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

A former NHS Chief has spoken out this week about the dangers of 3G football pitches.   Nigel Maguire's son Lewis died this month 4 years after receiving a diagnosis of the blood cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma and his father is concerned this may be related to his regular games of football on 3G pitches.  As a result, he has urged the government to ban the construction of further pitches until they can be declared completely safe.

Sir Andrew Barron Murray, OBE is Scotland’s greatest ever tennis player.  In 2013, Dunblane’s very own became the first Scottish tennis player since Harold Mahony in 1896 to win Wimbledon and has gone on to win it twice.  In fact, Andy Murray is probably Scotland’s greatest ever athlete, becoming World No 1 in men’s singles on 7 November 2016.  

Asbestos Danger

The first cases of asbestos related disease were noted going back to 1900.  The term “asbestosis” has been in use since 1927.  In 1930 a Government commissioned demonstrated the link between asbestosis and exposure to asbestos dust.  The dangers were such that legislation was introduced to control exposure to asbestos in the form of The Asbestos Industry Regulations 1931.

Asbestos: we may be several decades on from the legal importation and use of the substance, but, each year, more than 5,000 people in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Island still die from mesothelioma and other asbestos illnesses; this amounts to around 20 former shipbuilders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians and construction workers each week.

Bronchiectasis, a lung disease characterised by a build-up of mucus in the lungs, is on the rise in Scotland and across the UK, according to experts.

Trigger factors for the illness are thought to include exposure to lung infections in childhood, pneumonia, whooping cough and exposure to harmful substances in the workplace.

It is clear that more needs to be done to screen high risk groups in Scotland for asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.

This fact should be underlined by the predictions of Clydeside Action on Asbestos, which says that deaths from asbestos-related diseases in Scotland will peak this year.

The issue of asbestos in Scotland's hospitals and GP surgeries is one that needs addressing, say critics. With reports suggesting that underfunded NHS trusts at risk of being unable to manage the maintenance of asbestos-containing premises.

Even health secretary Jeremy Hunt has conceded that the British government needs to do more over the coming years, stating that there is, in particular, "a problem" with doctor's surgeries across the UK.

Scottish Parliament needs to give more attention to the issue of asbestos compensation for people suffering from pleural plaques, say researchers from an occupational health team at the University of Stirling.

This comes despite the fact that Scotland is actually far ahead of the rest of the UK when it comes to ensuring asbestos compensation for sufferers of pleural plaques. However, the report from the University of Stirling researchers reveals that the needs of claimants are being inadequately met by the current claims system, with many having to second-guess their chances of developing a more serious asbestos-related condition such as lung cancer or mesothelioma when deciding whether to make a claim.

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