Accident Claims In Scotland
What Is An Accident In Scotland Claim?
Many people are worried about the prospect of making an accident or injury compensation claim in Scotland, and some even decide not to bother as they think that it will be too stressful or complicated. With the help of our highly trained accident claims solicitors in Scotland, you can relax, knowing that we will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.
Common Accidents In Scotland
If you have suffered an accident, you will know just how stressful they can be. You may be in a significant amount of pain, and there is also the worry of financial hardship if you have to take time off work to recover from your accident. If worry about your financial situation, or a lack of funds, is slowing your recovery from your accident, we at Free Legal Justice want to help.
Many people just like you are put off making an accident compensation claim by the thought of the stress and hassle of the claims process. Our dedicated accident claims specialists are here to help. We don’t think that making a claim should be stressful or time-consuming for you, so we take over all of that. We will take over the process of making your claim, leaving you free to concentrate on getting better.
If you are considering making an accident compensation claim, our claims team is here to help. We are available 24 hours a day, so call us or claim online today.
Working With Personal Injury Solicitors To Make An Accident Claim In Scotland
Our specialist personal injury solicitors are here to help take the stress out of your accident compensation claim. Our dedicated team of specialist claims advisors are here 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, to ensure that you have all the access to expert legal advice, when you need it. You can call us direct, or fill in our online claims form and we will arrange a call back at a time that is convenient to you.
Our expert team of personal injury solicitors understand the importance of listening. We make sure that we listen carefully to every aspect of your case, including who was at fault, the circumstances surrounding your accident, all of the details of your injuries and the ways in which this has impacted your life. This degree of personalised care means that we are able to give you the most accurate information and advice that is specific to you.
Our personal injury specialists are also able to handle all of the admin and paperwork involved in making your accident compensation claim. All legal action can require a significant amount of paperwork, including letters and forms that must be submitted within strict deadlines. Once we are employed as your solicitors, we are able to complete almost all of this. We are also able to offer free home visits, to help you complete any of the paperwork that we can’t fill out on your behalf.
Making an accident compensation claim doesn’t have to be time-consuming or stressful. All you need to do is call our personal injury solicitors today and get the help you need to obtain the compensation you deserve.
How Much Compensation Is Awarded On Average For Accidents In Scotland?
The amount of compensation you are likely to receive for your accident might seem like an easy question to answer, but all compensation payments are specific to your personal situation, so the only way to get an accurate assessment is to discuss your accident with our highly-trained legal professionals. There are some common aspects across all compensation claims, however.
Compensation claims are comprised of two main parts. The first, and usually the easiest to calculate, is to compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. The follows guidelines set down nationally by the Judicial College, which provides a range of payments that are considered appropriate for any particular injury. These ranges can be very broad, as they are designed to take into account the individual nature of your personal injury.
In addition to this, you are also entitled to compensation for any financial costs, expenses or liabilities that you have incurred as a result of your accident. This is designed to ensure that you are not left financially worse off as the result of an accident that wasn’t your fault. This can include covering you for the loss of any earnings you could have expected during any period you have needed to be off work, or for the loss of potential future earnings, if your injuries mean that you are unable to return to your former profession. You are also able to claim the expenses associated with any additional medical care or rehabilitation that might have been necessary and hard to access via the NHS. For those who have very serious injuries, you are entitled to payments to allow you modify your home or vehicle to help you to live as close to the life you had before as possible. In general, you are entitled to claim back any expenses that you have had that would not have occurred had your accident not happened.
Working with our dedicated team of personal injury claims solicitors means that you have the benefit of our years of experience, allowing us to claim for many expenses that you might not have realised could be included in your compensation claim. We want to get you the financial support you need to help get your life back on track.
How Long Does It Take To Make An Accident Claim In Scotland?
It can be difficult to be sure exactly how long a particular accident compensation case will take, as some take far longer to finish than others. We realise that it is important to finish your case as quickly as possible, to allow you to put your accident behind you and move on.
Some cases can be resolved in a matter of just a few weeks or months. These tend to be the easier claims to process, where the other party does not try to claim that the accident wasn’t their fault and where they are keen to agree the compensation amount as quickly as possible. Less severe injuries also tend to be quicker to resolve, as the amounts of money involved are smaller and the other party is less likely to want to put in the additional effort to argue about how much you deserve.
