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News Desk September to December 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.
29th December 2006

High Court orders Crown Prosecution Service to review workplace death decision

The High Court has ordered the Crown Prosecution Service to review its decision not to bring corporate manslaughter charges against the employer of a teenager killed in his first week at work.


22nd December 2006

Earlier this month the Government finally revealed the date when the smoking ban in England is due to begin

England will be the last country in the United Kingdom to implement a smoking ban as bans are already in force in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland, and smoking bans are due to begin in Wales and Northern Ireland on 2nd April 2007.


21st December 2006

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) has dismissed an appeal on mesothelioma drug Alimta

Nice released its decision on Alimta on Tuesday 19 December 2006, just a week after it said it would not announce its position on the drug until the New Year.


15th December 2006

British Rail forced to pay compensation as two former employees die from asbestos cancer mesothelioma

Trade unions, asbestos support groups and their lawyers are predicting an increase in the number of retired railway workers killed or made ill from asbestos exposure at former British Rail depots.


15th December 2006

Discharged Army soldier wins damages for surgical error

A former soldier who suffered a career-ending injury during surgery has been awarded £190,000 compensation for the injury, loss of earnings and earnings capacity, and loss of pension, after being discharged from the Army.


15th December 2006

Condor Ferries is sued for £140,000 following accident on the night ferry

Condor Ferries has been successfully sued for £140,000 following an accident which took place on a night ferry and led to the victim being medically retired.


13th December 2006

Insurance industry report on legal representaion is unreliable and meaningless

A report by the Association of British Insurers and Frontier Economics, which claims to show that injured people without legal representation get more compensation than those who use a lawyer, is "unreliable and meaningless" according to analysis commissioned by Thompsons Solicitors.

The report has been used by the ABI to justify its view that claims worth less than £25,000 need not involve lawyers. But in an article in Consumer Policy Review, the discussion journal of Which?, Thompsons' head of policy Tom Jones says that the report lacks like-for-like comparison of claims and that important variables were ignored.

In the article, published today, Jones calls for legal reforms that remove "those who do not know what they are doing on both sides of personal injury litigation", rather than deny injured people the right to high quality, expert legal representation.


12th December 2006

Janet Allan from Thompsons Solicitors has been appointed to the Law Society's Clinical Negligence Panel

Thompsons Solicitors, has strengthened its clinical negligence team in the North East after partner Janet Allan was appointed to the Law Society clinical negligence panel.


7th December 2006

Mother of scarred baby says hospital chose wrong method of delivery

The mother of a baby who suffered lacerations to her head during birth is fighting to claim compensation for clinical negligence from Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester.


29th November 2006

End insurer windfall in mesothelioma claims

Insurers should repay to the State the money insurers deduct from mesothelioma victims' compensation payments, says leading claimant law firm Thompsons.


29th November 2006

Latex allergy nurse wins compensation for substantial loss of earnings

A former neo natal nurse whose career was ended by a latex allergy caused by negligent exposure by her employer has received substantial compensation.


29th November 2006

Cadbury is sued following former employee’s death from asbestos cancer mesothelioma

Cadbury Limited has been successfully sued following the death of a former Bristol employee from the deadly asbestos cancer mesothelioma.


28th November 2006

Teeside asbestos widow has been awarded full compensation for her husband's death

The Royal Courts of Justice ruled Mrs Cater should be awarded more than £103,000 in compensation after Ronald died of mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos in his workplace.


28th November 2006

UNISON member from Kent secures compensation following Road Traffic Accident

Leading trade union UNISON has secured compensation for a member from Welling, Kent. The compensation was secured by UNISON’s free legal help scheme via personal injury specialists Thompsons Solicitors.


27th November 2006

Family to challenge CPS manslaughter decision in High Court

A family from Bridgend in Wales is set to challenge a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) not to bring manslaughter charges against the employer of teenager Daniel Dennis who fell to his death within a week of starting work.


23rd November 2006

James Bond filmset at heart of asbestos compensation case

Family of Feltham man who died of asbestos cancer to claim for £150,000 compensation


21st November 2006

Woman from Wirral secures compensation following Road Traffic Accident on the M53

Awoman from Wirral has secured compensation following a road traffic accident which took place on the M53 motorway.


20th November 2006

Ford and the MoD forced to pay compensation as former London plumber dies from asbestos cancer mesothelioma

Lawyers acting for a man from Eltham, London, who worked as a plumber for Ford and the Ministry of Defence and died of the asbestos cancer mesothelioma, have secured over £50,000 in compensation.


