New Law to Help Injury Victims & Families

7th March 2011

The Scottish Parliament has passed a new Damages Bill, which will reform the law of negligence with the aim of improving rights to compensation on the part of victims and their families in claims in respect of injury or death, including those caused by workplace accidents and industrial diseases.

The new law follows recommendations by the Scottish Law Commission, and was introduced by Bill Butler MSP. Changes to the existing law include:—

On average, 30 people die in Scotland in workplace accidents every year. In 2008, 272 people died in road traffic accidents.

Fatal accident cases are traditionally hard and long, because their value makes them worth fighting on the part of insurance companies. The new law should make the process simpler and faster.