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Thompsons Solicitors are the most experienced personal injury law firm in the UK, helping people injured by the negligence of others to make personal injury claims. We have a long history of fighting for the rights of injured people and pride ourselves on always striving to recover the maximum amount of compensation our injured clients deserve in the shortest possible time. We regularly publish news stories about our work and links to a selection of these can be found below. You can reach our press office by calling 0207 290 0000

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29th August 2014

Dermatitis sufferer secures compensation from employer with the help of Unite Legal Services

A Unite the Union member has secured £10,000 in compensation for the occupational dermatitis he contracted from working in an aircraft parts fabrication factory.

28th August 2014

Unite the Union member compensated following bicycle accident

A Unite the Union member has been awarded compensation after a cycling accident involving a faulty bike from Halfords.

20th August 2014

Compensation secured for UNISON member who needed knee replacement surgery after fall at work

Thompsons Solicitors and UNISON have secured more than £20,000 of damages for a 50-year-old man whose life was changed after being seriously injured at work.

13th August 2014

Car insurers’ half year results – delight for shareholders, no joy for motorists

Leading car insurer Admiral has today reported another sharp rise in profits and plans for a big dividend pay out to shareholders – but no cut in premiums for motorists.

12th August 2014

Injured veterans face long compensation delays

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has admitted that armed forces veterans are facing serious delays in claiming compensation as a result of rising case numbers and fewer staff to process claims.

11th August 2014

Prison officer receives compensation after violent assault by inmate

A senior prison officer whose career was ended after sustaining serious physical and mental injuries in a violent assault by an inmate has secured compensation with the help of his union, the POA, and Thompsons Solicitors.

8th August 2014

Thompsons Solicitors works with UNISON to uphold workers’ freedom of speech during Commonwealth Games

Thompsons Solicitors has been working with colleagues in UNISON to defend the right of members working on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to participate in legitimate protest against the City Council.

4th August 2014

Substantial compensation secured for mesothelioma victim with the help of Unite the Union

A man who is suffering from mesothelioma, an incurable form of cancer, because he was exposed to asbestos whilst working as an electrician, has secured substantial damages with the help of his union, Unite.

1st August 2014

Snooping insurers penalise motorists for innocent mistakes and omissions

Snooping car insurers are using innocent omissions and mistakes in information provided by motorists to deny claims or increase premiums, according to new evidence.

1st August 2014

Thompsons condemns latest AVIVA proposals to avoid paying proper compensation

The car insurers' campaign to avoid paying proper personal injury compensation has moved up a gear with new proposals to deprive thousands of accident victims of any choice in their medical care or the right to legal representation.

1st August 2014

Justice Committee call for further review of mesothelioma claims in response to evidence from Thompsons Solicitors

Leading industrial disease law firm, Thompsons Solicitors, welcomes the conclusions of the Justice Select Committee which lambasts the government's handling of a review affecting victims of asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma.

30th July 2014

Government spending cuts compromise rail safety

Railway workers are concerned about rail safety due to a lack of adequate government funding for Network Rail, according to a report published by the TUC's Action for Rail campaign.

25th July 2014

Ministry of Defence employee compensated after slip at work

Injury caused by health and safety failure leads to surgery for PCS member

25th July 2014

Mother secures compensation for chemical burns caused by defective fake blood

A mother who suffered chemical burns whilst applying defective fake blood as part of a fancy dress costume has secured compensation with the help of Thompsons Solicitors.

22nd July 2014

Paltry Peugeot offer of £4,100 for accident caused by car’s defect is increased to £35,000 after Thompsons Solicitors’ investigation

Paula Shaw was driving home from work in her Peugeot 307cc when the 'pretensioner' in her seatbelt suddenly malfunctioned. Her car came to a sudden stop and Paula was left with a neck injury, jarring to her hand, wrist and shoulder, as well as a whiplash injury to her spine.

14th July 2014

New service to provide additional support and protection for seriously injured clients

Thompsons Solicitors has launched a new Court of Protection and Deputyship service to provide clients with support and advice throughout the complex process of applying for Deputyship.

9th July 2014

Overdue, incomplete and likely to be ineffective

The new Small Business, Enterprise & Employment Bill, which has just been introduced to parliament, casts further doubt on the government's conviction to really address zero hours contracts (ZHC). The latest changes are merely tinkerings that will allow abusive employers to continue to shrug basic employment responsibilities and inflate their profits on the back of their poorly paid and insecure workers.

