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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Compensation Claims News

A pensioner whose dog escaped and bit a five year old has been fined £200 and ordered to pay £250 compensation by a Sheriff at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

The boy had been playing near his home when he was attacked by the Lakeland Terrier.  The dog was seen to run towards him and jump up at him.  The dog then bit him on his right cheek.  The child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, could be left with permanent scarring. 

A mother has at last won the right to compensation after her son was struck 11 times by another child with a car jack.

A claim was made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in light of the attack but the CICA refused to pay compensation twice as it disputed that a three year old boy could be guilty of a crime of violence.

Kate Winslet, the Oscar-winning actress has accepted £25,000 compensation over a claim made by the Daily Mail that she lied about her exercise routine.

She filed the claim for compensation in May after the paper printed a story calling her the “world’s most irritating actress”.  She was claiming compensation as she claimed that the article left her “distressed and embarrassed”.

The English Court of Appeal recently refused an award of compensation for the parents  of a toddler who tragically drowned in a pond in an accident on a holiday site.

In the case of Bourne Leisure v Marsden 2009 the court of appeal held that the owner of the holiday site was not blame for the tragic accident and was not under a duty to point out the specific location of the pond to parents. 

The family of a US woman who died after taking part in a water drinking competition has received $16 million in compensation.  A  California court found that the radio station KDND FM and its owner were liable for the death of the woman and ordered them to pay the compensation.

The woman, Jennifer Strange, was 28 years old and a mother of three.  She had participated in a competition run by the radio station to see who could drink the most amount of water without going to the toilet.  The prize was a Nintendo Wii.  Unfortunately she lost and later died of acute water intoxication.  It is thought that she drank up to 7.5 litres of water in the hope of winning the console for her children.

The tenant of a rented property raised court action against his landlord after he sustained injuries to his hand. The tenant placed his hand on a glass panel of an internal door and the panel broke. The tenant sustained injury to his hand in the accident and pursed a claim for compensation for his injuries.

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