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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Patrick McGuire, PartnerThompsons Solicitors is giving its full backing to calls by MPs for a criminal inquiry into toxic hip implants. Claims have been made that hip replacement manufacturer DePuy, which is a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, continued to market metal on metal hip implants despite warnings of their negative impact on patient health.

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.

Award winning accident injury lawyers Thompsons have secured £3,500 for a cyclists hit by a van at a junction in Girvan.

The van driver pulled out of the junction without noticing the 57 year old cyclist causing him to fall from his bike sustaining injuries to his back and neck. The cyclist received treatment from his GP and attended hospital for treatment for a sprain to his neck which had subsequently exacerbated a pre-existing condition. Thompsons argued that the driver had failed to drive with due care and attention when he hit our client. Liability was accepted by the insurers and they offered a settlement figure which, following negotiations was increased to £3,500.

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.

Jayne CrawfordThe Health and Safety Executive has today (Friday) formally censured the Ministry of Defence on behalf of the army for its part in the death of Kaylee McIntosh. The concept of Crown Immunity means the army will face no prosecution for the 14 year old cadet’s tragic death in 2007. The teenager from Fyvie, Aberdeenshire died while taking part in a cadet training exercise in the Outer Hebrides.

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.

Patrick McGuire, PartnerUnder current workplace health and safety regulations where an employee is injured in an accident at work and he or she can prove that their employer has breached a statutory duty they can claim compensation. In cases of strict liability, employers cannot avoid responsibility and employees are able to obtain compensation without the need provide all of the evidence to prove that employers are at fault. Under current law employees, who by nature do not have the knowledge nor resources to obtain this information, can obtain compensation on the basis that employers are liable regardless of whether or not they have been negligent.

A new study has been published by Professor Rory O’Neill, Professor of Occupational Health Policy Research at Stirling University into workplace inspections by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The report condemns the HSE’s failure to conduct unannounced inspection upon entire sectors of the workplace and the lack of investigation into reported major injuries in all but 5 per cent of those reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).

Scottish Conservative Local government spokeswoman, Margaret Mitchell MSP recently highlighted a range of examples where compensation had been paid out by Scottish Councils. Over the last five years local authorities have paid a total of £33 million in compensation spread across 13,000 claims.

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