For some detailed examples of the kinds of cases we take on, browse through a sample selection of our clients' stories
CTS and Tennis Elbow Case Study
Our client made a compensation claim for tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) after receiving diagnosis of the conditions from his GP. Between 2014 and 2017, he had worked for Amey Services Limited, where he was repeatedly exposed to significant amounts of vibration.
NHS Worker's Whiplash Claim
On 24 October 2018 our client, Mr Raeside, a sixty-year-old maintenance technician for NHS Lanarkshire, was behind the wheel of his work vehicle, a Volkswagen Transporter, when it was rear-shunted by a Nissan Duke SUV.
Butcher's claim for hand injury
Our client in this case worked as a butcher. The nature of this job led to him develop a strain injury in his left hand and wrist.
Our client has worked as a butcher for many different employers throughout his career, however the employer for whom he worked the longest and claimed against was Scotbeef Limited.
A large part of our client's work at Scotbeef involved him cutting meat cuts into smaller sizes. This required a tough grip as he had to hold the meat in one hand and cut it with the other. He would usually do this for his whole shift, chopping up hundreds of pieces of meat per day.
It's worth noting that our client did not consider the work in his prior jobs to have been as repetitive as the work carried out at Scotbeef. He was not given training on the correct way to cut beef, nor did his employer provide him with health checks. There was no evidence that the employer had carried out risk assessments to see what possible hazards the workers faced.
Eventually, our client noticed pain in his left hand.
Café assistant's slip accident
When she suffered a slip injury at work, our client was employed by WM Morrison Supermarkets as a café assistant.
On 17 March 2016, she had just completed the first half of her shift and so went on a break. She proceeded to walk through the supermarket but realised she couldn't go her normal way as there were customers blocking her route. So, instead, she chose a route that required her to walk past the stalls in the produce section. As she walked between two stalls, our client suddenly felt something underfoot that caused her to lose her footing. She fell and hit her head on the floor.
Nurse's trip accident in unsafe workplace
Our client, who was employed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as a staff nurse at Stobhill Hospital, was involved in a workplace accident on 16 December 2016.
She was attending her ward's office Christmas party when, at approximately 4:30pm, she received an emergency page to alert her to a fire alarm in Skye House (our client was located in McKinnon House). She proceeded to make her way to Skye House via a path running alongside a car park. This path was poorly lit. It was so dark that our client could not see the upcoming kerb, and so she fell down as she reached it. She landed on her left knee and both hands.
Home link worker injury while visiting college
On 19 January 2017, our client, a home link worker employed by South Ayrshire Council, sustained a personal injury while visiting a college that was undergoing construction work. As a home link worker, our client is required to carry out one-to-one sessions and home visits with pupils of all ages. On this day she was visiting Marr College in Troon.
Because of the large amount of construction work that was being carried out on building, the only way to enter and exit the college was through a temporary access tunnel. The tunnel and the two doors leading from it to the construction site are made of plywood. As she was making her way through the tunnel to exit the school, she noticed that both doors were wide open, blocking her pathway.
After letting a construction worker pass, she made her way around the first door. Before she could make her way around the second door, she noticed it began to fall towards her. The accident happened very quickly, and our client didn't have time to move out of the way. Instead, she instinctively put her right hand up to protect her head and twisted her body to the left. The door collided with her right arm and shoulder and then fell on to her back. The construction worker had to pull the door off her and help her to her feet.
Worker's slip in warehouse
Our client in this case, Mr John Colquhoun, was employed as a warehouse operative for the Co-op. On the 15 July 2016, he was involved in a workplace accident that led him to seek compensation for his injuries.
On a daily basis, our client carried out 'health check' reports, which involved removing products put in the wrong location. This means he walks throughout the warehouse checking various cages. Also operating in this area are 'pickers', whose job it is to pick items from pallets and move them onto a cage (which would then be taken to a store).
These pallets come in 'banding', which is like cling film. On the day of the accident, Mr Colquhoun had to navigate his way around several pallets, one of which was being moved by a picker. This pallet still had its banding trailing behind it, which our client did not see. As he passed by, his foot got caught in the banding and he fell onto the concrete floor, hitting his face and injuring his left hip and thigh.
Co-op worker assaulted when returning to work
Our client, Mrs Ann Green, worked as a team leader at the Co-Operative when she sustained an injury in her workplace.
Mrs Green’s job required her to supervise the customer service area and to ensure the smooth running of the department.
Client's trip due to poorly installed banister
On 14 October 2015, our client had an accident in his home that led him to seek compensation with Thompsons Solicitors.
Our client in this case had previously suffered a stroke in 2008 and two mini strokes in 2009 and 2010. These strokes had left him with a weakened left side (hemiparesis). He'd also developed vascular dementia. Because of his condition, he required help around the house from a social worker provided to him by Glasgow City Council.