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

A warning was issued to all who may be considering defrauding the compensation system this week. A man was issued a three-year suspended sentence following a private prosecution brought by insurance giant Axa.

The company decided to take action against the man after it was discovered that a personal injury claim made in 2007 was fraudulent.

A train driver who became wedged between his train and the platform after slipping on black ice while descending from his cab has won £10,000 compensation.

Thomas Burns was driving a First Scotrail Aberdeen to Perth train in December 2009 at the time of his accident. When he arrived into Perth station he climbed out of his cab and slipped and fell due to that section of the platform having not been gritted.

Hannah BennettWhen someone has sustained brain injury as a result of an accident it is not uncommon for them to struggle with memory problems. This often results in them becoming heavily dependant on family, friends and loved ones.  Dealing with compensation claims for individuals who have suffered brain injuries, often highlights how difficult everyday tasks, which most people take for granted, can be for people with memory problems.

Hannah BennettAn exciting new research programme lead by Scottish researchers will try to determine whether cooling the bodies of patients who have suffered brain injuries could increase their recovery and decrease long term disability. 

Sarah Smith BlogA giant eagle owl has reportedly been terrorising the people of Inverness over the last week. Whilst one might usually think of owls as being wise, calm creatures who will helpfully deliver your mail for you when the Post Office is being a bit slow (no, wait … that’s just in Harry Potter), this owl has apparently attacked two pedestrians in recent days and has evaded all attempts at capture by the local raptor expert and his rather large net.

Hannah BennettAs an injury solicitor who deals with people affected by brain injuries and their families, any studies into the causes or symptoms of brain injuries are both interesting and welcomed.

Hannah BennettA report has recently highlighted that one in five young people with serious spinal injuries are discharged from hospital straight into a residential or nursing home for the elderly.

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