Bereaved parents affected by the Mortonhall baby ash scandal have been dealt another blow as police confirm there will be no criminal prosecutions. 26 complaints were made to the former Lothian and Borders Police after it was revealed that parents had been denied their babies’ ashes following cremation at the Edinburgh crematorium. It is believed the practice of withholding the ashes for young babies had been in place since the facility opened in the 1960s.
Scottish women suffering from horrific side affects and agonising pain caused by plastic mesh implants to treat bladder problems are being urged to trust Thompsons to fight their legal battle.It is thought hundreds of women could be suffering as a result of treatment to support pelvic organs and correct stress incontinence. In the UK more than 14,000 mesh implant procedures are carried out each year.
Fashion outlet TK Maxx has paid out compensation to a shopper who was injured while shopping in the chain’s Craigleith store in Edinburgh.52 year old Anita Meena was looking at clothes when she was struck from behind by a suitcase which had been knocked from a display by another customer. The suitcase had been displayed on a shelf around five feet in height when it fell, landing on her shoulder and neck. Mrs Meena said it was a huge shock: “I couldn’t believe it when it happened. I was looking for clothes and suddenly a suitcase fell on me. I couldn’t understand what had happened but I was in agony. I already suffered pain in my neck and shoulder so this made it even more difficult for me. The store called an ambulance and I received treatment for tissue damage.”
Scottish Government court reform bill consultation launchedA Scottish Government consultation on court reform has today (Wednesday) been launched by Justice Minister Kenny McAskill MSP. The long awaited proposals are expected to pave the way for the biggest overhaul of Scottish courts for a generation.
Thompsons Solicitors is giving its full backing to calls by MPs for a criminal inquiry into toxic hip implants. Claims have been made that hip replacement manufacturer DePuy, which is a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, continued to market metal on metal hip implants despite warnings of their negative impact on patient health.
The Health and Safety Executive has today (Friday) formally censured the Ministry of Defence on behalf of the army for its part in the death of Kaylee McIntosh. The concept of Crown Immunity means the army will face no prosecution for the 14 year old cadet’s tragic death in 2007. The teenager from Fyvie, Aberdeenshire died while taking part in a cadet training exercise in the Outer Hebrides.
“Public Inquiry is the only option” – Patrick McGuireThompsons Solicitors is calling on the Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson MSP to launch a Public Inquiry into the baby ash scandal uncovered at Mortonhall Crematorium. Dorothy Maitland, Operations Manager of SANDS Lothian, who is also one of the victims being represented by Thompsons, is meeting the Minister today to discuss the issue. Thompsons has approached the Minister for a meeting at a later date.
A former footballer who became a fire fighter has been awarded compensation of £325,000 after a wall collapsed on him while battling a blaze in Lanarkshire.FBU member Brian Dempsie and his colleague Ross French, who were both employed by Strathclyde Fire Board, were seriously injured in February 2008 while tackling a fire in a garage. Mr Dempsie, who played for Motherwell between 1999 and 2003, suffered a dislocated shoulder, fractured knee cap, injured ankle and burns. Mr French, who was also seriously injured, was awarded compensation of £113,000.
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