More complicated cases include those where the other person does not accept that they were liable for what happened to you, or if multiple people were all partially to blame. In these situations, your case may take far longer to be resolved and for you to get the compensation you need. If your case has to go to court, it will also take much longer to be completed.
Can I Get No Win No Fee Help With My Accident In Scotland Claim?
We don’t believe that anyone should have to worry about how to afford the legal advice thy need to get the compensation they deserve. This is why we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to almost all of our clients.
When you take on a no win no fee personal injury claims solicitor, you don’t have to pay anything until we get you the compensation you deserve. If we are unable to secure your compensation payment, you won’t have to pay anything. This is important, as it means that you will never be left financially worse off for seeking the compensation you are entitled to. We also cap our fees at a percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that you will always know in advance how much you will receive when you are offered a compensation amount and you will always receive the vast majority of any money paid out.
In a very few situations, we are unable to offer our services on a no win no fee basis. Although this is rare, we will make sure that we tell you immediately if you fall into this category. If you are unlucky enough to have your accident claim be ineligible for no win no fee agreements, we will discuss a variety of alternative funding options with you to help ensure that you get the legal help you need at a price you can afford.
If you are considering making an accident compensation claim, don’t hesitate. Our expert team are waiting to take your call. Call us or claim online and let our expert team of accident claims solicitors help you with your claim.
Will I Still Have To Pay Costs For My Accident In Scotland If I Lose My Claim?
We can guarantee that you will never be asked to make any payments for a no win no fee accident claim in which we are not able to get you the compensation you deserve. This is the great advantage of working on a no win no fee basis. We are able to help you get justice for your accident or injury without putting yourself at any financial risk. You can pursue your no win no fee compensation claim with confidence, secure in the knowledge that you will never be left worse off as a result of pursuing your claim.
Is There A Time Limit Before I Have To Make An Accident In Scotland Compensation Claim?
All compensation claims are expected to be completed within two years of the accident or injury that led to them. It is essential that you seek expert legal advice from our personal injury solicitors as early as possible to ensure that you do not run the risk of missing out due to this deadline.
Depending on your accident or injury, it might be worth having a small delay before making your accident compensation claim. This is because some injuries do not appear until some time after the accident and others may vary wildly in how long they take to heal. You shouldn’t delay getting the legal help you need from our personal injury specialists, however, as we will use any additional time to make sure that we are putting together the best case we can to get you the compensation you are entitled to.
The Process Of Making An Accident Compensation Claim In Scotland
In order to make an accident personal injury compensation claim, you will need to follow a standard process.
Before making an accident compensation claim, it can be important to get some legal advice and help. Our expert team of experienced personal injury claims solicitors are here 24 hours a day to make sure that you can access the support you need. Call us or claim online to give yourself the best possible chance of getting the compensation you need.
The first thing we, as your solicitors, need to do is notify the other person that you are making an accident compensation claim against them. We ask them to accept that they were at fault and we give them a deadline by which they must respond.
If the other person refuses to accept that they were to blame, we will show them evidence that makes this clear. This evidence comes in many forms, including statements, photographs and videos and even their own accident book. Once we have provided them with evidence, very few employers will continue to dispute liability.
Once the other party has accepted that they are liable and that they will need to pay compensation following your accident, we then need to begin negotiations to decide the exact amount of compensation that is fair. Although we conduct the negotiations on your behalf, you are always in control. We will inform you of every single offer that is made, even if we recommend that you reject it. We will give you our honest, unbiased advice, based on our years of experience, as to whether you should accept or reject any specific offer, but we will always support your decision. If you reject an offer, we will explain to the other side why, and the reasons that we believe you deserve a higher amount.
The vast majority of personal injury compensation claims are resolved without having to go to court, through the process described above. If it is not possible to reach an agreement as to how much compensation is fair, or if the other party refuses to accept that they were to blame, your case might need to be resolved by a judge. This is not as daunting as it might sound, especially as we’re with you the whole way through.
How To Start Your Accident In Scotland Compensation Claim
Making an accident claim can seem daunting. It can be hard to decide whether to go ahead with making a claim, and you may be unsure who to trust. Our dedicated team of personal injury claims solicitors have years of experience helping people just like you to make their accident compensation claims.
If you are thinking of making a compensation claim for your accident, it’s important to get help as soon as possible. Call us or claim online to arrange your free, no obligation consultation. We can call you back at a time of your choosing, or even arrange a home visit if that would make your claim easier for you. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to make sure that you can access the help you need at a time that suits you.
