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

Thompsons' vast experience of personal injury cases, and their campaigning ethos on behalf of victims of road traffic accidents, industrial accidents and industrial diseases means they are experts on all aspects of health and safety legislation and related issues.

A mill in Kelso has been fined £16750 after a worker lost an arm following an accident at work.

Mr Neil had been cleaning a rotary valve some 4 metres above the ground to prevent it becoming clogged with oats, when he slipped, his arm becoming trapped in the exposed rotating valve blade. He suffered severe personal injury when his arm was drawn into the mechanism and severed. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found there was no possibility of being able to reach the isolation switch to stop power to the machine.

A Fatal Accident Inquiry is to be held in respect of the deaths of a mother and her two young children who were involved in a road traffic accident.

The ongoing Fatal Accident Inquiry investigating the circumstances of the Rosepark Care Home tragedy has heard evidence from one of the owners of the home.

14 elderly residents of the care home died when fire swept through the building in January 2004.

The Abernethy Trust have been criticised by a Sheriff at a Fatal Accident Inquiry for failing to prevent the death of a teenager attending one of their activity centres.

Laura McDairmant died from severe head and neck injuries in July 2006 after jumping into a rock pool and missing the water, hitting rocks instead. She was 15 years old. The accident happened at the Trust's Barcaple Outdoor Centre in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Health and Safety Executive has released figures showing that the number of people who have died during the course of their employment has fallen to a record low.

The figures released by the Health and Safety Executive showed that between 1st April 2009 and 31st March 2010 151 people died at work. The average number of people who died at work in the previous 5 years was said to be 220 per year. 

Thompsons previously reported that a Fatal Accident Inquiry was to be held into the death of Conor McSherry, a milk boy killed by a minibus on his early morning delivery. Now, the FAI has concluded that his death was not foreseeable.

A Fatal Accident Inquiry held at Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court has found that a farm worker who was found dead with crush injuries was most likely to have been killed by a bull. Graeme Riddick, 49, was a self-employed casual worker at Cuil Farm and on December 23rd last year was found face down in the field that contained the bull and 36 heifers.

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court has fined East Ayrshire Council £56,000 following the death of one of its employees. Robert McGill, an electrician for the council for over 18 years was killed in April 2009 whilst carrying out work in the gym hall of Kilmarnock Academy. He suffered severe brain injuries when he fell from a Mobile Elevating Work Platform, or airlift. It collapsed as he worked on overhead lighting.

An army cadet force in the South of England is to honour the memory of 14-year-old Kaylee McIntosh, who died when a summer camp training exercise went horrifically wrong on a Scots loch three years ago.

The Buckinghamshire Army Cadet Force’s E company in Aylesbury will today (Saturday) stage a drill competition for the Kaylee McIntosh Trophy.
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