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Fishing accident claims

No one should be exposed to unreasonable or unnecessary risk of injury whilst doing their job but people in the fishing industry continue to be at risk of an accident at work.

Fishing vessels are not like other workplaces

At Digby Brown, our expert personal injury solicitors know that fishing vessels are not like other workplaces.

Our solicitors understand the environment on fishing vessels and the dangerous nature of the job.

They know the Industry Regulations which apply on board and the law covering those working on board vessels as share fishermen.

Helping a man injured on commercial vessel

A recent case saw Digby Brown’s specialist solicitors help a man injured while working on a commercial vessel. He fell into a recess which had been left open and exposed on deck.

He suffered serious injuries to his ankle, causing ongoing pain and discomfort and affecting his ability to work. This meant a significant loss of earnings.

Our solicitors fully investigated this complicated case and successfully secured compensation for our client. Legislation sets out that there should be safe access around the vessel to allow those on board to do their job.

Helping a man injured whilst maintaining a piece of machinery on fishing vessel

In another case, our personal injury solicitors represented a man injured while maintaining a piece of machinery on a fishing vessel.

Our client had not been given proper training on how to carry out this task and was struck by a metal rod, causing him facial injuries.

We investigated this case and pursued a claim under the Merchant Shipping Regulations, securing compensation for our client.

No win no fee personal injury solicitors

The expression “No Win – No Fee” is often used in personal injury cases.  It is used as a way of funding a compensation claim where the accident victim does not have the means to pay for the costs involved as the case progresses. 

A number of solicitors are prepared to handle personal injury cases on a “No Win – No Fee” basis but very few are able to offer their clients complete protection if the case is unsuccessful. 

In that event, the client could end up being liable for many thousands of pounds in legal expenses or the case won't be fully investigated and therefore likely to under-settle.

Compensate 'no win no fee' funding

Digby Brown has its own funding company, Compensate, which provides the funding to allow the case to be fully investigated, employ the best experts surrounding the circumstances of the accident and/or injuries sustained and where and if necessary go to court.

If for whatever reason the case is unsuccessful, Compensate pays all your legal expenses and those of your opponent – you pay nothing

On average our clients receive over 3 times the pre-litigation offer

Because of Compensate funding Digby Brown's success rate is extremely high and on average our clients receive three times the pre-litigation offer.

In the event the case is successful, a small percentage of your damages will be deducted with VAT to pay for this service. The percentage which Compensate will charge depends on the degree of risk involved. We believe that this is the fairest method of giving clients access to justice whilst ensuring their cases are fully investigated, prepared and funded.

Don’t take our word for it, just read many of the court decisions and case studies on our website, or watch Joanne's story.

Beware of compensation offers which may be too good

We know you will have seen many adverts offering 100% compensation or telling you that you will not lose any of your compensation, however we believe there are a number of problems with companies that do this.

  • How do they make their money if they don’t charge you anything?
  • If they aren’t taking any money from you, the client, what incentive do they have to ensure you receive the right level of compensation, appropriate to the injuries you have sustained?
  • Fully preparing a case, finding out exactly what happened and what the consequences of your injuries may mean in the long term, is expensive, how do they do this properly?
  • If they aren’t fully preparing these cases will they just accept the first offer they are given on your behalf by the Insurance company?
  • It makes simple business sense, the less work they do the higher their profit margin is - they simply have no incentive to work harder on your behalf.
  • These adverts in the main are from English firms on national television which operates in a different way and therefore wouldn’t apply to a Scottish person.

We know from the many client cases we mandate from other firms of solicitors (in the main at the request of the client who is extremely unsatisfied with the service received for the other firm) that many shortcuts are taken in preparation and that the first offer received is being recommended for acceptance, regardless of the value. 

Getting something for nothing is usually the first sign of poor service.

Correct level of compensation with Digby Brown

Our experience and statistics show time and time again we will achieve the correct level of compensation which will be substantially more than the insurer is initially prepared to offer.

Even after we have deducted our percentage as a success fee you will gain considerably more than you would have achieved using a 100% compensation model.

Contact Digby Brown's personal injury solicitors

We have offices across Scotland in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Kirkcaldy, Inverness, Aberdeen and Ayr.

For further information about no win no fee, or anything else, call us on 0333 200 5925 or fill in our enquiry form below and someone will get back in touch with you.

Fishing accident claims

At Digby Brown, we believe that everyone has the right to work without being exposed to risk which could be prevented. Employers have a legal obligation to protect their workers wherever they can, and where they fail to do so, they should be held accountable.

Compensation can help injured fishermen move on from the accident and where possible, return to a position they were in before the accident happened.

At Digby Brown, our clients can access justice without any financial risk through our no win no fee funding package.

Contact Digby Brown for advice about a fishing accident claim

To speak to a legal advisor today for advice about a potential fishing accident claim, please call us or fill in our online enquiry form and a legal advisor will contact you.

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