9th July 2014

British Rail worker with mesothelioma secures substantial damages

British Rail has paid compensation to a former employee with terminal cancer mesothelioma caused by failing to protect him from asbestos exposure.

8th July 2014

Urban Climbing Wall pays out £10,000 after girl falls 24ft

A mobile climbing wall company has paid £10,000 in compensation after being found to have improperly supervised a minor who fractured her leg after falling without a safety rope.

8th July 2014

Crush victim cleared of blame for tragic accident caused by faulty work equipment

A Unite the Union member, accused by his own employers for the tragic death of a colleague in a workplace accident, has been cleared of all blame with the help of Unite Legal Services.

4th July 2014

Families of mesothelioma victims call for action in wake of six deaths a day

On Action Mesothelioma Day, marked on 4 July, leading industrial disease law firm Thompsons Solicitors is campaigning alongside families affected to remind policy makers that the worst is yet to come.

4th July 2014

MPs lifting lid on "highly dysfunctional" car insurance market should be the start of proper scrutiny, says Thompsons Solicitors

Motor insurance is a "highly dysfunctional" market where profit is pursued at the expense of consumers. That was the conclusion of a Report published today by a cross-party group of MPs, who also challenged the government on their unquestioning use of the insurance industry's unsupported data on fraudulent claims to make key policy decisions.

3rd July 2014

Action Mesothelioma Day

On Action Mesothelioma Day approaches (04 July 2014), we remember the thousands of people who have lost their lives to the asbestos related cancer.

1st July 2014

Former plumber secures compensation for asbestos disease

John Cosgrove, 78, was exposed to asbestos during the course of his employment at two separate firms between 1967 and 1974.

27th June 2014

ITV pays out after injury on This Morning set

A man from Romford has received £10,000 in compensation after ITV failed to make safe the studio from which This Morning is broadcast.

27th June 2014

Family compensated after man dies of crush injury at Grosmont Station

The family of a man who was crushed to death between two rail coaches has secured significant compensation with the backing of Thompsons Solicitors.

26th June 2014

Zero-hours contracts to give workers greater choice, but will not be scrapped

Business Secretary announces plans to ban zero-hours exclusivity clauses

25th June 2014

Thompsons Solicitors secures justice for brain injury survivor

Thompsons Solicitors has secured £1.3 million in compensation for a man who suffered a severe brain injury after a car crash.

20th June 2014

Thompsons Solicitors challenges AVIVA to come clean on fraud statistics

Insurance firm AVIVA this week released figures which it claimed pointed to a 51% rise in fraudulent road traffic claims in the UK since 2013 as a result of 'crash for cash' gangs.

20th June 2014

Gleision decision reflects a failure of the law, says Thompsons Solicitors

Yesterday, the mine manager and mine owner of the Gleision Mine in the Swansea Valley were found not guilty of manslaughter at Swansea Crown Court despite it being the site of Wales' worst mining disaster for three decades, which saw the death of four men.

17th June 2014

Unite the Union member receives damages after workplace fall leaves him with fractured ribs

Justice secured after employer ignored safety responsibilities

17th June 2014

First Group forced to pay out after faulty chair injures driver

A bus driver from Leicester has secured compensation from his employers First Group after an accident at work.

13th June 2014

Government ‘behind closed doors’ deal with insurers comes to light

A 'behind closed doors' deal struck between the Government and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) to agree legal reforms for the benefit insurers has been brought to light. Incredibly the deal saw the government acquiesce to the multimillion pound insurance industry by deciding to impose legal costs on mesothelioma sufferers.

12th June 2014

Leading law firm slams Thomson Airways Limited for under offering to passengers left stranded for over 19 hours

Thompsons Solicitors, a leading UK law firm, intends to launch group action against Thomson Airways Limited after the airline sought to evade the Denied Boarding Regulations and offered passengers just £10 rather than up to £500 to compensate them for a 19 hour delay in a flight returning from Cancun to Manchester Airport.

10th June 2014

Government’s fixation on fraud will only limit justice for genuine claimants

The announcement that legislation will be introduced to require the courts to dismiss in its entirety any personal injury claim where it is satisfied that the claimant has been dishonest is yet another attempt by the government to ramp up the myth of a fraud problem.

9th June 2014

It's less ‘Heroism’ and more 'Here We Go Again' with the government’s latest attack on health and safety being dressed up as something else

As part of this year's Queen's Speech, the government officially launched its latest populist pet-project, the so-called 'Heroism Bill'. This is the government's most recent sortie in its long-running assault on the laws that keep workers safe and hold negligent employers to account.

