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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. 

Very sadly not long after court proceedings were raised William passed away due to terminal cancer but his wife Anne Marie was determined that the case went ahead and she began working with Laura Connor to press William’s claim. At this stage in the legal process hospital bosses decided they would make Anne Marie an offer of £10,500 for the injuries William had suffered and this was acceptable to both Anne Marie and Laura.

Speaking about what happened Mrs Compston said “I’m very happy about what happened with my husband’s case. I’ve never been one for getting the lawyers involved but I felt very strongly about what happened to William. I did think about giving up but then it’s about the principle of the thing not about the money. Laura was lovely, she really supported me a lot through this. I honestly couldn’t find fault with any of the service from Thompsons.”

Laura Connor, was the lawyer for both the late Mr Compston and his wife Anne Marie, she said “The Compstons have shown a lot of courage and determination through all this. William was a decent hard working man who suffered a very serious injury because of faulty equipment. After his passing Anne Marie was determined to carry on with things and it was a pleasure for me to help her. This is just another example of a strong legal team helping  working people hold their bosses to account”


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