As part of the conversation, our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors will listen to the full details of your accident. This includes everything that happened around your accident (especially in the period just before it, as well as who you believe was to blame), the ways in which your life has been impacted by what has happened and the full extent of your injuries. This allows us to give you personalised advice about the likelihood of winning your case, as well as the amount of compensation you might receive.
I Suffered An Accident In Scotland. Can I Claim Compensation?
If you have suffered an accident, you may not be sure whether you are able to claim compensation or not. Many of our clients tell us that they wondered the same thing. The requirements for making an accident compensation claim are very simple and most people are eligible.
The first requirement is that you must have been harmed in some way as a result of your accident. You can be compensated for any injuries, physical or mental, that you sustain following your accident, but you are not able to receive compensation for a near miss, where you avoided injury. If you are struck by a falling object, for example, you are able to make a claim. If you narrowly miss being struck because you jumped out of the way, you are not entitled to compensation.
The next requirement for you to make an accident compensation claim is that there must have been someone else to blame for what happened to you. This person or organisation does not need to have taken specific action, or to have been present when your accident happened, but they must have had some form of responsibility for your welfare. For accidents that took place in the workplace, this can be very straightforward to establish, as your employer has a statutory duty of care.
You will also need to be sure that what happened to you wasn’t a freak occurrence. It doesn’t need to be something that happens regularly, but you can only claim for something that could reasonably have been foreseen, without sufficient care and attention.
The final thing to think about is whether the person responsible for your welfare put sufficient measures in place to protect you. Even if some steps were taken, you are still able to claim if these were not adequate for the circumstances you found yourself in.
If you have suffered an accident and someone else was to blame, whether through their negligence or carelessness, you are entitled to compensation. If you are considering making an accident compensation claim, don’t delay. Call us now or claim online to discover how we can help you to get the compensation you deserve.
What Should You Do Following An Accident In Scotland?
The most important thing following any accident or injury is to ensure that you are safe and that you have access to the first aid assistance and medical support that you need. Once you are sure that you are able, you might want to think about a few simple actions that will help with your accident compensation claim.
The simplest thing you can do to help your accident compensation claim would be to write down everything you can remember from the time surrounding your accident. This can include anything that happened prior to it but that might be relevant as well as details of the aftermath. The more details that you can write down now, the easier it will be for you to remember all of the important information if your case has to go to court.
It can also be valuable to make sure that you have the names and contact information of anyone who may have witnessed your accident. Having witnesses to back up your account of what happened is strong evidence, and the more witnesses we are able to contact, the stronger your case will be. You may wish to ask them to write down everything that they remember of the circumstances surrounding your accident, but we are happy to deal with this for you if you prefer.
Photographs or videos of the place where your accident happened can also be very helpful, especially if you are able to highlight anything that made the area unsafe and made your accident more likely. Obviously, it is essential that you are careful when trying to obtain pictures and that you don’t put yourself at risk to get them.
Although taking these steps can make it easier to support your accident compensation claim, none of them are essential and we fully understand if these are not your first priority in the period immediately after your accident. The biggest thing you can do to help your accident compensation claim, however, is to call us or claim online. This will allow you to get the expert help you need to support you throughout your accident claim without having to pay anything up front.
How Can Personal Injury Solicitors Help?
We are dedicated to making sure that your accident compensation claim is as simple and stress free as possible. We know that making an accident compensation claim is stressful, so we are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to make sure that you can get the legal advice and help you need, when you need it. Call or claim online and we will call you back at a time of your choosing.
Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors understand the importance of listening. We make sure that we listen carefully to every aspect of your case, including who was at fault, the circumstances surrounding your accident, all of the details of your injuries and the ways in which this has impacted your life. This degree of personalised care means that we are able to give you the most accurate information and advice that is specific to you.
Our teams take over all of the time-consuming and complex admin, meaning that you don’t need to waste your time filling out forms, writing to the other party or trying to conduct the compensation negotiations. This takes all of the stress and burden off of you and allows you to concentrate on other things. For the few pieces of paperwork that do require your personal signature, we are able to arrange a home visit to help you with this, if you would prefer. This way, we ensure that your accident compensation claim places as little burden on your everyday life as possible.
We are here to take the stress out of your accident claim, allowing you to dedicate that time and energy to your recovery.
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