them to lose mental capacity, you can make a claim on their behalf under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

You may also be able to make a claim on behalf of someone else if they suffer mental illness, learning difficulties or have developed an illness such as Alzheimer's or dementia.

If your loved-one has suffered an accident as a result of the actions or failures of another party and they lack capacity to initiate a claim for themselves, talk to Thompsons today to see if we can assist you.

Claiming on behalf of a child

If you are looking to claim compensation for a serious injury sustained by someone who is under 16, you may be able to claim on their behalf by acting as a "litigation friend". A litigation friend is typically a parent, guardian or trusted relative who is able to prove that they will act competently and in the best interests of the claimant.

As such, if the injury being claimed for was potentially caused by the parent – for example, in a car accident – they will not be able to act as a litigation friend.

In a case of this nature, the compensation is awarded only to the injured party – not to the litigation friend. Any compensation award is typically put into a personal injury trust so that the claimant, the person who suffered the injury, will benefit from the money awarded and it will be protected for their future needs. The trust would be managed by a trustee.

Claiming for a fatal accident in Scotland

Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland can help you claim compensation if someone close to you has suffered a fatal accident.

We are specialists in serious and fatal work accident claims and have been at the forefront of efforts to ensure that families' voices are properly heard, that they receive appropriate compensation and that those responsible are properly held to account; if necessary via a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI).

Similarly, we have a team that specialises in securing compensation for the loss of loved ones in Scottish road accidents.

Claiming alongside someone who has suffered life-changing injuries

Even when a person has retained mental capacity following a serious or catastrophic injury, it is not uncommon for a close friend or family member to assist them closely in making a claim, possibly by organising appointments, accompanying the claimant at meetings etc.

The months and years immediately following a serious accident can be traumatic and living with a serious or catastrophic injury can be extremely challenging.

By taking prompt action on a family member's behalf, you can not only ensure that their future financial needs are met but also that, whenever possible and appropriate, they receive interim payment for their most urgent and pressing needs.

Our experienced and sensitive solicitors can help families in this situation secure their full rights under the law and provide guidance and assistance so that they are better able to cope with fallout from the accident as well.

Talk to Thompsons – across all of Scotland

Thompsons has made its name ensuring justice for those who have suffered serious and life-changing injuries, as well as for families who have lost loved ones to fatal accidents.

We look to ensure that every aspect of the claimant's needs are considered, including education, accommodation, rehabilitation, care, family arrangements, past and future lost earnings, and any pressing short-term financial needs.

For more information, contact us on 0800 0891 331. We have offices and meeting places across Scotland and are happy to come to you should you be unable to travel. We will do our best to arrange a time and place to suit you. Talk to Thompsons, today.

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