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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Accident at Work

Specialist trade union lawyers Thompsons have secured a compensation claim of £35,000 for a Unite member following a trip at work. 58 year old Irene Tinto sustained a closed fracture in her leg after tripping over a door mat left folded across a doorway by a cleaner.

Paul McIntosh, Personal Injury SolicitorsThompsons award winning trade union lawyers has secured compensation totalling almost £6,000 for an Greggs employee injured at work.

Specialist trade union lawyers Thompsons has helped a Unite member secure £16,500 compensation following an accident at work leaving him with permanent damage to his thumb.

Robert Kerr who works for paper manufacturing company UPM suffered a loss of tissue in his left thumb while operating machinery in May 2010. Mr Kerr’s thumb got caught between two rollers while removing paper from a super calendar machine.

Leading accident injury solicitors Thompsons has successfully secured compensation for an MOD employee injured at work.

Gabriel Chambers sustained a back injury following an accident in August 2011. Mrs Chambers was employed by the MOD and on the day of the accident she was the first to arrive at RNAD Coulport where she was responsible for opening the main gate. The gate was very large and heavy and as she tried to move it Mrs Chambers experienced a sharp pain in her back.

Laura ConnorAward winning lawyers Thompsons has lodged another successful compensation claim for a PCS Union member. Margaret McIlree slipped from a ladder in October 2008 while employed as a civilian guard at Faslane Naval Base.

Wendy Durie, PartnerSpecialist trade union lawyers Thompsons has secured another successful compensation claim for a Unite member injured at work.

Suzanne McGrawA Unite member has been awarded compensation from his employer Eddie Stobart following a workplace accident. Peter Crainie, who is employed by the haulage firm as an HGV driver secured over £3,000 in compensation following the accident in April 2010.

A company which makes coat hangers has been ordered to pay £81,600 to an employee whose hair became tangled up in machinery. The freak accident occurred in 2009 when a woman, on her first day working on Mainetti UK’s conveyor belt, managed to catch her hair and scarf in the machinery.

Annemarie HarbisonAward winning compensation lawyers Thompsons has secured damages totalling £16,000 for a Unison member who suffered a serious trauma at work. Irene Turnbull was left with physical and psychological damage after falling down a lift shaft which she believed to be a cupboard.

Despite training and awareness campaigns professionals working within the healthcare sector are still sustaining injuries caused by needles on a daily basis. We at Thompsons represent a large number of clients who have been injured in this way and have to endure the fear and anxiety of waiting on test results to confirm whether or not they have contracted a blood borne disease such as Hepatitis B or HIV. Unfortunately those affected by this also tend to be the lowest paid staff within the health sector with domestics and auxiliaries being the most common victims. The cause of the injuries in most cases is carelessness by other members of staff who fail to use sharps bins provided. However there is also concern that appropriate ‘safer sharps’ are not being implemented due to cost.

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