Patrick McGuire from Thompsons has highlighted growing concerns after a dentist based in Paisley was struck off for lying about his HIV status. The case has led to thousands of people in the town having to undergo blood tests. Many who have undergone the blood test will be able to claim compensation for having been put through the ordeal.
Thompsons Client Lee-Anne Gerry talks about her case against a private crematorium after her daughters ashes were improperly disposed of.
Thompsons are at the forefront of campaigning to reform the Fatal Accident Inquiry System in Scotland. Over the years we have represented many families whose loved ones have lost their lives through accidents at their work or elsewhere. We are passionate about the need to put these victims at the heart of FAI system and continue to work with all political parties and the Scottish Government to achieve this.
The legal team representing hundreds of dental patients in Ayrshire has revealed that the dentist at the centre of a HIV scare re-used gloves with multiple patients and didn’t bother cleaning instruments from one patient to the next. Using a freedom of information request to NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Thompsons Solicitors have discovered that Millbank and Drongan dental Surgeries, both owned and operated by dentist Alan Morrison, routinely used dirty dental instruments.
Families in Aberdeen affected by the baby ashes scandal have reacted with horror after learning of very serious allegations regarding practices at the city’s Hazelhead crematorium.A statement from chief executive Angela Scott makes clear that the allegations involve the joint cremation of adult and babies. If these allegations are found to be true it would be an extremely disturbing development in the ongoing baby ashes scandal at Hazelhead.
John Morgan, a law graduate who has recently completed an internship at the Scottish Parliament has won the inaugural Frank Maguire Memorial Award. The award was set up in the memory of Frank, who was senior partner at Thompsons Solicitors and was one Scotland’s foremost lawyers campaigning for legal reform. He spent his entire career fighting for the victims of industrial diseases and for those killed or injured in the workplace.
Kerry Johnson whose mother Joy Robson was killed in last year’s Snowman Rally in Inverness has called on the Crown office to act now and set up Fatal Accident Inquiries into her mother’s accident and the recent deaths at the Jim Clark Rally in the Borders.Mrs Robson who was fifty and from Portree on the Isle of Skye was killed after being hit by a competing car as she watched the rally in February last year. An eight year old boy was also struck but survived. Joy’s daughter Kerry who was absolutely horrified by the recent deaths at the Jim Clark Rally has spoken out about the lack of safety measures at these events and the need for the Crown Office to properly investigate the fatalities through an FAI.
A jury has decided that the bus operator Bluebird Buses Ltd, which is a subsidiary of Stagecoach, must pay substantial damages to a former school pupil injured in a bus crash in October 2010.Cheryl Forbes was injured when the double-decker bus carrying her and over 30 fellow pupils from Mearns Academy overturned in high winds on Garvock Hill near Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire. Cheryl and 6 other children were hospitalised. Bluebird had recently been awarded the contract to transport the children over a rival firm and had decided to use double decker buses. This decision was made by the company despite repeated warnings from parents about weather conditions on parts of the route.
Dame Elish Angiolini submitted her investigation into the cremation of babies at the council-run Mortonhall facility in Edinburgh last week but it has been revealed the council failed to tell the families involved. The crematorium buried or scattered the ashes of babies for decades but parents had been told there would be nothing left to scatter after their babies had been cremated. Former Dame Elish, the former lord advocate, gave her findings to the council on 14 April after a probe into former practices at the crematorium.
People across Ayrshire have reacted with horror after receiving letters from their health board about a breach of infection control at a local dental practice.NHS Ayrshire and Arran say there is a risk of infection for patients of the Drongan Dental Surgery in Mill of Shield Road, Drongan. Patients had previously received a NHS letter last October saying there had been an investigation into this dentist but it was now seen to be complying with the regulations.