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News Desk May to August 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.
31st August 2006

Thompsons calls on Government to regulate liability insurers

Thompsons Solicitors has told the Department for Constitutional Affairs that liability insurers must be regulated by the Compensation Act. The firm's submission to the consultation on the draft regulations of the Act says that the DCA's proposal to exempt liability insurers is "entirely misconceived".


30th August 2006

One in ten employees needn't be injured at work

New research from AXA Insurance has revealed that as many as one in ten people have sustained an injury in the work place in the past five years.


30th August 2006

Butcher from Yorkshire secures £5,000 compensation for work-related hearing loss

Leading trade union UNISON has secured over £5,000 for a member from Yorkshire who suffered work related hearing loss.


28th August 2006

Commons campaign for mesothelioma drug, Alimta

A campaign to gain access to a cancer drug for scores of mesothelioma sufferers in the UK has been taken to the Secretary of State for Health, Patricia Hewitt.


23rd August 2006

Historical challenge to Crown Prosecution Service as family fights for son killed at work

A family from Bridgend in Wales have been given leave to seek a judicial review of the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) not to bring manslaughter charges against an employer for the death of their son.


23rd August 2006

Thompsons Solicitors and UNISON welcome NICE final guidance on Herceptin

Thompsons Solicitors and UNISON have today welcomed the decision by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) that eligible patients with early stage breast cancer will receive Herceptin on the NHS.


18th August 2006

Fundraising event for National Macmillan Mesothelioma Resource Centre

Carol Orton is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for research into the devastating disease, mesothelioma which killed her dad.


18th August 2006

Grandmother lost four members of her family to asbestos related illnesses

A Grandmother who lost four members of her family to devastating asbestos-related diseases will be given the chance this week to vote to receive compensation.


18th August 2006

Nissan to pay £60,000 compensation to man who lost his toe in accident at work

Nissan Motor Manufacturing (NMUK) is to pay £60,000 in compensation to a former agency worker who lost his toe in an horrific accident at work


17th August 2006

Compensation for Carer who was assaulted at work

Sandra Caines was injured by a patient in the course of her work as a care staff member at a Community Unit for Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust.


16th August 2006

Latest HSE fatal injury statistics: Local solicitor condemns inability to make significant improvements

The latest statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that for the first six months of 2005/06 there were 288 fatal injuries, compared with 311 during the same period in the previous year.


15th August 2006

Tenby family secure over £200,000 compensation for tragic victim of asbestos cancer

Lawyers acting for the family of scaffolder Peter John James of Sageston, Tenby who suffered a premature and painful death from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma, have successfully secured over £200,000 against three of his former employers.


15th August 2006

Shipyard worker helped convince Prime Minister to restore right to compensation for mesothelioma victims.

A North East shipyard worker convinced Prime Minister Tony Blair to step in to make sure hundreds of North East asbestos victims received their right to full compensation.


14th August 2006

Hillingdon widow in bid to trace co-workers following husband’s tragic death from asbestos cancer

Lawyers acting for a former Cape Factory maintenance worker who died a tragic and painful death from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma are working alongside his widow in a desperate attempt to trace his co-workers.


11th August 2006

National Campaigning Group Launched to end Workplace Deaths

Relatives of people killed at work have launched a group called Families against Corporate Killers (FACK).


7th August 2006

Compensation from Nursing Home for Clinical Negligence

A woman from Colchester has secured compensation from a nursing home for clinical negligence, with the support of clinical negligence specialists Thompsons Solicitors.


3rd August 2006

Trade Union member secures £4,000 in compensation following road traffic accident

BECTU member Dave Williams has secured £4,000 in compensation following a road traffic accident on the M40.


1st August 2006

MRSA or methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus

With MRSA cases on the increase, clinical negligence expert Kashmir Uppal of Thompsons Solicitors in Birmingham explains that claiming compensation is a challenge, but possible.


31st July 2006

Foundry worker receives compensation for noise induced hearing loss

Leading trade union Amicus has secured £5,500 in compensation for a member who suffered from noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) after working at the former St Gobain foundry in Risca for 35 years.


28th July 2006

Thompsons Solicitors Condemn Delay In Provision of Breast Cancer Drug Herceptin

UNISON and solicitors Thompsons have today condemned moves by an NHS Primary Care Trust which will severely delay thousands of women who are suffering from breast cancer from receiving the drug Herceptin.


21st July 2006

Trade union solicitors welcome Corporate Manslaughter Bill

Trade Union solicitors Thompsons have welcomed today’s Corporate Manslaughter Bill but condemned a wasted opportunity to improve workplace safety.


20th July 2006

Compensation for Widow after husband died of asbestos-related illness, mesothelioma

A North West widow has received an undisclosed payout in compensation after her husband died from devastating disease mesothelioma.


20th July 2006

Research into drug to extend Mesothelioma sufferers’ lives funded by North East Research Fund

Important research into life extending cancer drug, Alimta could deliver its first results within the next two years.


19th July 2006

Compensation for Mesothelioma Restored

Thompsons Solicitors has welcomed news that mesothelioma victims will have their right to full compensation restored.


