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I was pleased to learn that my friends at Thompsons successfully negotiated a £17,000 settlement for an Aberdeen man who was involved in a hit and run incident. The man was socialising with friends in Aberdeen city centre when he was struck by a driver while crossing a road. The driver then fled the scene jumping a red light in the process. Thankfully, However, the driver was caught because the man’s friends took down the registration number.

I was really saddened to hear that a lollipop lady Audrey Williams, 79 from Ayr died after being involved in a road traffic accident involving a single decker bus while she was on duty.

The lollipop lady known otherwise as the Forehill Primary Schools crossing patrol officer was struck by a bus on Thursday 13 January 2011. She was treated for a serious head injury and taken to hospital, however, sadly, she passed away due to her serious injuries.

Although the snow was very good fun to play in and little Thom had some unexpected time off school; have you noticed that the snow has made a real mess of the roads?

Prior to the snow the potholes in the streets around the Thom household were bad enough but they seem to have grown and multiplied following the big thaw.  I heard on the news that they have been causing road traffic accidents on some motorways.  I wonder if the Council will pay out any compensation for accidents caused by potholes.

I was very shocked to read that the number of work related deaths in Edinburgh and the Lothians has risen in the past year.  This has led to warnings to employers to take health and safety seriously.

I have been pleasantly surprised with the weather recently and I thought that the bad weather had left us alone.  We are just starting to get back to normal so I am a bit worried to see that freezing conditions are continuing to cause problems for people in Dumfries and Galloway.

More than 40 car crashes have been reported in South West Scotland following freezing temperatures overnight.  During the morning school run, a bus crashed and hit a sign near Hightae Primary.

Asbestos related diseases are commonly associated with those who worked in the shipyards or who worked in industry in the last half of the 20th century.

Sadly however, I am seeing more and more cases on a daily basis of those seeking compensation for exposure to asbestos amongst people in professions.

The Health and Safety Executive have issued a safety warning regarding scissor lifts. There have been a number of workplace accidents involving the scissor lifts, which have resulted in employees sustaining injury. Tragically, five people in Europe have lost their lives in three separate accidents involving scissor lifts.

Happy new year everyone!  Everyone in the Thom household had an excellent holiday and Santa managed to deliver most of our presents.  Hopefully you all got your presents and Christmas cards on time but rather strangely we are still getting Christmas cards and presents delivered now.  Santa has been working overtime to make sure all the presents are delivered but I suppose better late than never!!  I guess things have been delayed because of the bad weather but I was rather surprised to see that Royal Mail have paid out £800,000 in compensation to more than 30,000 people in Scotland as a result of failing to deliver the post properly. 

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