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News Desk May to August 2007

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 2007

Thompsons Solicitors to raise money for Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA)

Staff at Thompsons Solicitors in Newcastle are pulling on their hiking boots to raise money for a national charity


29th August 2007

Employment tribunal upholds worker’s claim for unfair dismissal by Swansea Council

Swansea Council has been criticised for a "cruel and deliberate attack" on one of its own workers in a row over a sickness dispute.


16th August 2007

£45,000 compensation for Mason after ladder fall broke both feet

A council worker who broke both his feet after falling from an unsecured ladder has won compensation from Pembrokeshire County Council


13th August 2007

Compensation for accidents at work for two Tesco employees

Tesco Stores Limited is having to defend its health and safety record as two employees sue for negligence


10th August 2007

Mesothelioma, the UK’s third fastest increasing cancer

Renewed calls have been made for further funding from the Government for the treatment of asbestos related disease, mesothelioma


9th August 2007

Former workers of a North East company, who were exposed to asbestos at work, are being denied thousands of pounds in compensation

The men, who worked for Cape Darlington Ltd, formerly known as Darlington Insulation Company Limited, have been awarded more than £200,000 in compensation after developing asbestos-related diseases caused through working for the firm.


8th August 2007

Staff nurse at Broadmoor Hospital secures £21,500compensation

A staff nurse at Broadmoor Hospital, West London Mental Health NHS Trust, has secured £21,500 compensation following two assaults by a patient.


7th August 2007

A man who was exposed to asbestos while working as steel erector has been compensated after developing an asbestos-related disease

Charles Walton, from Leeds developed disabling lung condition pleural thickening after being exposed to asbestos working for a contractor in power stations across the UK


2nd August 2007

Thompsons calls for increase in compensation for victims of asbestos cancer

Thompsons Solicitors has called on the Government to increase the amount of compensation for bereavement to the families of asbestos cancer victims in England & Wales.


30th July 2007

Compensation for mesothelioma victim

A man who was exposed to asbestos while working for British Airport Authority (BAA) has been awarded £165,000 in compensation.


26th July 2007

New corporate manslaughter law will play key role in reducing workplace deaths

The solicitor and family of Daniel Dennis, the 17 year old from South Wales who died in his first week at work when he fell through a skylight after being sent onto a roof with no prior safety training, today welcomed Royal Assent being given to the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act.


24th July 2007

Health and Safety issues at Nestle UK Limited as four employees secure compensation after developing tennis elbow

Nestle UK Ltd has paid compensation to four workers at the coffee making giant's site at Burton on Trent, Staffs, after each of them developed tennis elbow.


23rd July 2007

Jarvis PLC to pay £8,000 damages to railway shopman following

Jarvis PLC is to pay £8,000 damages to a railway shopman from York following an accident at the York depot.


19th July 2007

Thompsons' top place in diversity survey

Thompsons has achieved a top six place in a ground breaking survey of national and international law firms’ records on diversity


18th July 2007

Victim of mesothelioma receives £160,000 compensation

A roofer who worked with asbestos for over 20 years has been awarded over £160,000 in compensation.


17th July 2007

Polisher from Leeds secures £6,500 compensation in deafness claim

Mr Alan Gosling, aged 39, from Leeds, brought his claim after realising that his hearing had become impaired. His claim was handled by leading personal injury specialists Thompsons Solicitors


13th July 2007

Injured people reject government’s claims reforms

A survey of over 1,000 claimants by leading personal injury claimant law firm Thompsons shows overwhelming opposition to the government’s reform for the personal injury claims process


11th July 2007

Out of sight, out of mind - woman shipyard worker sacked unfairly after developing arthritis

A 31-year old woman, who was sacked by her employer, A&P Falmouth, four years after being diagnosed with an arthritis type disability, has won her case for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal


10th July 2007

Justice for families Affected by Asbestos

North West families are finally receiving compensation from a defunct asbestos company more than six years after their claims were first lodged.


9th July 2007

NICE to make mesothelioma drug Alimta available on the NHS

People across the UK affected by asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma have welcomed a decision by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) to make chemotherapy drug Alimta available on the NHS


6th July 2007

Kent groundsman secures compensation after losing a limb in an accident

A Kent groundsman has secured compensation after losing a limb in an accident at work.


4th July 2007

Mesothelioma victim's family calls for witnesses who worked at Stanton and Staveley

Lawyers acting for the family of a former fitter’s mate at Stanton and Staveley in Ilkeston are trying to trace his former co-workers following his tragic death from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma on 7th February 2005.


3rd July 2007

Two year platform leak an accident waiting to happen

Chiltern Railways have been forced to pay compensation of £10,000 after failing to mend a roof which had leaked for at least two years.


2nd July 2007

NEXUS loses its appeal to pay over £7,000 damages to injured metro train driver from Newcastle

An appeal at Newcastle Upon Tyne Law Courts has today ruled that NEXUS, the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive, should now pay the £7,300 damages it owes a metro train driver from Newcastle who was injured following the failure of an overhead line.


