Fatal Accident Inquiries
Fatal Accident Inquiries (FAIs) must take place when someone dies at work, in custody and in certain other circumstances. The purpose is to work out the cause of death, and to see if any lessons can be learned for the future. Fatal Accident Inquiries can be very distressing processes for family members, or for those who are otherwise affected, such as professionals whose judgement has been called into question. The implications can be considerable for all concerned. A Fatal Accident Inquiry is a fact-finding exercise which is not designed to apportion blame or be punitive in any way. Fatal Accident Inquiries will usually be held in the Sheriff Court but may be held elsewhere if it is deemed more suitable to the case. A Sheriff can, where appropriate, make recommendations to the parties involved, such as precautions which can be taken in future, improvements that can be made or systems that should be put in place to prevent future fatalities. There is a legal duty for parties to carry out such recommendations. Where a Fatal Accident Inquiry has closed, but new substantial evidence arises, the Inquiry can reopen.
Legal Aid Fatal Accident Inquiries Hamilton, Lanark, Airdrie, Glasgow
Our Managing Partner, Bobby Reid, is a civil solicitor-advocate with extended rights of audience in the Court of Session and the UK Supreme Court. Bobby Reid has vast experience in representing parties who are involved in Fatal Accident Inquiries. If you have received notification that you, your family, or your business may have an interest in a Fatal Accident Inquiry, contact McGovern Reid to discuss representation at the Inquiry.
McGovern Reid offer a range of legal aid and private funding options. We offer practical and clear advice at all stages of proceedings as well as confident and fearless advocacy at court.
Fatal Accident Inquiries Lawyers Hamilton, Lanark, Airdrie, Glasgow
We represent clients in Bellshill, Wishaw, Carluke, Airdrie, Lanark, Glasgow, Motherwell, Hamilton, Shotts, Uddingston, Bothwell, East Kilbride and throughout Scotland. Our 24/7 emergency contact number 01698 395 550 is ALWAYS answered by one of our qualified team and you can attend for a free initial consultation at either our Hamilton or Wishaw office.