The standard time limit for filing a wrongful death claim in Scotland is three years from the date of the fatal incident. While this may seem like a long time, it is always better to seek an attorney's advice sooner rather than later. If you delay legal action, you could potentially lose the right to seek compensation.
Do Not Wait to File a Wrongful Death Claim
Family members who are overwhelmed by grief, funeral arrangements, and the paperwork of a loved one's death may put off the decision to file a legal claim. However, engaging an attorney can make the process much easier, allowing your legal representative to pursue your case while you take time to grieve.
Benefits of filing a claim well before the three-year limit include:
- Availability of evidence. Everything from pictures and video of the accident scene to important documents that prove negligence can disappear in the months following a wrongful death. Opening a case allows your attorney to preserve this evidence for official legal matters, making it available to you if your case goes to trial.
- A clear recollection of the event. Your attorney will need as many details as possible to pursue your case, so it is vital to discuss your legal claim while the memory of the incident remains fresh in your mind.
- Representation at the Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI). If your loved one died in suspicious circumstances that could harm someone else in the future, a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) may take place. Our lead lawyer Ronnie Conway specialises in representing family members in FAIs, getting them the answers they deserve after a tragedy.
- It won't cost you anything. A sudden death can place a significant financial burden on survivors. Our "no-win, no-fee" pledge ensures that you will not have to pay court fees or lawyer fees until we secure compensation.
If your loved one's death could have been prevented, our Glasgow wrongful death attorneys can advise you on the next steps in your case. Call us today by calling 0800 009 6953 or fill out our enquiry form to set up your no-obligation chat with a member of our legal team.