At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

As always, for any concerns, advice and updates on your case; Talk to Thompsons.

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Disease Claims

I was alarmed to read the results of a recent study undertaken by the University of Edinburgh. They found that tiny particles used in a range of every day products, including shampoo and computers, effects the lungs in harmful ways. The researchers found that the manufacturers of such products use nanoparticles in the making of these products which workers come into contact with and pose a risk to their health.

Asbestos related diseases and conditions cause thousands of people to suffer injuries and symptoms every year. A lot of people who pursue compensation claims for asbestos related diseases and conditions were exposed to asbestos fibres in the workplace. Today the effects of exposure to dangerous asbestos fibres are well known. I was shocked and angry when John Lewis and Morris and Spotiswood exposed around 15 workers to asbestos fibres in July 2008 when the John Lewis store in Edinburgh was being refurbished.

I was sad to see that despite the government advising us that hospital acquired infections are decreasing, a ward at a Glasgow hospital closed earlier this week, as a result of an outbreak of C-Difficile.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde confirmed that higher than expected cases of the potentially fatal bacteria were discovered at Gartnavel General Hospital in Glasgow.

I turned even redder today when I heard the news today that John Lewis plead guilty to breaching the asbestos regulations only one year ago.

Despite numerous campaigns to highlight the dangers of asbestos in the workplace, John Lewis allowed staff to continue to work refurbishing its store in Edinburgh when the alarm was raised that asbestos was likely to be present.

I never cease to be amazed by the lengths to which insurance companies will go to avoid paying compensation, particularly to victims of asbestos exposure, many of whom are terminally ill with deadly cancers like mesothelioma.

Some people have jobs where the risk of having an accident or contracting an industrial disease are minimal, however there are other jobs that are more susceptible to accidents and industrial disease and employers and employees should be made aware of the risks.

Former shipyard workers from Inverclyde who were recklessly and knowingly exposed to asbestos will be among the beneficiaries of a recent highly significant judgment in the Court of Session.

Lord Emslie rejected a bid by major insurance companies to block the Bill passed by the Scottish Parliament last year to enshrine in law the right to compensation of pleural plaques sufferers.

It’s good to see that the Department of Work and Pensions has decided to help victims of asbestos exposure trace the insurers of their former employers, the vast majority of whom have long since ceased to exist.

These diseases, a miserable and often deadly legacy of Inverclyde’s thriving industrial past, have a long latent period which means it commonly takes decades before the full effects are known and take affect.
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