Personal accident claims are just as common in Scotland as they are in other parts of the UK. However, it can sometimes be difficult to find representation for such cases as many personal injury law firms only operate in England and Wales. Accident Advice Helpline is different – we are also able to handle personal accident claims in Scotland.
Personal accident claims in Scotland can typically be divided into two groups. This first group is people who live in Scotland – residents’ cases. The second group is people who are injured when they are visiting Scotland – namely visitors’ cases. These two groups have much in common. They are all people that have been hurt in accidents that were not their own fault when they were in Scotland. However, there can be differences as well. Here are some examples…
Personal accident claims in Scotland – residents’ cases
This group of accidents is more likely to include people who are injured at work. Workers’ accidents can happen in all of Scotland’s industries and that includes retail, leisure and tourism. The heavy industries like ship building, ship breaking and coal mining are now much less common in Scotland than they used to be, in common with other parts of the UK. As a result, this group of cases is more likely to include accidents in offices, shops, restaurants and bars. Nevertheless, the injuries can be severe and the injured people are in great need of the help and support that personal accident claims in Scotland can give them. Many people are worried about how much money they are going to lose because they cannot work or cannot look after their children while they are injured.
Personal accident claims in Scotland – visitors’ cases
Visitors to Scotland are obviously more likely to be hurt when participating in leisure activities or when visiting shops, restaurants or visitor attractions. Health and safety in these premises is usually very meticulous but lapses can occur and people can get hurt. Some of the more adventurous activities that are on offer in Scotland include:
- Rock climbing
- Bungee jumping
- Kite surfing
- Mountain biking
If it can be shown that an accident during one of these activities was caused by faulty or defective equipment or by a lack of training or supervision then it may be possible for a visitor to make a claim for compensation. Visitors who slip, trip or fall or who are hurt in other ways when they are visiting public areas can also make claims. You do not have to wait until you get home to contact accident Advice Helpline as they operate a 24-hour hotline for your convenience – 0800 689 0500 – or 0333 500 0993 free from a mobile. Your case will be handled by an expert in compensation claims who is very familiar with personal accident claims in Scotland. You can access all this help on a no win, no fee* basis.
Date Published: 9th June 2013
Author: Sharon Parry