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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Serious and Fatal Injury

Chris Gordon, Senior Partner Aberdeen Thompsons Solicitors Senior Partner in Aberdeen, Chris Gordon has warned farm workers to be more safety conscious after a man was killed on a Turriff farm after apparently being crushed by a forklift truck.

A Scottish paratrooper who lost a leg when he stepped on a mine in Afghanistan has won a £1.7m compensation payout, and the mother of one of the 14 RAF officers who died when their Nimrod exploded on another Afghanistan mission was awarded £100,000 compensation.

Thompsons Solicitors have backed the family of a soldier killed when an RAF Nimrod exploded over Afghanistan who criticised the Ministry of Defence for making the battle for compensation "as difficult as possible".

A man was recently injured while out walking on a public footpath. He received a compensation payment for his injuries this week.

He had been out walking his dog on the footpath at the time of the accident. He heard two cyclists coming up the path behind and stepped to the right to get out of their way. As he did this he stepped onto an uneven bit of path and injured his ankle. Due to this injury he was forced to miss 8 weeks of work.

The family of Joe Windall have received compensation after the Nimrod plane which he was in crashed in Afganistan. The Court of Session awarded £90,000 to his mother and £60,000 to his sister. This was the largest Loss of Society Award ever given to a mother and sibling in Scotland.

The TUC has called for the appointment of a Health and Safety Tsar as it published a report published which reveals that more than 20,000 people in the UK are killed prematurely by their work every year.

The Case for Health and Safety smashes the myth that Britain is one of the safest places to work and demonstrates that health and safety at work is as relevant today as it has ever been.

An Aberdeen building firm has been prosecuted and ordered to pay compensation after a worker was injured when a short circuit caused a localised electrical explosion.

Graeme W Cheyne (Builders) Ltd were fined £9,000 after George Forbes, 62, of Nigg, Aberdeen sustained injuries following the explosion in November 2008. Mr Forbes was refurbishing a property in the city and attempted to move a redundant electricity power supply, known as a fuse cut-out, because he was attempting to install new plasterboard behind it.

A farming firm has been fined £13,500 following the death of a 13-year-old boy who fell through the roof of an agricultural building.

The fatal accident happened in August 2006 at Inverlochy Farm, Tomintoul which is run by John Irvine and Son. The boy was the stepson of one of the firm's partners and had been raised up onto the roof in the bucket of a tractor because he wanted to watch the guttering between the cattle shed and feed passage roofs being cleared. He walked out onto the roof and fell 13ft onto the concrete floor below when the corrugated asbestos cement sheeting that formed the roof gave way.  He sustained serious head injuries and later died in hospital.

A council has been fined after a man drowned when he accidentally drove his car into a pier that had no protective barriers.

The accident happened in Dunoon in September 2007, when Duncan MacGillvray, 75, had accidentally put his car into forward gear instead of reverse; he was attempting to leave a parking bay on the pier. The lack of a protective barrier being installed meant that the car mounted the edging and fell around three metres into the water below. He was unable to escape and drowned.

A quarry company based in Aberdeen have been fined almost £100,000 following the death of one of their workers in November 2008.

Leiths (Scotland), who operate at Parkmore Quarry in Dufftown were fined £96,000 at Elgin Sheriff Court after being pleading guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
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