Thompsons is already fighting for justice for clients who believe they or their family members have suffered as a result of failings during the coronavirus health pandemic. Find out more on our Case Types page.
Our solicitors are at the forefront of legal action during these uncertain times and believe wholeheartedly that many of the tragic circumstances which led to deaths from COVID-19 need to be investigated and that questions need to be answered by the people who made decisions about our health and welfare during the pandemic.
Talk to Thompsons if you have been affected.
Thompsons in the Press
The Daily Record – 9th May 2021
The daughter of a 65-year-old woman who passed away in a Midlothian care home from COVID-19 just three weeks after being moved there against the family’s wishes, feels like her mother “never had a chance” and cannot understand the rationale as to why her mother was moved to Drummond Grange in April 2020 as the pandemic took hold. The bill for Margaret Laidlaw’s time in the home came as a shock to her daughter who also received a text from Barchester Care, the owners of the home, on the day of her mother’s funeral as a follow up about their communication skills.
Charlene Roy is now calling for a full Public Inquiry into the handling of the pandemic in Scotland.
Bruce Shields, partner at Thompsons told the Daily Record, “We have uncovered evidence to support our case that the negligence of care home operators has led to unnecessary suffering and premature death.” He added that much has been said about the liability of NHS health boards and the care decisions made during the pandemic, and it is right that those in charge provide answers. However, the NHS is not responsible for the actions of the privately-owned care homes and the firms in charge must also answer for any negligence which took place on their premises.
The Herald – 3rd May 2021
The Scottish Daily Post – 3rd May 2021
Bruce Shields, Partner and Solicitor Advocate at Thompsons, has told the press that “COVID is no different from any other virus that exists in the workplace” and, as such, is a major ground for recompense whether the illness was acquired in the workplace, in a care home, or in hospital.
Thompsons is already advising and representing a number of claimants affected by COVID-19 and Bruce believes the current caseload is likely to have only “skimmed the surface”.
Anyone affected by the coronavirus pandemic is being encouraged to talk to Thompsons at their earliest opportunity.
The Daily Record – 25 April 2021
As news reports suggest compensation in respect of COVID failings is likely to amount to at least £1 billion, Patrick McGuire tells the Daily Record that he believes the current claims are only the “tip of the iceberg”.
He says Thompsons does not accept that the coronavirus pandemic was an unavoidable hazard and organisations with responsibilities to protect individuals cannot be “absolved of all responsibility”.
Thompsons has already heard from more than 100 families in relation to care home deaths and Patrick believes that alongside care homes, employers and the Scottish Government will face COVID-19 claims. He also believes the only way to seek full answers to questions about how the pandemic was handled in Scotland is to have a full, judge-led public inquiry.
The Sunday Post – 11 April 2021
When soon-to-step-down Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman told BBC journalist Nick Robinson that discharging NHS patients with COVID-19 into care homes was a mistake, the grieving families of people who died expressed their anger and called for the agencies that failed to be held to account.
Thompsons solicitor Bruce Shields, who is representing the families who spoke out, told the Post that “this tragedy was preventable” and while he and his colleagues press ahead with claims for those who lost loved-ones in care home situations, Thompsons is also determined to see COVID-19 classified as an industrial injury so frontline workers receive greater protection.
Thompsons clients speak out on the radio
Thompsons client Rodney Laing appeared on BBC Radio Scotland to talk about the failings he feels occurred when his father was discharged from hospital into a care home only to contract COVID-19 and, tragically, die.
Our client Charlene Roy's mother died after testing positive for COVID-19. Charlene believes a move from a temporary care home to another home, during lockdown, where COVID-19 was already present is the reason for her death. Here she speaks to John Beattie on BBC Radio Scotland.
Thompsons in the Press
The Daily Record – 31 August 2020
The family of 80-year-old Rodger Laing believe that the decision made by health chiefs during lockdown to move their father from hospital into a care home, where he died two days after testing positive for COVID-19, put him at unnecessary risk and breached their power of attorney rights.
The family are now being represented by Thompsons in Scotland.
Patrick McGuire comments that because the Scottish Government took control from health authorities during the pandemic, the First Minister, the Health Secretary and their advisers will need to provide answers to questions which are now emerging about the decisions made during that time.
The Times – 01 November 2020
When the Chief Nursing Officer advised NHS Ayrshire and Arran to stop serial COVID-19 testing of in-patients over the age of 70 on 09 October, a nurse felt compelled to raise her concerns.
Tests were re-instated four weeks later on 02 November.
Coronavirus civil claims for justice
If you would like to Talk to Thompsons about the possibility of making a COVID-19 compensation claim, contact our team today.
Use the Claim Now button below to complete our online claim form, or call us on 0800 0891 331 today to speak to a member of our team.