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.

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Personal injury

MSP Stuart McMillan has introduced to Holyrood a Member's Bill which, if passed, will allow medical services such as the NHS to reclaim the cost of treatment of patients with asbestos-related diseases.

With cuts to NHS funding and staff shortages regularly reported across UK media channels, it is expected that the proposed legislation will garner considerable support from many organisations.

A recent study conducted by the Scottish Liberal Democrats has reported that NHS staff in Scotland have suffered more than 35,000 injuries while in the workplace.

This is the number of reported injuries which occurred between 2011 and 2013.

An employee was severely injured when he fell down a lift shaft and was crushed by the large cage he had been moving.

The workplace accident - which took place on the 20 June 2013 in Jedburgh, Scotland - occurred as a result of lift gates opening ahead of the lift platform reaching his level.

Scotland's teachers have received over £180,000 in personal injury compensation over the past year as personal injury solicitors have secured settlements on a number of matters.

The Daily Record reports that one teacher was awarded £3,000 in compensation after a musical instrument was thrown into their face. Another teacher received a settlement of £50,000 following a severe fall in the playground which resulted in a head injury.

Thompsons Solicitors recently obtained £2000 in compensation for a child who was on holiday in Ayrshire.  The 8 year old was visiting the Heads of Ayr Farm Park in August 2008 when the enjoyment of his holiday was cut short when he was injured whilst playing in the children’s play area. 

On the day of his accident Mr Burns required to climb down from the locomotive onto the track side because the vehicle he was attempting to remove would not start. There were no steps and no handrails and Mr Burn fell and fractured the bone in the top of his leg (the femur).

  

A machinist severed the tip of his finger while working for Standfast Precision Engineering at the company's workshop in Craigellachie, Aberlour, Scotland, the Health and Safety Executive reports (HSE).

The workplace accident took place on 3 May 2013 and was deemed "entirely preventable" by HSE Inspector Penny Falconer following an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident at work.

When it comes to workplace accidents, some working environments are more dangerous than others.

It stands to reason that the risk of personal injury when working in industries such as construction or agriculture is greater than if you are sat at a desk from 9 until 5 every day.

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