13th July 2006

Compensation for victims of asbestos

Thousands of North East asbestos victims will be given the opportunity to vote on long awaited compensation pay outs this September.


12th July 2006

Firefighter praised for wanting to help people

Alexander Bogle was a firefighter with Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service. As a result of suffering damage to his hearing at work, he was retired from the job at the age of 51, four years before he would normally have retired.


3rd July 2006

Heathrow Express worker wins disability discrimination claim

A Heathrow Express worker who was dismissed after suffering bouts of stress-related illness as the result of a 'needle-stick' injury sustained at work has won her claim of unfair dismissal on the grounds of disability.


30th June 2006

Daughter calls for answers over father’s tragic death at work

On 15th November 2005, Frederick Moses died when he fell approximately 15 feet through an opening in the floor of the warehouse where he worked.


28th June 2006

Widow speaks out about Government’s compassion for mesothelioma victims

Barbara Sharp’s husband, Ronald died aged only 59 from the deadly asbestos cancer, mesothelioma, which he contracted after many years working as a scenic painter in the film industry during the 1960’s and 1970’s.


21st June 2006

Disabled Woman’s Accident in Toilet Cubicle leads to Broken Leg

Ann Grayson, who is already confined to a wheelchair due to arthritis, recently suffered from a painful fall and broke her leg and her ankle.


20th June 2006

Government shows real compassion, but must act for all victims, lawyers say

Thompsons Solicitors, one of the law firms at the heart of the Barker asbestos test case, today welcomed the announcement that the government will amend the Compensation Bill to reverse the effect of the House of Lords ruling in the asbestos compensation appeal case of Barker.


16th June 2006

Can you help Linda Carter?

Lawyers acting for a Poole production manager who died a tragic and painful death from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma are working with his widow, Linda Carter, in a desperate attempt to trace his co-workers


16th June 2006

Machine worker receives compensation following ladder accident

Leading trade union Amicus has secured over £77,000 for a member injured in a ladder accident at a South Wales heating firm.


13th June 2006

Asbestos Register is Launched

BECTU and the union’s law firm Thompsons have set up a register for members who believe they have been exposed to asbestos.


13th June 2006

Thompsons calls for swift action after Prime Minister's announcement on asbestos

Thompsons Solicitors has welcomed the comment by Tony Blair that he is looking for the best opportunity to change the House of Lords decision in Barker. The firm called for swift action to prevent further delay in reversing the ruling.


12th June 2006

Thompsons and Trade Union campaign for Herceptin

Thompsons Solicitors has welcomed the new guidelines published this week about the Breast Cancer Drug, Herceptin.


7th June 2006

Thompsons call for life-extending medicine to be available for mesothelioma victims

Thompsons Solicitors, has welcomed news that drug manufacturer Eli Lilly is appealing against the withdrawal from use in the NHS of life extending cancer medicine, Alimta.


6th June 2006

Legal unit established for persecuted trade unionists in Colombia

Trade unionists unfairly imprisoned for their union activities in Colombia will get vital legal support through a joint project launched today by the Transport and General Workers Union and Thompsons Solicitors.


1st June 2006

Hatfield Crash Companies Awarded £20.9m

It has now come to light from figures issued under the Freedom of Information Act that companies involved in the crash have been given £20.9m in defence costs from the government. This money was awarded to them to cover their legal costs after the corporate manslaughter trial fell though.


24th May 2006

Night editor wins RSI damages of £37,500

A Guardian Newspapers night editor who was refused access to the company physiotherapist after developing crippling elbow pain and who was eventually forced to leave the paper because only unsuitable, lower paid work was offered, has been paid £37, 500 damages.


24th May 2006

Summer 2006 - secondary regulations of the NHS Redress Bill to be drafted

In the autumn of 2005 the government introduced the NHS Redress Bill.  This is an outline bill and most of the detail of how the system would work is reserved to secondary regulations which were planned for drafting in the summer of 2006.


22nd May 2006

Widow of bladder cancer victim calls on workers to seek help

The widow of a process worker who died from bladder cancer as a result of exposure to harmful chemicals is calling on other workers exposed to seek immediate medical attention.


22nd May 2006

Mother's three year battle for apology for son's death

A mother who believes her son died as a result of clinical negligence continues with her three year battle for an apology from the NHS Trust.


19th May 2006

Denying prisoners the right to claim compensation is a return to Dickensian workhouses, lawyers warn

Thompsons Solicitors, the UK’s most experienced personal injury law firm, has warned that to deny prisoners the right to claim compensation for personal injury would be a return to the dark days of the Dickensian workhouse.


9th May 2006

Association of British Insurers’ stats should be handled with care, warn lawyers

Thompsons Solicitors, the UK’s leading claimant law firm, has called on the Association of British Insurers to come clean about its statistics that “prove” there are disproportionate costs in personal injury claims.


3rd May 2006

Lords slash asbestos compensation

Mesothelioma sufferers and their families face massive cuts in their compensation for the deadly asbestos cancer, mesothelioma, as a result of a ruling announced by the House of Lords today.


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