Have you suffered injury as a result of an accident in the Banff area?
Do you live in Banffshire, Scotland?
Getting your life back in order following a personal injury can be a stressful experience.
The pain and suffering caused by your injuries may just be the tip of the iceberg. Further complicating factors can include inability to work, loss of wages and money worries which follow on inevitably from that.
There’s also the knowledge that the right to claim compensation for personal injury does not last forever. Typically, you have 3 years from the date of an accident either to settle the claim by negotiation or raise a court action to keep the claim alive beyond the 3rd anniversary of the accident.
We strongly encourage all injured persons to get specialist, local legal advice as soon as possible after an accident. Whether you decide to claim or not, it’s important that you understand your rights in relation to possible personal injury compensation.
We can help with specialist legal advice if you live in or near Banff – or more widely in Banffshire.
We are specialist personal injury claims solicitors at Grigor & Young. We have offices in Elgin and Forres. Moray Claims is the trading name of Grigor & Young for personal injury claims services.
Our two specialist solicitors – Marie Morrison and Peter Brash – between them have over 40 years’ experience in dealing with personal injury claims. Though Moray Claims and Grigor & Young are Moray-based, Marie lives in Macduff and is from that area. She has a wealth of local knowledge she can call upon in dealing with claims from the Banffshire area.
A further accreditation that both Marie and Peter have is from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – they’re accredited as Senior Litigators. The Elgin office of Grigor & Young is a corporate accredited office through APIL.
How much does it cost to make a claim?
Generally, it costs nothing. If your claim is unsuccessful, there will be no charge or cost. If your claim is successful, on the other hand, you get to keep all your compensation and there are no deductions from it. In other words, there are no legal fees taken off and no other hidden costs. (If you are wondering how that is possible, you will find more details here).
The only type of situation where there can be complications as regards costs is where, on our advice, you raise court proceedings in the Court of Session in Edinburgh (the highest civil court in Scotland). In practice, it is unusual to have to raise a court action and, where court action is required, we would usually raise that locally in Banff Sheriff Court – or one of the neighbouring Sheriff Courts.
What have you to lose by making an enquiry about a possible personal injury claim?
Initial enquiries are without charge charge and there is no obligation to take things further. As mentioned above, in most cases, in any event, our complete personal injury claim service is entirely free of charge anyway.
As we have already indicated on this page, time limits apply to personal injury claims and so it is a good idea to get advice from a solicitor as soon as possible. This can be important because, for example, the evidence will still be readily available and the accident circumstances will be fresh in the memories of any witnesses. Our ability to recollect events fades over time. Crucial witnesses may move away and can be lost as a source of evidence.
It has almost become a cliche but it is true to say that it is never too early to contact your solicitor for advice.
Who have we have helped in the Banffshire area?
Below, you will find the facts of various cases we have dealt with over the last 5 years or so for clients who lived in Banffshire or who suffered accidents in that part of North East Scotland.
An apprentice welder/fabricator from Elgin who was working at engineering premises in Banff, cleaning a large cog. His hand became trapped and he lost the tip of one of his fingers in the accident. This claim succeeded on the basis of a lack of proper training.
A motorist from Portsoy who suffered multiple injuries in a collision between two vehicles at the junction of the B9139 and A98 roads, near Portsoy. A driver on the main road skidded and lost control, hitting our client’s car, which was waiting at the T-junction to turn on to the main road.
A labourer from Banff who suffered a leg injury which affected his future ability to work. He fell into an open and unmarked manhole while carrying out renovation and ground works at premises in the town. His employers were responsible for the failures which led to his accident.
A Banff woman who was seriously injured – as a rear seat passenger – in a single vehicle accident on the Banff to Aberchirder road. The driver had lost control of the car due to excessive speed.
How we can help you
Access to justice is what matters.
Our main aim is to make sure that every injured person gets proper access to specialist, local legal advice on their rights and prospects of claiming successfully for personal injury compensation. Given the location of our solicitors, we can provide that local helpline to you if you live in Banffshire and we would encourage you to get in touch with us if you have a personal injury claim in Banff or the surrounding area.