New Law to Help Injury Victims & Families

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:—

  • A deceased person’s claim for the pain and suffering they endured before death may transmit to their executor.
  • There will be an assumption that 75% of a …