9th June 2014

HGV driver seriously injured at work secures significant damages with the help of Unite Legal Services

An HGV driver has secured a significant sum of compensation following an accident at work which left him with serious injuries to his neck and right shoulder.

2nd June 2014

Thompsons Solicitors discovers 50 more affected patients as North Staffordshire hospital fails to alert people to Bainton concerns

Thompsons Solicitors, who now represent over 50 ex-patients of suspended surgeon Mr Roger Bainton, has cause to believe that many more people may not have come forward due to breakdowns of communication at the Trust.

30th May 2014

Leading law firm challenges ABI to come clean on how it calculates fraud statistics

Thompsons Solicitors is calling on the Associations of British Insurers (ABI) to clarify their stance on alleged insurance fraud following a series of inconsistent, misleading and unsupported arguments about levels of fraud in the UK.

27th May 2014

Full scope of failings in fatal road traffic policing at Avon & Somerset Police revealed on third anniversary of road death

The family of a man who was killed in a road traffic accident in Bristol has marked the third anniversary of his death (25.05.14) by releasing a series of unseen documents that shed new light on the catalogue of errors made by Avon & Somerset Police which led to a failed prosecution into the cause of his death.

23rd May 2014

Unite the Union challenges HMRC bureaucracy and benefits families of thousands of industrial disease victims

Unite's legal services yesterday (21 May), won a Judicial Review against HMRC which means that, when requested to do so a by a Coroner, HMRC has to produce to the work history of a person suspected to have died from industrial disease. The Administrative Court described HMRC's grounds for objecting to the Coroner's request as a "rubber stamping exercise" that places "an unwarranted burden on the High Court".

23rd May 2014

Family of 19 year old killed at Tyne Slipway and Engineering Co Ltd hope lessons have been learned after verdict of accidental death is announced

The family of a 19 year old man from South Shields who was crushed to death at work have heard today (23 May 2014) that a jury at an inquest at Sunderland Coroners Court followed the Coroner's direction and recorded a verdict of accidental death.

21st May 2014

UNISON member compensated after unprovoked violent attack

A former nursing assistant has been awarded more than £13,000 in compensation after a workplace assault which ended his career.

20th May 2014

Direct Line shareholders hit the jackpot after 33% rise in car insurance profits

The shareholders of UK's largest car insurer are set to hit the jackpot today (Tuesday, 20 May) as Direct Line distributes a record £185m final dividend, bringing its total pay-out for 2013 to £309m.

16th May 2014

Gynaecologist scrutinised to protect patients' safety

A gynaecologist, who made a series of errors while operating on women at hospitals in the north-east of England, is currently under the watch of the General Medical Council (GMC), following a Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service panel review.

16th May 2014

Thompsons to hold open day for patients of gynaecologist, Benjamin Ononeze

Thompsons Solicitors will hold two free open days for anyone concerned about the treatment they may have received from gynaecology and obstetrics consultant, Benjamin Ononeze.

14th May 2014

Turkish coal mine explosion a timely reminder that health and safety isn’t red tape

A leading law firm has warned that the disastrous explosion in a Turkish coal mine, killing more than 200 miners, should serve as a stark reminder of how crucial health and safety regulations are to the safety of mine workers and all workers.

8th May 2014

Life after brain injury – Adam McQuillan

The family of a ten year old boy who suffered a traumatic brain injury are celebrating his return to his old primary school as part of his long journey to recovery.

7th May 2014

Jobseekers to risk losing benefits if they reject zero-hours contracts

Unemployed people who refuse to work under zero-hours contracts could face losing their benefits, the government has announced.

6th May 2014

Government closes the line for railway suicide compensation to train drivers but the trauma continues

One of the last train drivers to receive damages from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (The CICA), following an act of suicide on the railways, has spoken out on the need for better protection for workers.

2nd May 2014

Number of people on zero-hours contracts reaches 1.4m

The number of workers on zero-hours contracts in the UK has reached 1.4 million, according to official estimates by the Office for National Statistics, leading to renewed calls for the government to provide safeguards for those without guaranteed hours or pay.

2nd May 2014

Thompsons to hold open day for patients of surgeon, Roger Bainton

Thompsons Solicitors will hold a second, free open day for concerned patients in Stoke following the suspension of facial surgeon, Roger Bainton, at a North Staffordshire Hospital.

1st May 2014

May Day reminds us the fight is not over for workers’ rights

May Day may have associations with dancing around the maypole in the UK but May 1st is also International Workers' Day, a celebration of workers' rights, where trade unionists come together to show solidarity with working people.

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