17th November 2006

Widow in desperate attempt to track down witnesses who worked at Brush following husband’s death from mesothelioma

Lawyers acting for the widow of a former fitter at Brush in Loughborough are in a desperate attempt to trace his former co-workers following his tragic death from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma in April 2005.


14th November 2006

Solihull man who was taken ill after exposure to toxic fumes at work secures compensation

A man from Solihull who was taken ill after being exposed to toxic fumes at work is to receive £1,200 compensation.


13th November 2006

Union member from Devon secures £4,000 in compensation following accident at zebra crossing

A union member from Devon has secured £4,000 in compensation following an accident at a zebra crossing.


13th November 2006

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

Lawyers acting for a lorry driver from Stratford who died a tragic and painful death from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma are working alongside his widow in a desperate attempt to trace the insurers and secure the compensation the family deserves.


10th November 2006

Insurers make widow wait as they squabble over payouts

A Liverpool widow who watched her hard-working husband die a tragic and painful death after being negligently exposed to asbestos is now suffering at the hands of two insurance companies as they squabble over how much compensation each should pay.


9th November 2006

Ford to pay over £100,000 compensation to former employee now dying from asbestos cancer

Lawyers acting for a man who worked for Ford Motor Company for over three decades and is now dying from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma have secured over £100,000 compensation.


8th November 2006

Deadly asbestos cancer finds new younger victims

A 45 year old woman is dying from mesothelioma following exposure to her grandfather’s work clothing


6th November 2006

Amicus secures £100,000 compensation for Lincoln member whose finger was amputated following horrific accident at work

Leading trade union Amicus has secured £100,000 in compensation from Langley Holdings Plc for a Lincoln member who suffered a serious injury to his left hand including the loss of his left middle finger in an horrific accident at work.


3rd November 2006

GMB member secures £90,000 compensation following accident at work

GMB Northern has secured £90,000 compensation for a member who suffered terrible injuries in a fall at work caused by dangerously uneven flooring. The claim was pursued by GMB solicitors Thompsons.


2nd November 2006

Hairdressers could be entitled to claim compensation if they develop dermatitis

This follows the health inspectors’ announcement that nearly half of Britain's hairdressers are suffering from a debilitating and career-threatening skin disease brought about by the chemicals used in their trade.


31st October 2006

Government acts with “compassion” on asbestos victims

Asbestos sufferers and their lawyers have welcomed the government’s announcement that it will not be reclaiming compensation from Turner and Newall claimants.


31st October 2006

UNISON member from Swansea secures nearly £2,000 in compensation following road traffic accident

The Highways Maintenance Officer from Swansea secured the compensation with the support of Unison’s free legal assistance scheme with Frizzell and union lawyers Thompsons Solicitors.


30th October 2006

Law Lords send holiday entitlement case to Europe

The House of Lords has today (30 October) referred the case of Ainsworth v Commissioners of the Inland Revenue to the European Court of Justice.


24th October 2006

Amicus secures £20,000 compensation for member from Porthcawl

Leading trade union Amicus has secured £20,000 compensation from GE Engine Aircraft Services for a member from Porthcawl who is now suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) as a result of exposure to vibrating tools.


20th October 2006

Debate over whether asbestos bill should be paid in full

Concerns over a £70m bill being paid to the administrators and their lawyers who negotiated a compensation deal for asbestos victims have been raised in Parliament.


20th October 2006

Use Corporate Probation to punish companies that kill, law firm says

Corporate Probation is the most effective way to punish a company convicted of Corporate Manslaughter, leading trade union law firm Thompsons has said.


19th October 2006

Thompsons offers funding for clinical negligence claims

In a move to provide medical negligence claimants with easier access to justice, Thompsons Solicitors has introduced a new funding aspect to its Clinical Negligence Service.


19th October 2006

Carter legal aid review is missed opportunity

The Carter Review of legal aid procurement has missed an important opportunity to modernise the procurement of legal aid, specialist criminal defence firm Thompsons has told the Government.


18th October 2006

Leading personal injury law firm Thompsons Solicitors has called on the government to retain the requirement on defendants to pay money into court when they make an offer to settle compensation claims.

The firm has warned that no organisation, not even public sector ones, should be assumed to be "good for the money" and should be made to "put their money where their mouth is".


17th October 2006

Asbestos victims and their families lobby Parliament for funding of Alimta for mesothelioma treatment

Asbestos victims and their families – including many GMB members – will lobby Parliament today for funding of the drug Alimta for the treatment of mesothelioma.


16th October 2006

Appeal to the Law Lords to reinstate compensation for pleural plaques sufferers

An appeal to the Law Lords to reinstate compensation for sufferers of asbestos related condition pleural plaques has been set for summer 2007.


