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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Industrial Disease

Clydeside Action on Asbestos (CAA) is Scotland’s leading asbestos charity providing advice and assistance to people who suffer from an asbestos related disease and their families.

For over 25 years Clydeside Action on Asbestos has been a voice and a support for people with an asbestos related disease.  CAA lobby, campaign and work together with medical and legal experts throughout Scotland.

Thompsons are Scotland’s leading law firm representing people struck down by industrial disease. Whether it be an asbestos related disease, a vibration condition from using power tools or industrial hearing loss  our specialist team of lawyers have years of experience in standing up for victims all over the country. The vast majority of the cases we take on end in a successful payout for our clients. Thompsons are also Scotland's leading trade union lawyers and as such we have a track record second to none when it comes to representing union members and their families. 

This month a safety limit on volume levels for all new personal music players such as iPods has been introduced to warn users of the dangers of listening to their music at an unsafe volume.

All personal music players and mobile phones sold within the EU must now have a sound limit of 85 Decibels (dB) although this can be increased by users themselves to 100dB. The sound limit is still above the 80 db which is recommended as the safe limit for users. This limit was set by a European Commission Assessment which noted that 80dB was a safe level no matter how long they were continuously used for at this level. Noise at this level is comparable to someone shouting or road traffic noise in the street.

Joseph Johnson, a former dockyard worker, has had his claim for noise induced deafness dismissed on the basis that he is out of time to claim.

Mr Johnson worked at Chatham Dockyard in the 1960s and 70s. During this time he was exposed to very loud noise from use of percussive tools. He brought claims against two of his former employers alleging that they had negligently exposed him to noise which caused his deafness. He claimed that he was not aware that his deafness was related to the noise which he was exposed to until he consulted a specialist in 2009. Throughout the course of his case however he accepted that he had ‘actual knowledge’ that he was suffering from deafness at the age 61 in 2001.

Mr Reed has received a payment of £14,000 as a result of his compensation claim against his employer. He was employed by a company called Hepworth Concrete Ltd which manufactured cement. Mr Reed was employed in the manufacturing process.

However, his employer did not at any point warn him about the dangers involved in working with cement dust. He was also not provided with proper protective equipment or even advised to wear gloves. On occasions he even had to change in or out of his work clothes next to where he was working.

An Aberfeldy based contractors has been fined after seven of its workers suffered acute lead poisoning whilst at work, undertaking the renovation of a castle in Perthshire.

Blairish Restorations Limited was appointed as main contractors to carry out renovation work at Findynate House, between March and August 2008. Despite seeing a pre-construction report containing warnings about the possibility of the presence of lead in the paintwork, no risk assessment was undertaken. The workers had been sanding the paint down by hand, and were provided with no specialist protective clothing or masks to wear. The company was also criticised for poor housekeeping on the site, leading to further spread of the toxic material.

An RAF Corporal has successfully sued for compensation after being injured at work. 52 year old Shaun Wood worked as a painter with the RAF. During this period of employment he was exposed to dangerous chemicals while working in conditions which were described as “Victorian”. At the time he was not aware of the effects of exposure to the chemicals.

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