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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Sources of Hepatitis C

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Hepatitis C can be transmitted in a number of ways.

Health workers, for example, are at risk of contracting the disease if they suffer a sharps injury – accidentally pricking themselves with a contaminated needle. In the past the virus has also been transmitted through transfusions of contaminated blood or blood products. The risks are particularly high with:

  • blood transfusions that took place prior to October 1991 - before screening was introduced.
  • Factor 8, which is a product used for coagulation of blood for haemophiliacs. The virus is eradicated from blood products by heat treatment, but heat treatment of blood was only implemented in Scotland in about 1987 and in England in about 1984/85.

Other risk factors include:

  • Haemodialysis – a treatment for those with kidney failure
  • Hairdressers and barbers – if they make use of scissors, razors etc. that are not properly cleaned in between clients
  • Sharing razors and toothbrushes at home
  • Medical and dental procedures in countries where the use of sterilised equipment is not enforced
  • Piercing and tattoos – where sterilised equipment is not used

The risk from most of these factors is very low, but if you are at all concerned that you may have the virus you should contact your doctor immediately in order to receive a diagnosis.

Campaigning

For more than a decade Thompsons campaigned alongside the Scottish Haemophilia Group’s Forum in order to secure public inquiry into the scandal of the thousands of Scots infected with Hepatitis C as result of contaminated NHS blood.

In 2008 we won a landmark court ruling, which held that the Lord Advocate was wrong to refuse an Inquiry into the deaths of two of our clients as a result of contracting Hep C. The ruling also held that the State had to hold an Inquiry.

You can read about the Skipton Inquiry, here.

Help from Thompsons today

If you or a loved one has developed Hepatitis C due to the negligence of another person, you may have a claim for compensation. Call our specialist No Win No Fee Lawyers for FREE legal advice on 0800 0891331.

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