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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.

To view earlier press releases please go to the relevant page: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
28th April 2011

Training prison pays out damages to officer injured due to lack of coaching

A Prison officer who was allocated a new job without any training and subsequently became injured has received compensation after help from the Prison Officer's Association's (POA) legal team.


20th April 2011

Welder compensated by Corus for shin injury

A welder who has been left with a large scar on his shin after a workplace accident has received a sum in compensation after help from his trade union.


15th April 2011

Asbestos compensation victory for pleural plaques sufferers exposed North of the border

Pleural plaques sufferers who were exposed to asbestos whilst working in Scotland won a legal victory when the Scottish Inner House dismissed a challenge by insurers to the Scottish Parliament's pleural plaques legislation.


14th April 2011

Family speak out after firm fined for causing worker’s death

The family of a man who was crushed to death after a workplace accident has welcomed a crown court sentence but has said the punishment can never make up for the loss of life.


13th April 2011

Jobcentre employees receive compensation for exposure to noxious fumes

Thompsons Solicitors has secured £12,600 compensation for eight PCS members after they were exposed to a potentially lethal chemical at work.


12th April 2011

Family of North East nurse receives asbestos compensation

Christina Bolas from Ponteland in Northumberland was only 64 when she died tragically from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs, in August 2008 just over a year after she first became ill.


11th April 2011

Compensation for firefighter’s crushed foot

A retained firefighter whose foot was crushed whilst on duty has received a substantial sum in compensation.


6th April 2011

Landmark High Court ruling on protective equipment for workers

Employers should provide employees working in damp conditions for prolonged periods with protective clothing, the High Court has ruled.


31st March 2011

Landmark judgement on false arrest of teachers

In a significant decision for the teaching profession and for all workers whose careers depend on the content of their Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks, the High Court has ruled today that the police unlawfully arrested and falsely imprisoned a member of the largest teachers’ union, the NASUWT.


30th March 2011

Thompsons McClure welcomes asbestos Bill

Belfast solicitors Thompsons McClure has welcomed Northern Ireland’s Assembly’s decision to pass a Bill which recognises the concerns of those suffering from an asbestos related condition.


29th March 2011

Civil Justice Reforms will deny access to justice for thousands of injured people

The proposals announced by Justice Secretary Ken Clarke will boost insurance company profits, disenfranchise thousands of those who have a genuine personal injury claim and not save the government any money, says leading claimant law firm Thompsons


28th March 2011

Terrifying ordeal for civil servant in faulty MoD lift

A civil servant who suffered a serious knee injury when a faulty lift at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) went into free fall has received substantial compensation after help from her trade union’s solicitors


25th March 2011

Thompsons support breast cancer survivor in case against surgeon

Clinical Negligence expert Thompsons Solicitors is acting on behalf of a breast cancer survivor whose cancer returned after she was given a controversial cleavage sparing mastectomy.


24th March 2011

RAF Corporal fights MoD appeal after developing degenerative condition

An RAF Corporal who was left with a devastating degenerative neurological condition after he was exposed to dangerous toxins while working in ‘Victorian conditions’ is being forced to again defend his case for compensation this time in the Court of Appeal.


22nd March 2011

Broken elbow leads to employment fears for stitcher

A GMB member who broke his elbow after a fall at work has received £60,000 in compensation after he was left unable to do his job properly


17th March 2011

New support group for Sunderland’s asbestos victims

An asbestos support centre has opened in Sunderland to help those suffering from asbestos related diseases and their families


16th March 2011

Paraplegic injured by pothole fall

A Paraplegic who broke his hip when he was flung out of his wheelchair after it hit a pothole has received £80,000 in compensatio


15th March 2011

Kwik-Fit worker died after tyre dropped on his head

A widow whose husband died following a tragic workplace accident has received a substantial sum in compensation.


14th March 2011

Reckless driver hits pedestrian on Zebra crossing

A pedestrian hit by a car on a zebra crossing in a busy town centre has received almost £4,000 in compensation after help from Thompsons Solicitors


11th March 2011

Factory prank ends in spinal injury

A factory worker who suffered a serious spinal injury when his 22-stone colleague jumped on his back has received a substantial sum in compensation after help from Thompsons Solicitors.


10th March 2011

Luxury health spa pays damages after accident

A pensioner whose Christmas treat at luxury health spa Champneys was destroyed after she slipped and fractured her shoulder has received £10,000 in  compensation following help from Thompsons Solicitors


9th March 2011

Council pays out to gardener who used vibrating tools

A council worker whose hands have been permanently damaged after using vibrating tools at work has received £60,000 in compensation


8th March 2011

Teenager warns of dangers of uninsured bikers

A survivor of a major motorcycle crash and his family from the North East are warning motorcyclists of the consequences of not getting insured and failing to wear helmets.


4th March 2011

Road Workers face Serious Injury every day

Statistics from the Highways Agency have shown that injuries to road workers have more than doubled between 2005 and 2009


4th March 2011

The Court of Appeal has today handed down its decision in two important industrial action cases

The court has allowed the appeals by ASLEF and the RMT against the injunctions granted by the High Court to prevent industrial action at London Midland (ASLEF) and Serco Docklands (RMT).


