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.

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Road Accidents

Thompsons No Win No Fee lawyers recently helped Vincent McCall secure £2,400 in compensation when a car collided into the rear of his vehicle causing extensive damage.  This unfortunate car accident occurred when the driver of the other car failed to stop in time when he was driving into a car park.

Thompsons raised court action for recovery of all losses incurred in the car accident including car hire, repairs to Mr McCall’s car and the inconvenience caused to him due to the accident.

Vincent McCall was delighted with the compensation obtained and thanked Thompsons for a first class service.

Alistair Rodger is a council worker from Paisley who was involved in a nasty road accident.  Mr Rodger was crossing Canal Street in Paisley at a pedestrian crossing when a vehicle drove through the red light and ploughed into him. He was left in agony and had three fractures to his shoulder.

David Mackinnon is a firefighter based in Lothian. Earlier this year he was cycling to work but was involved in a road traffic accident. He was cycling across a roundabout when a car entered the roundabout without seeing him and collided with his bike, causing him a nasty injury.

Thompsons arranged an appointment with specialist Professor Rowley as David had sustained a soft tissue injury to his elbow which took four to six weeks to recover from.  The driver of the car admitted liability  and Thompsons help David claim for the pain and distress he had suffered as well as the cost of replacing his bike and damaged gear. There was also a small claim for recoverable sick pay on behalf of his employers as he had been absent from work.

The insurance company of the driver who caused the accident made David a very decent offer which he was happy to accept.

In the recent case of Stanton V Collinson the English Court of Appeal agreed that a 16 year old passenger who had sustained a serious brain injury in a road traffic accident should not have his award of compensation reduced because he was not wearing his seat belt.

The AA have reported that road damage from the recent cold snap have pushed the number of potholes on UK roads to approximately 1.5 million.  The AA have warned that claims for compensation against highway authorities and councils are expected to increase this year due to the defects in the road.  Last year local authorities paid out approximately £65 million in compensation for damage to vehicles.

In the recent English case of Andrew Howe v Wayne Houlton and Others, an articulated lorry struck the open drivers door of a car that was parked illegally on the zig zag lines of a pelican crossing. The driver of the illegally parked car was outside the car when the lorry struck. The accident resulted in the lorry running over the driver of the car. The driver of the car sustained significant injuries and losses as a result of the road traffic accident.

One of the highest ever personal injury compensation payments in the UK was awarded at Newcastle High Court this week.

Lukasz Borowski, 27, received the compensation after being left paralysed from the neck down following a car crash in 2005.

A teenager who was involved in an accident on the A75 near Dumfries on 21 February 2009 has admitted causing the death of his 16 year old passenger by dangerous driving.

Irving Gracie, a 19 year old from Dumfries, was driving at speeds of approximately 116mph just before the car crash which left his friend Danny McQueen dead at the scene.  Another friend was also badly injured as a result of the accident.

A rally driver is suing for £2 million in compensation following a car accident in the Highlands.

Mr Munro who is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder following the accident has lost confidence in the sport which was his passion and has now required to give up rallying.

Owen Griffin’s lawyers have agreed £3million compensation for devastating brain and physical injuries sustained in a car accident in March 2004.  The settlement is one of the biggest personal injury settlements in Northern Ireland.

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