Wrongful Death and Fatal Injuries

Wrongful Death and Fatal Injury Claims

The loss of a family member will have a devastating emotional impact on a family whatever the circumstances. With a fatal accident, we appreciate that the suddenness of the loss can be particularly traumatic. At such a difficult time, the grieving family may also have the added pressure of dealing with the financial impact of losing their loved one, as well as wanting answers as to what has happened and why. 

While no amount of money can ever make up for the death of a loved on, if their death was someone else’s fault, you may be able to make a claim for compensation that can provide help towards the financial impact of their death whilst gaining some understanding of what happened.

Fatal injuries

A tragedy can occur on the road, home or at work. It is vital that you move quickly to understand why the accident happened and the reasons for it. As soon as you instruct us, we can start investigations to make sure whoever or whatever was responsible is found.

In Scotland the court has a wide discretion in making awards for the loss of a loved one.  We know that no award of compensation could ever replace them but our experience in this field means we work to achieve the maximum amount of compensation for you.

Fatal accidents on the road

Every day people are injured on the roads in Scotland and some accidents can be fatal. On being instructed, we will commence investigations including making contact with the police in order to find out how and why the accident happened. Where necessary, we need to instruct experts who can reconstruct the scene to support your claim.

We will seek an award for the loss of your family member known as a loss of society, in addition to any financial contribution or support they made towards you.

Fatal accidents in the workplace

Workplace injuries are a common occurrence and some of these accidents are sadly fatal. On being instructed, we can help make contact with the Health and Safety Executive, expert engineers and your loved one’s workplace to make sure responsibility for the accident is quickly established.

We will seek an award for the loss of your family member known as a loss of society, as well as any financial contribution or support they made towards you.

How can Thorntons help?

At such a hard time, we appreciate that getting answers for what happened can be just as important as securing your family’s financial future. Our experienced team of Personal Injury Solicitors can help unpick the events surrounding the death and help you gain an understanding of what went wrong and who was to blame.

The death of a family member can also mean a substantial financial burden. We can work with you to help recover the income they provided, to recover funeral expenses and to secure some recompense for the pain and suffering caused by the loss. 

We have extensive experience of handling fatal accident claims all over Scotland, from road traffic accidents to accidents at work or at home. Our experience in this field means that from the moment you instruct us we can engage with the right people to fight your corner. We will look to engage with the other party as soon as possible to make sure there is a constructive dialogue and aim where possible to agree interim payments to ease the financial burden of your loss.  

The nature of the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident demands a tailored approach and at Thorntons we adapt our approach to the situation and what you want to get from any claim.

When you feel ready to talk about what has happened, you can speak to us in confidence about a fatal injury compensation claim. Call us free on 0800 731 8434 or complete our enquiry form. We will talk through your situation, answer any questions you may have and advise you if you can make a personal injury compensation claim. Our discussion will be confidential and you are under no obligation to make a claim. You can also take a look at our Claims Calculator to find out how much fatal accident compensation you may be entitled to.

We offer a straightforward no win, no fee arrangement in most cases to minimise the financial risk to you. 

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