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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Personal injury

When considering gender inequality and the law, very few immediately think of personal injury claims however many practitioners have notices differences in the amount of compensation being awarded to men and women who fall victim to an accident.

When buying a toy for a child, a parent expects the product to be safe. Unfortunately this is not always the case. Parents of a child from Wishaw have found that their daughter has 10 times the safe limit of arsenic in her body after playing with Magnetic Putty which they bought online for her as a Christmas present.

When getting ready for a holiday abroad, most people are aware of the need to take out travel insurance to cover in the event that something goes wrong. These insurance policies will cover for cancellation of holidays, lost luggage and medical bills, amongst other things.

During this time of the year, ice and snow can create particularly treacherous conditions for road users and pedestrians. Unfortunately this means that the risk of tripping and slipping is very high. But who is to blame if you injure yourself? Let’s get into the nitty gritty...

Last night, on prime-time television, the Tonight programme was ‘investigating’ the so-called compensation culture in the UK and the alleged rise in false claims. I must confess from the outset, I sat down to watch the show already a little bit riled and my annoyance did not subside until the closing credits.

If you were injured at work, you would rightly expect that your employer should be investigated to determine if the accident was their fault. However you may be surprised to learn that this is not the case for all employees, and in fact professional sports people are not covered by laws which state employers must report any injury in the workplace to the Health and Safety Executive or their local authority’s health and safety department.

 

This week, from 8th to 14th May 2017, it is Mental Health Awareness Week. It has been suggested by the Mental Health Foundation that two thirds of people experience mental health problems in their life, with more than 4 in 10 people experiencing depression and over a quarter of experiencing panic attacks.

We were shocked to hear that a factory worker in Elgin endured a horrendous ordeal when he was involved in a workplace accident.

A man’s arm was trapped in a factory machine for over an hour while emergency crews tried to free him.  It is understood he became trapped while carrying out routine cleaning on one of the machines in the factory.  When he was eventually freed, he was taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital by ambulance.  

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