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News Desk January to April 2006

Thompsons Solicitors are the most experienced personal injury practice in the UK with specific expertise in personal injury claims. Thompsons provides a news and information service to journalists interested in personal injury and employment law issues. This includes press releases on many of the firm's successful cases, and comment on legal matters which affect trade unions and their members, and on our responses to government policy consultation documents.

A selection of press releases are below. To contact Thompsons' press office, please call 0207 290 0000.

To view press releases from 1st May 2011 please visit our personal injury news page.

Links to press releases for other periods can be found on the main News Desk page.
26th April 2006

Families urge Government to ensure the Corporate Manslaughter Bill

As they reflect on the loss of their loved ones ahead of International Workers Memorial Day this Friday 28th April, families across the UK are urging the Government to ensure that the Corporate Manslaughter Bill is tough on employers who play fast and loose with their employees’ lives.

12th April 2006

Thompsons and UNISON Welcomes Herceptin Ruling

UNISON, the UK's largest union, and their law firm Thompsons, today welcomed the ruling in the Court of Appeal that Swindon NHS PCT must provide breast cancer sufferer, Ann Marie Rogers with potentially life-saving drug Herceptin.

31st March 2006

Local members of Bakers Union receive new PC for learning centre

Leading trade union law firm Thompsons Solicitors is supporting the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) with the donation of a new PC for its learning centre in Wigan.

31st March 2006

Family from Bridgend attempts to take Crown Prosecution Service to court following teenager’s tragic death

A family from Bridgend, South Wales, is attempting to take the Crown Prosecution Service to court following the tragic death of teenager Daniel Dennis, who died in April 2003 when he fell from a roof he had been working on in Cwmbran, South Wales.

27th March 2006

Man from Middlesbrough secures £2.5M in compensation following horrific car crash

A 22 year old Middlesbrough man, Mark Cook, was today celebrating his £2.5M compensation settlement following a horrific car accident in 2001. The compensation was secured with the support of the Middlesbrough branch of national solicitors Thompsons.

27th March 2006

Former Solaglas employee wins £5,500 compensation for shoulder laceration

A 32 year-old glasscutter who worked at Solaglas Limited in Kent has been awarded £5,500 in compensation in an accident which the firm could have prevented with correct health and safety procedures.

8th March 2006

Widows Face New Asbestos Challenge

Lawyers representing mesothelioma sufferers and their families are facing a challenge to victims’ continued right to compensation for the deadly asbestos cancer, mesothelioma, in a hearing in the House of Lords due to start on Monday, 13 March.

1st March 2006

Retained firefighters win landmark equal rights fight

The House of Lords has today backed retained firefighters battling for equal pension and sick pay rights. The landmark decision paves the way for retained firefighters in Fire and Rescue Services across the UK to have access to the Fire Service pension scheme.

27th February 2006

Youth centre worker wins £33,750 for bouncy castle back injury

A 51 year old man who worked at the Chester Le Street Youth Centre has been awarded £33,750 from Durham County Council in compensation for a back injury caused by putting away a deflated bouncy castle. The compensation was secured with the support of his union Unison and its solicitors, Thompsons.

23rd February 2006

5,000 North East residents sign Action Mesothelioma Petition

Over five thousand Tyneside residents have signed the Action Mesothelioma Petition, organised by the British Lung Foundation and local charity Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund (MKMRF) which aims to improve diagnosis and encourage further research into treatment of this deadly cancer. Mesothelioma is a malignant lung disease which is caused by exposure to asbestos.

13th February 2006

Patient at Princess Royal Hospital, Hull secures £200,000 compensation for clinical negligence

A local mother of two has been awarded £200,000 compensation for a mistake made at Princess Royal Hospital, Hull, during a routine ovarian cyst operation, which led to the patient requiring a colostomy for life. The compensation was secured with the help of leading clinical negligence firm Thompsons Solicitors.

7th February 2006

Northern Electric pay compensation for ladder fall

Leading trade union Amicus has secured compensation for a member from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, from Northern Electric Plc. The compensation is for a workplace injury which was incurred by Kevin Noble after falling from his company vehicle while trying to secure a ladder to its roof. The compensation was secured by Amicus' free legal help scheme.

2nd February 2006

Granada TV location manager secures compensation from injury on set of 'The Quest'

A Granada TV location manager who broke a knee cap and elbow while working on the set of David Jason's directing debut programme "The Quest" has secured compensation, with the support of his union BECTU and its lawyers Thompsons Solicitors.

26th January 2006

Pleural plaques test case ruling will deprive thousands of people of their right to compensation

Amicus the trade union, and its lawyers, acting for asbestos claimants across the UK condemned a Judgment given by the Court of Appeal today in a test case concerning whether compensation should continue to be paid for an asbestos related condition known as pleural plaques.

24th January 2006

Nightclub owner liable for bouncer's attack on fire fighter

An innocent firefighter who was attacked by a nightclub bouncer in Southend and left brain damaged is at last set to receive compensation more than five years after the incident. With the support of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and its lawyers Thompsons Solicitors, the latest appeals by the insurers and the nightclub owner have been dismissed. A decision which will have serious implications for the UK’s leisure, security and insurance industry.

7th January 2006

High Court upholds protection of sources as matter of “vital public interest”

The National Union of Journalists, and their lawyers Thompsons, are hailing today’s High Court ruling that journalist Robin Ackroyd should not have to reveal his source as a historic victory upholding the highest principles of the profession.

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