Finding the most appropriate solicitor for your claim
Serious and fatal injuries change lives. For example, a brain or spinal injury can have profound and lasting impact and will inevitably cause the injured party to re-evaluate every aspect of their existence and independence. But the consequences are not confined merely to those who suffer injury; family and friends must also live through the trauma and the life challenges that are a result in every instance of serious injury.
Similarly, fatal accidents do not simply end a life; they also leave a profound and traumatic legacy for the loved ones of the deceased. Furthermore, they can also have serious practical impact, depriving families, spouses and dependents not only of companionship and support but also of vital income.
Who can claim?
Any person who has suffered serious personal injury or the loss of a loved one as a result of the actions or failures of another party may be able to claim compensation. Similarly, any close family member or dependent – e.g. a spouse, civil partner, child or stepchild – who has lost a loved one in a fatal accident has the right to claim compensation for the consequences of that accident.
However, for a claim to be viable, the incident must have happened within the last three years or (in the case of those who were under sixteen at the time of the accident or loss of a loved one), within three years of the date on which they turn sixteen.
Starting your claim
The first step is to seek legal advice from an experienced serious accident solicitor. Thompsons Solicitors are widely regarded as the leading specialists in serious and high value personal injury claims in Scotland – we have become leaders in terms of campaigning for and assisting families who are pursuing a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) following the loss of a loved one.
Talk to Thompsons
If you call, email or use our online form to get in touch with us with some basic details of your accident, we can quickly help you ascertain whether your case has a reasonable prospect of succeeding.
As an experienced and client-focused firm, we can take you through the important issues step-by-step so that you are able to understand the following:
- Whether you have a viable personal injury claim.
- The ins and outs of the claim process.
- The amount of compensation you are likely to receive.
- Whether you qualify for No Win, No Fee representation.
- The likely timescales for making your claim.
- Whether it is advisable to accept an offer from insurance company.
- All your queries about the legal process
A proud track record
Over our decades-long history, Thompsons Solicitors has won multiple awards and earned a reputation for excellence. However, this does not tell the full story. Through our work representing families left bereaved by fatal accidents together with our proud associations with unions, disabled claimants, asbestos claimants and medical negligence victims we have become the natural legal voice of the underdog – we have never acted for defenders in any type of personal injury claims and never will.
Whatever your situation and wherever you are in Scotland, if you or someone close to you has suffered life-changing, catastrophic injuries, or indeed a fatal accident, we can help you ensure that your compensation claim recognises the full scale of your loss.
How much compensation?
The amount of compensation awarded in a personal injury claim will always depend on individual circumstances. These include the following:
- The level of pain and suffering.
- Recovery time.
- Medical and treatment expenses.
- Care and rehabilitation expenses.
- Specialist equipment and accommodation expenses.
- Loss of capacity.
- Lasting financial impact – including lost earnings and loss of dependency.
- Whether the injured party bears any responsibility for the accident.
Although it cannot give you an accurate prediction of how much compensation you will receive, Thompsons' online compensation calculator can give you a rough idea of your claim's value. You can find this tool, here: Thompsons Scotland Compensation Calculator.
Serious, catastrophic and fatal injuries frequently result in immediate and pressing financial need – this is why we make securing interim payments a priority in any case in which it is both suitable and possible to achieve this.
Serious injury solicitors in Scotland
Thompsons Scotland serves the whole of the country. You can arrange for us to come and see you or you can come to see us in one of our five offices or 18 meeting places. We have main offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Peebles, Galashiels and Dundee. See the locations here.
We understand just how difficult and overwhelming it can feel to begin the process of making a claim. However, injured parties and their families have a legal right to compensation and by placing your trust in Thompsons, you can rest assured that we will help you achieve this by supporting who with confidence, sensitivity and expertise through every stage of the journey.
Furthermore, if you qualify for our No Win No Fee package, you can claim with the peace of mind that comes because you know you will be protected from all financial risk.