13th October 2006

Thompsons Solicitors has called for admissions of liability made by defendants in personal injury cases to be binding.

Responding to the government's consultation exercise on pre-action admissions, the leading personal injury law firm said: "Defendants are currently making applications to court to withdraw admissions and these are being granted. This makes a mockery of the intention of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) to speed up cases and not bog the courts down dealing with unnecessary and unjustifiable applications."


12th October 2006

Former Yorkshire Water employee and GMB member secures £30,000 following asbestos exposure

A former Yorkshire Water employee and GMB member has secured £30,000 in compensation following asbestos exposure.


12th October 2006

MPs show support for continued access to life extending cancer drug

Members of Parliament from across the UK have shown support for a campaign by North East MP Fraser Kemp for continued access to a life-extending cancer drug for mesothelioma sufferers.


11th October 2006

Five year freeze on asbestos compensation lifted

A five year freeze on thousands of compensation claims for asbestos victims throughout the UK has been lifted today (11 October 2006).


6th October 2006

Compensation Act helps North West widow secure full compensation following husband’s death from mesothelioma

The widow of a Cheshire man who died of the asbestos cancer mesothelioma has expressed her gratitude to those who fought so hard to persuade the Government to amend the Compensation Bill which reversed the effect of the House of Lords ruling in the asbestos compensation appeal case of Barker.


5th October 2006

Lawyers call on UK government to end military aid to Colombia

Labour and human rights lawyers, recently returned from Colombia on a fact-finding mission, have criticised the British government for providing military aid to the Uribe regime but not humanitarian aid to civil society.


2nd October 2006

Age Discrimination

Thompsons Solicitors have published a new Guide about Age Discrimination Regulations


29th September 2006

Law firm raises concerns over asbestos admin and legal fees

Thompsons Solicitors has raised concerns over a £70m bill being paid to the administrators and their lawyers in connection with a compensation deal for asbestos victims across Great Britain.


28th September 2006

Funds raised for research into Mesothelioma

A woman has raised more than £2,000 for research into a devastating disease, which killed her dad.


22nd September 2006

Man from Port Talbot secures compensation after fall at work which resulted in brain injury

Leading trade union Amicus has secured substantial compensation for a member from Port Talbot. The compensation is for a workplace injury which was incurred by member Richard Howells, and was secured by Amicus’ free legal help scheme via personal injury specialists Thompsons Solicitors.


20th September 2006

Disabled factory worker discriminated against

A factory worker who was left disabled after working night shifts, was discriminated against by his employers, a tribunal has found.


20th September 2006

Derbyshire widow in desperate attempt to track insurers of local factory following husband’s death from asbestos

Lawyers acting for the widow of a former joiner in Burton are in a desperate attempt to trace his former co-workers following his tragic death from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma.


20th September 2006

Insurers of local Foundry sought by Asbestos Victim

Lawyers acting for a former toolmaker in Surrey who is now suffering from a work induced asbestos condition are in a desperate attempt to trace his former co-workers.


18th September 2006

Passive Smoking Register

Bar, casino and nightclub workers are being urged to protect their future by signing up to a Passive Smoking Register.


15th September 2006

New senior management structure for Thompsons

Thompsons Solicitors, the leading trade union and personal injury law firm, has announced changes to its senior management structure, including the creation of the new post of Executive Chair and a new Chief Executive Officer.


14th September 2006

Thompsons supports MRSA charity

As campaigners of MRSA Action UK prepare to lay floral tributes at Westminster Abbey this evening as a mark of respect for the victims of superbugs such as MRSA, leading claimant personal injury firm, Thompsons Solicitors, is lending its voice to the newly formed charity.


12th September 2006

Fair compensation for asbestos victims

Medway Trades Council has teamed up with union solicitors Thompsons and law firm Rowley Ashworth to step up the fight for compensation for all mesothelioma sufferers.


11th September 2006

Union member secures compensation following accident on the film set for Phantom of the Opera

BECTU member Kevin Butler is to receive compensation following an accident on the film set for the Phantom of the Opera.


8th September 2006

Turner & Newall claimants vote for asbestos scheme

It has been confirmed that asbestos victims have voted to accept the asbestos scheme proposed by the administrators of Turner and Newall.


5th September 2006

Asbestos victims in final wait for compensation outcome

The votes of thousands of asbestos victims across the country will be counted on 7 September, to decide the fate of their long awaited compensation claims.


5th September 2006

Holywell man wins compensation for workplace injury from Arquest Ltd

Leading trade union Amicus has secured over £4,000 compensation for a member from Holywell, from Arquest Ltd – a manufacturer of Hygiene & Disposable Products.


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