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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Another Car Accident, Again?!

Life is full of tragic events, whether we want them to take place or not, which result in unintended consequences. I know it’s a bitch isn’t it, get over it. Take for example ‘Car Accidents’. We have all experienced a car accident to some effect or even seen one or even come across one in the newspaper, if not then put down that Xbox pad and get a life!

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Have you been injured at work? This is the question we are asked so many times today. We cannot go through a single television show these days without seeing one advert or another questioning whether you have been injured at work.

Thom is lucky. He is made of plasticine and will be resistant to any form of psychiatric illness. However, not all of us are able to endure mental harm. As Waller J said there is an infinite variety of creatures, all with varying susceptibilities (1).  For those of us who are more susceptible to mental illness and suffered from such during the course of employment, may be able to make a claim.

The “wonderful phrase” “No win, No fee”. It sounds great to all those who have been injured due to the negligence of someone else. This “wonderful phrase” gives those, who are not eligible for Legal Aid and don’t have the money to be able to foot the costs for getting legal representation, hope that they can recover damages. However is this “wonderful phrase” misleading? In a sense, it does mean that you will not need to pay your legal fees for your solicitor’s services. However at some firms this does not cover the outlay fees, such as: the court cost or the cost of bring in an expert whiteness. These things are not cheap at all and could possibly become more expensive than that of the legal cost for the solicitor. The longer a case goes on the more expensive it becomes.

According to the Trades Union Congress more people die every year at work than in war. In Great Britain last year 1.3 million working people we suffering from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by their current or previous employment, 555,000 of these were new cases.

Can it be acceptable in 21st century Britain, 37 years after the Health and Safety at Work Act was passed, that health and safety is still not taken seriously by some employers? Most workers who are injured at work do not die of mystery illnesses or freak accidents. Workers are injured every day in their work places because it is too easy for employers to put health and safety to the back of their minds and decide that is not a priority, merely the state imposing ever increasing regulation on business. The 2009 Helicopter Disaster, costing 16 men’s lives, is just one example of why that analysis is wrong and why health and safety should always be a priority for employers.

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As a law student working part-time in a major DIY shop, I see firsthand on almost every shift how easy it is to suffer an accident at work. Such accidents can come from practices such as bad forklift operation, climbing the shelving and racking, slips and trips and inappropriate lifting. The difficulty with accidents at work in this environment is proving that you were not at fault, as health and safety procedures and expected store conduct is always being drilled into you informally, and every six months on a formal basis.

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