If you are hurt or injured in an accident in Scotland that wasn’t your fault you may be entitled to claim compensation from the insurers of those responsible. The question is: who do you go to for legal advice?
The clue is in the question. Only qualified Scottish solicitors can give legal advice. So if you want to ensure that your claim is properly reviewed and its true worth correctly evaluated you really ought to entrust the management of your case to a specialist personal injury lawyer – and nobody else.
There is a bewildering array of adverts on television and in the press which are aimed at accident victims in Scotland. These ads sometimes offer cash inducements and almost always promise a simple and speedy resolution of compensation claims. The impression they give is that injured people only need to claim compensation for damages to be awarded and a cheque to arrive in the post the next day.
Unfortunately, in most cases, nothing could be further from the truth. Insurance companies are not registered charities and they do not settle claims merely because an injured person is seeking compensation. They fight tooth and nail to reduce the value of a claim or even repudiate it all together. When faced with denial, non-cooperation and intransigence from the insurers and their expensive legal teams, innocent accident victims cannot afford to entrust their financial future to a claims company which is primarily motivated by the need to quickly sell their claim to a qualified solicitor in exchange for a referral fee.
Injured people with financial responsibilities need professional legal help from experienced personal injury solicitors in order to achieve justice. The real irony here is that the claims companies know this to be true and this is why they came into being in the 1990s and mushroomed in the decade following. The myth they perpetuate is that acci