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.

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Accident at Work

Thompsons have secured a very substantial settlement for one of their clients, a construction worker from Fife. He was seriously injured while working as a plant operator for a major construction company. When the gentleman arrived  at work one morning to begin his duties on a large new housing development he lost his footing and slipped. To recover his balance he steadied himself by placing his hand on a large concrete block. Just as he did this a crane operator, from a contractor who was unloading concrete blocks lowered a huge mono block directly onto the client’s hand. It was a very serious accident with several fingers badly crushed. The injury was so severe that the client had to be off work for a considerable period of time and was unable to take part in many of his favourite past times many of which are outdoor pursuits. He lost much of his confidence and while previously he’d been a very outgoing person he now just wanted to stay at home. His confidence was also affected by the fact that he wasn’t able to go back to his old job as a plant operator and was instead given menial duties to perform.

Stewart WhiteIt was then that he decided to contact Thompsons to see if was entitled to any compensation. Stewart White from Thompsons who is an expert at dealing with this sort of case thought this gentleman had a very strong claim. Stewart began by getting expert medical opinion on his injury which detailed how much pain he was in and how long it would take him to recover. Witnesses to the accident were also interview by Stewart which proved vital in providing evidence which backed up the client’s account.

The Insurers for the contractors contested his claim and so Stewart raised an action in the Court of Session. The case settled out of court for  £100,000 pounds in compensation. Speaking after the decision the client who wanted to remain anonymous said “I’m just delighted with this. The accident and everything that came after it has been a nightmare for me and my family. As well as all the pain I was in I really lost my confidence and wasn’t able to enjoy all my hobbies the way I used to. Speaking with Thompsons and having Stewart as my lawyer was a big boost after all that. He was clear that none of this was my fault and that I was absolutely entitled to compensation for what had happened. Stewart’s help and advice was such a comfort to me and my family and now the case is over I can start getting on with my life again”

His lawyer Stewart White said “This gentleman is a decent and hard-working man who suffered a very serious injury at work through no fault of his own. The accident had an enormous impact on his life and on his family. It was very clear to me that the fault lay with the contractor engaged by his employers hence the action was raised in the Court of Session. The substantial sum that he was awarded is completely justified given how serious the injury was. His case shows just how important it is for people to contact specialist personal injury lawyers if they’re involved in this kind of accident.”




 

Thompsons client William Compston from Greenock seriously injured his shoulder whilst working as a driver for his local health board. During his routine duties William was unloading equipment from his lorry when the rear shutter unexpectedly fell, crushing him and seriously injuring his right shoulder. Straight away Mr Compston suspected that a fault in the shutter mechanism had caused the accident. As a member of the trade union UNISON William knew he was entitled to the best personal accident legal advice from Thompsons. His lawyer, Laura Connor, knew that William had a very good case and she immediately began pursuing the claim against the health board as well as gathering evidence from William’s colleagues. As an acceptable out of court settlement could not be reached, the case was raised in the Court of Session. 

It has been reported that a chef in a West Lothian Hotel has been seriously injured after a deep fat fryer exploded and covered him in boiling oil.

The 30 year old chef is in hospital following the accident which occurred on Wednesday.  It has been reported that he suffered 12 per cent burns which affect his shoulder, back and ear and left arm.

An offshore worker David Stephenson, 44, was crushed to death on a diving support vessel offshore from Aberdeen.

The Marine accident investigation Branch (MAIB) stated that the most basic safety principles were ignored and lessons must be learned. Its findings were released on 20 january 2010.

On the 7th January 2010 a building firm named WM E Naylor and Son were fined £8,000 plus costs of a court action for using unsafe scaffolding.

The Health and Safety Executive carried out an inspection of one of the firms work sites and found through investigation that employees were being exposed to risks of falls of up to 5 meters due to poorly erected scaffolding.

The European Court of Justice held recently that if a person decides not to take planned holidays because they are ill and instead takes sick leave, they must have their holiday entitlement returned to them. The court held that the point of holiday entitlement was to allow an employee to rest and relax and the point of sick leave was to allow an employee to get well. 

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