John Morgan, a law graduate who has recently completed an internship at the Scottish Parliament has won the inaugural Frank Maguire Memorial Award. The award was set up in the memory of Frank, who was senior partner at Thompsons Solicitors and was one Scotland’s foremost lawyers campaigning for legal reform. He spent his entire career fighting for the victims of industrial diseases and for those killed or injured in the workplace.
Kerry Johnson whose mother Joy Robson was killed in last year’s Snowman Rally in Inverness has called on the Crown office to act now and set up Fatal Accident Inquiries into her mother’s accident and the recent deaths at the Jim Clark Rally in the Borders.Mrs Robson who was fifty and from Portree on the Isle of Skye was killed after being hit by a competing car as she watched the rally in February last year. An eight year old boy was also struck but survived. Joy’s daughter Kerry who was absolutely horrified by the recent deaths at the Jim Clark Rally has spoken out about the lack of safety measures at these events and the need for the Crown Office to properly investigate the fatalities through an FAI.
A story appeared on BBC news recently which highlights the failings of companies to properly recognise the dangers of asbestos. Angus Group Ltd, an asbestos removal firm, was fined £109,000 when it failed to adequately carry out the proper risk assessments before beginning asbestos removal work during the demolition of a primary school in Lincoln.
A jury has decided that the bus operator Bluebird Buses Ltd, which is a subsidiary of Stagecoach, must pay substantial damages to a former school pupil injured in a bus crash in October 2010.Cheryl Forbes was injured when the double-decker bus carrying her and over 30 fellow pupils from Mearns Academy overturned in high winds on Garvock Hill near Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire. Cheryl and 6 other children were hospitalised. Bluebird had recently been awarded the contract to transport the children over a rival firm and had decided to use double decker buses. This decision was made by the company despite repeated warnings from parents about weather conditions on parts of the route.
Dame Elish Angiolini submitted her investigation into the cremation of babies at the council-run Mortonhall facility in Edinburgh last week but it has been revealed the council failed to tell the families involved. The crematorium buried or scattered the ashes of babies for decades but parents had been told there would be nothing left to scatter after their babies had been cremated. Former Dame Elish, the former lord advocate, gave her findings to the council on 14 April after a probe into former practices at the crematorium.
People across Ayrshire have reacted with horror after receiving letters from their health board about a breach of infection control at a local dental practice.NHS Ayrshire and Arran say there is a risk of infection for patients of the Drongan Dental Surgery in Mill of Shield Road, Drongan. Patients had previously received a NHS letter last October saying there had been an investigation into this dentist but it was now seen to be complying with the regulations.
Women who have been severely injured by commonly-used surgical implants have revealed their stories ahead of mass legal action against the manufacturer. The mesh implants hardened, causing terrible injury to the women.Every year about 1,500 Scots undergo an operation to insert mesh, the implants are commonly used to treat a prolapsed bladder and relieve incontinence, often as a result of childbirth.
Claims that the introduction of zero hours contracts could affect safety on Britain's railways are a cause for concern, an MP has said.
A new bill designed to re-claim the medical costs of treating people suffering from asbestos related disease has been launched. It’s backed by leading asbestos charities, politicians and Thompsons Solicitors, Scotland’s most experienced asbestos lawyers. The Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases Bill will allow the NHS to claw back the enormous costs associated with caring for people who contracted industrial diseases like Mesothelioma which is caused by exposure to asbestos.
Lawyers acting for Bond Helicopters have agreed to begin making interim payments to victims of the Clutha tragedy. Thompsons Solicitors who are representing over 50 victims have welcomed the move which will help their clients cover loss of salary while full compensation is agreed. Many victims have been unable to work since the accident and have incurred significant loss of earnings.