25th June 2007

Driver secures damages following amputation of his trapped finger

An HGV driver employed by the London Borough of Harrow has been awarded compensation following an accident which left him with part of his finger amputated


22nd June 2007

Asbestos-Related Pleural Plaques Appeal in the House of Lords

A long-awaited appeal to the Law Lords to reinstate compensation for sufferers of asbestos related condition pleural plaques will be heard next week


21st June 2007

The family of a former British Rail worker has won compensation following his death from an asbestos-related disease

Bill Bulled, 66, from Croydon, died from mesothelioma in November 2005, just a month after he married his second wife Elaine, and just a few months after he was diagnosed with the devastating disease


21st June 2007

Site supervisor hit by unsafe cover moulding secures damages

A site supervisor for the London Borough of Newham has secured damages with the help of union GMB and Thompsons Solicitors after being hit by window moulding which had not been properly and safely fitted by 1st Saxon, a property servicing company


20th June 2007

New Bill to assist mesothelioma victims

The Government has published a new Bill to assist mesothelioma victims in line with recommendations made by Thompsons Solicitor


19th June 2007

UK Coal Ltd to pay £4,500 damages to County Durham worker who suffered fromnoise induced hearing loss

UK Coal Ltd is to pay £4,500 in damages to a man from County Durham who suffered noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) during a period of exposure with the firm RJB Mining – a company which UK Coal Ltd later took over


19th June 2007

Gateshead case shows that employers can be held responsible for staff harassment

A building attendant who suffered from bullying and harassment at work has been awarded damages in an out of court settlement by his employer, Gateshead Council


12th June 2007

Desperate bid to trace co-workers of tragic victim of asbestos

Lawyers acting for the widow of an apprentice electrician who died a tragic and painful death from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma are desperate to trace his co-workers.


11th June 2007

Campaign to achieve justice for families affected by asbestos

A campaign to achieve justice for asbestos families in England and Wales has been backed by MPs.


8th June 2007

Claimant scores victory in football injury case

UNISON and lawyers Thompsons have secured £42,500 for a the partner of a member whose leg was broken in two places by an illegal tackle during a Sunday league football match.


5th June 2007

Cardiff man secures £15,000 compensation from Royal Mail following accident on the loading bay

Leading trade union Unite (Amicus section) has secured £15,000 in compensation from Royal Mail for a member who sustained multiple injuries and scarring following an accident on the loading bay


4th June 2007

Child care worker awarded damages after Council failed to protect staff from attack

West Sussex County Council has been forced to pay damages to a senior child care officer after failing to protect her from physical and mental injury.


4th June 2007

Unite members secure £1.2m compensation

Unite, Northern Ireland's largest Union, has secured £1.2 million for union members at Bombardier Shorts aircraft factories who continued to lose holiday pay after the firm changed the way it calculated holiday entitlement.


29th May 2007

Former electrician's mate awarded compensation after developing mesothelioma

A former electrician’s mate who worked on the UK’s first nuclear submarine has been awarded a six-figure sum in compensation


25th May 2007

Fabricator from Magna Kansei secures compensation as case settles

The damages were secured following an accident at work which left Mark Stewart with a ruptured knee ligament.


24th May 2007

Justice for families affected by Asbestos

Thompsons Solicitors has secured compensation for the family of a Lancashire man who sadly died from asbestos-related mesothelioma.


23rd May 2007

Attack on Corporate Manslaughter wrecking attempt welcomed

Lawyers for the family of Daniel Dennis, a 17-year-old who died falling through a skylight in his first week of work, have welcomed an attack by Peter Hain, Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland, on attempts to scupper the Corporate Manslaughter Bill.


18th May 2007

Scores of Northumbrian Water employees could be entitled to claim up to thousands of pounds each after a landmark High Court decision

The High Court in Newcastle demanded Northumbrian Water pay a former Hexham-based water inspector, more than £6,600 in compensation after his overtime was cut


11th May 2007

MP David Miliband has stepped in to help a former shipyard worker gain access to a compensation award

South Tyneside MP David Miliband has stepped in to help a former shipyard worker gain access to a compensation award worth thousands of pounds


9th May 2007

Increase in number of people who have died from mesothelioma

Shocking new statistics unveiled by the Health and Safety Executive show an increase in the number of people who have died from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma


8th May 2007

Desperate bid to trace co-workers of tragic victim of asbestos

Lawyers acting for the widow of an instrument technician who died a tragic and painful death from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma are desperate to trace his co-workers.


4th May 2007

Retired fitter from Humberside secures £4,000 in compensation for work-related hearing loss

Leading trade union Unite (Amicus section) has secured £4,000 in compensation for a member who suffered from noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) accumulated over many years.


3rd May 2007

Compensation from a defunct asbestos company

A North East family will finally receive compensation from a defunct asbestos company more than six years after their claim was settle


2nd May 2007

Lewisham Council employee secures £12,000 in damages following accident at work which has left him with a 'mechanical back'

A Lewisham Council employee has secured over £12,000 in damages following an accident at work which has left him with a 'mechanical back'. 


1st May 2007

East Yorkshire woman secures compensation after anniversary cruise on the Queen Mary 2 turned into disaster

A woman from East Yorkshire has secured over £3,000 compensation after an anniversary cruise on the Queen Mary 2 turned into a nightmare.


1st May 2007

Government humiliated over Legal Aid reforms

Thompsons Solicitors, which provides specialist criminal law services to trade unions and their members, welcomes the Constitutional Affairs Committee’s verdict on the proposed reforms to the Legal Aid system.


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