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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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.

The Administrative Court in England recently decided upon the case of Airbus Operations Ltd & Another v Roberts [2012] EWHC 3631 wherein it found that the defendant was in contempt of court as a result of his misrepresentation of his injuries sustained in a workplace accident. This was decided on the basis the defenders produced surveillance evidence which if not obtained and shown to the court would have meant that the claimant would have likely obtained a substantial sum of damages which he was not entitled to.

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.

Patrick McGuire“Public Inquiry is the only option” – Patrick McGuire

Thompsons Solicitors is calling on the Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson MSP to launch a Public Inquiry into the baby ash scandal uncovered at Mortonhall Crematorium. Dorothy Maitland, Operations Manager of SANDS Lothian, who is also one of the victims being represented by Thompsons, is meeting the Minister today to discuss the issue. Thompsons has approached the Minister for a meeting at a later date.

A former footballer who became a fire fighter has been awarded compensation of £325,000 after a wall collapsed on him while battling a blaze in Lanarkshire.

FBU member Brian Dempsie and his colleague Ross French, who were both employed by Strathclyde Fire Board, were seriously injured in February 2008 while tackling a fire in a garage. Mr Dempsie, who played for Motherwell between 1999 and 2003, suffered a dislocated shoulder, fractured knee cap, injured ankle and burns. Mr French, who was also seriously injured, was awarded compensation of £113,000.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a health screening company for using unqualified staff to test workers for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).

Audio Medical Services Ltd, was employed by several companies across the UK to carry out medical screening on their workers for a period of four years.  It has since been discovered that Audio Medical Services Ltd did not refer workers to occupational health doctors when they displayed symptoms of HAVS and failed to provide employers with guidance on how to prevent workers’ symptoms deteriorating.  Staff employed by Audio Medical Services Ltd to tests for HAVS had received no occupational health training.

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.

 

Intention to legislate comes on fifth anniversary of Flying Phantom disaster

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.

In July of this year Sheriff Napier sitting at Aberdeen Sheriff Court decided upon the case of Smith v Fowler and found that drivers ought to bear in mind the rules of the highway code and should not accept the flashing of lights from other vehicles as a signal that it is safe to perform a right hand turn. Any driver who relies upon this alone and fails to check the road is clear for themselves will be found to be negligent.

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