As one of Scotland's leading firms handling industrial disease claims, Thompsons is proud to support Action on Asbestos (formerly Clydeside Action on Asbestos) as they work to provide practical and emotional support to anyone who has been affected by asbestos-related illnesses, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis, as well as other industrial disease and work-related injury.
For more than 35 years, the charity has been working tirelessly to provide a network of co-operation and comprehensive services to benefit those who have suffered the terrible legacy of asbestos amidst Scotland's industrial heritage.
As well as providing services to individuals and their families, Action on Asbestos (AoA) funds a number of health-related services across Scotland, including research into cutting edge technologies for the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer and asbestos related diseases. AoA also funds specialist nursing positions and professional development support for nurses in Scotland who work with patients affected by asbestos.
Thompsons supporting Action on Asbestos
Over our many years of association with AoA, Thompsons has worked alongside the organisation to campaign for change.
Thompsons and AoA have been committed campaigners in several notable legal debates and changes to legislation; including the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill which restored the rights of Scottish pleural plaque victims to compensation. The contributions made by AoA and Thompsons' Frank Maguire were praised highly by Duncan McNeil, Labour MSP for Greenock at the time.
Action on Asbestos are also currently campaigning for the removal of asbestos from Scotland's schools and are backing the Liability for NHS Charges (Treatment of Industrial Disease) (Scotland) Bill which could see the NHS being able to claim back the costs associated with diagnosing and treating people with asbestos-related diseases from insurers once a party has been found liable in a civil claim.
Laura Blane, partner at Thompsons and long-time specialist in asbestos disease civil claims, has worked alongside AoA for many years. She says, "I am extremely proud of the achievements Thompsons and Action on Asbestos have made in respect of the compensation rights of patients with asbestos-related diseases and the many other changes to the law and process that together we have proposed and campaigned for.
"The work carried out by the charity, as they tirelessly provide support and resources for individuals suffering from industrial disease, and their families, is extraordinary. We wholeheartedly encourage and champion their service and campaigning."
Find out more on the Action on Asbestos (formerly Clydeside Action on Asbestos) website: https://www.clydesideactiononasbestos.org.uk/