2nd March 2011

Damages after fall into a cellar

A refuse collector who was forced to take time off work after he fell into a cellar while doing his rounds has received  £3,250 in compensation


21st February 2011

Former GMB union shop steward receives compensation after asbestos cancer diagnosis

A North East man has received a substantial sum in compensation just nine weeks after he was diagnosed with asbestos cancer.


18th February 2011

Train firm who failed to fix faulty equipment pays compensation

An Aslef trade union member who damaged his back in a workplace accident has received £3,175 in compensation after help from Thompsons Solicitors.


16th February 2011

Brain injury charity appoints Thompsons’ solicitor as Treasurer

Brain injury charity Headway, based in Chester le Street and Durham, has elected Nicky White from Thompsons Solicitors’ Serious Injuries Unit as Treasurer.


15th February 2011

Lorry owner pays out for accident caused by faulty equipment

A Gateshead man who suffers from debilitating long term damage to his hearing caused by defective work equipment has received £8,500 in compensation after help from his trade union.


14th February 2011

Port discriminated against employee with back problems

A disabled RMT member whose damaged back was aggravated after his employer refused to make adjustments to his work environment has won his case for disability discrimination.


10th February 2011

Gamekeeper saved by son receives compensation

A gamekeeper who was rescued by his son after a gas explosion has received a five figure sum in compensation after help from Thompsons Solicitors.


7th February 2011

Broken Spine in car crash leads to £21,500 in compensation

A North East man who broke his spine when he couldn’t avoid hitting a jack knifed trailer on the A1 has received £21,5000 in compensation after help from Thompsons Solicitors.


4th February 2011

Nursery worker forced to change career after accident is compensated

A nursery worker who was forced to change her career after she was badly injured in the workplace has received £7,500 in compensation.


3rd February 2011

Interactive guide - What to do following a road accident


2nd February 2011

Cyclist receives compensation after losing leg in accident

A Unite the union member who had to have his leg amputated after he was hit by a car while cycling has received £750,000 in compensation.


1st February 2011

Pedestrian scarred for life when crushed by car

A pedestrian who suffered horrific crush injuries to his face after he was hit by a car whilst crossing the road has received more than £200,000 in damages.


31st January 2011

Compensation for abused brothers 30 years after the crime

Three brothers who were abused by a trainee priest have received substantial compensation more than 30 years later.


28th January 2011

Army chef compensated for curtailed career

A talented army chef whose career in catering both in and out of the army was ruined due to being provided with inadequate equipment has received £150,000 in compensation from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).


27th January 2011

Labourer’s family’s appeal for asbestos information

The family of a Peterlee man who died suddenly from an asbestos related cancer is appealing for information about his former employment.


26th January 2011

Union asbestos campaigner helps hospice obtain compensation

The family of a North East asbestos campaigner who died from asbestos related cancer has been successful in claiming compensation on behalf of the hospice which cared for him during his final weeks


25th January 2011

Unite member gets substantial compensation for injury caused by unsafe work practices

A printers’ assistant who was left unemployed after a workplace accident has received £115,000 in compensation.


24th January 2011

Shredded arm leads to steel firm paying damages

A factory quality inspector whose arm was shredded by a circular saw has received compensation after help from his trade union.


21st January 2011

£300,000 for factory worker’s arm / hand crushed by machine

A factory worker whose hand was dragged into a machine and crushed has received £300,000 in compensation.


20th January 2011

Widow receives compensation for husband’s asbestos death

A widow has received compensation after her husband died from mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer.


18th January 2011

Expansion for leading North East and Cumbria serious injuries unit

Thompsons Solicitors has appointed former social worker Des O’Meara and solicitor Nicky White in an expansion of its specialist serious injuries unit in the North East and Cumbria.


17th January 2011

Caterpillar worker’s family receives asbestos compensation

Denis Aspin from Earl Shilton, Leicester, was 64 when he died from mesothelioma in November 2008. He left behind his wife, Diane, his daughter and four stepchildren, including his disabled stepdaughter Nicky.


14th January 2011

Cemex compensate family for fatal explosion

The family of a young factory worker who died in a workplace explosion has received a substantial sum in compensation just days before the third anniversary of his death.


13th January 2011

Lack of risk assessment caused hernia injury

A GMB member who needed surgery to correct a hernia when he was injured at work has received compensation after help from his trade union.


12th January 2011

Network Rail pays significant damages to widow of Rail Worker

The widow of a rail worker, whose husband died in April 2007 when he was struck by a fast-moving train, has been awarded a substantial sum in compensation by Network Rail.


11th January 2011

Rehabilitation should be heart of government’s civil justice review

Leading personal injury law firm Thompsons is calling on government ministers to put rehabilitation for injury victims at the heart of its review of civil justice.


11th January 2011

Damages for warehouse worker hurt in manual handling accident

A warehouse operative has received £4,500 in compensation after his employer admitted blame for an accident that left him unable to carry out every day tasks and took more than eight months to heal.


6th January 2011

Failure of Contraceptive implant, Implanon

It has recently been reported that nearly 600 women have become pregnant despite using the contraceptive device Implanon. Thompsons Solicitors have acted and are acting for women who have become pregnant whilst Implanon was apparently inserted.


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