Over the past 90 plus years, Thompsons Solicitors has established itself as a leading personal injury law firm. We help clients across the UK to secure compensation by winning workplace injury claims, medical negligence claims, road accident claims, industrial disease claims, asbestos disease claims and serious injury claims on their behalf. 

During the tens of thousands of personal injury compensation claims we successfully run each year, we’re often asked by clients what provisional damages are, how it applies to their case and what it means for them over the long term. Here we explore some frequently asked questions about provisional damages. 


1. What is provisional compensation?

Provisional compensation, otherwise known as provisional damages, is awarded to claimants in cases where the defendant has accepted they are to blame for the accident or disease, and the claimant has not yet made a full recovery from their injuries, and are unlikely to recover from their injuries in the foreseeable future. 

2. Will I receive provisional compensation for my personal injury claim?

Typically the sort of cases where provisional compensation is awarded are where the injuries or illnesses have the potential to get progressively worse. This is particularly common in asbestos compensation claims where people have developed illnesses such as asbestosis and pleural thickening as a result of asbestos exposure. Asbestosis and pleural thickening can get progressively worse and, in some instances, develop into the often-fatal asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma. If this happens, then clients are able to re-open the case and make a further claim for mesothelioma compensation. 

3. What are the benefits of provisional compensation?

Provisional compensation gives people peace of mind that should their condition worsen, they will be able to go on to secure additional compensation. 

Here’s one example of a client we’ve supported in securing a provisional claim for pleural thickening

4. I still have questions about elements of making a personal injury compensation claim – what do I do?

Don’t worry. Thompsons Solicitors’ personal injury lawyers have decades of experience helping people in a range of claims to secure maximum compensation, and can provide you with advice on what type of compensation you can pursue. Give our friendly legal enquiry team a call on 0800 0 224 224 for more advice on starting a compensation claim following a personal injury. 

5. Why choose Thompsons Solicitors?

Thompsons Solicitors is a leading UK personal injury law firm with a strong and successful 90 plus year history representing victims of personal injury and running many of the test cases that made the law we have today. Every year we secure millions of pounds in personal injury compensation for thousands of injured people who trust our legal experts with their road crash claims, industrial and asbestos disease claims, serious injury claims, medical negligence claims and accidents at work claims. We think it’s important that we only act for one side in a personal injury claims – we are proud to only act for the injured and never for insurers or employers.  You can learn more about some of the people we’ve helped over the years by reading their stories on the Our Clients section.

To discuss payment options in more detail or to begin your personal injury compensation claim, contact our friendly experts on 0800 0 224 224 today.