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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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24th April 2014

UNISON member compensated after employers fail to protect staff in extreme weather

An employee of a sheltered housing scheme has been awarded £50,000 in compensation after being left with a permanent problems with her balance and forced to retire early after being knocked unconscious when she slipped on an icy and ungritted pavement.


24th April 2014

Leading law firm urges North Staffordshire hospital to name suspended surgeon and lay patient fears to rest

The clinical negligence team at Thompsons Solicitors, which has offices in Stoke and Birmingham, is calling on management at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) to make public the name of a suspended surgeon to allay fears amongst all patients that they may have received negligent treatment.


16th April 2014

Former electrician secures compensation for noise-induced deafness

Employers failed to provide appropriate protection against noisy working environments


15th April 2014

Family compensated after clinical negligence at Northampton General leads to patient death

The husband of a woman who died from organ failure after what should have been a routine gall bladder operation has secured damages with the help of Thompsons Solicitors.


14th April 2014

Widow‘s appeal to husband’s former workmates for information about asbestos death

The family of a retired electrician who died in October 2012 following exposure to asbestos is launching an appeal to contact his former workmates.


9th April 2014

Victim of careless driving receives compensation with the help of Unite Legal Services

A member of Unite the Union has received compensation following a road traffic accident in which he suffered a head injury and a broken knee.


9th April 2014

Will Admiral share its billion pound bonanza with motorists?

Admiral shareholders gathering in Cardiff this afternoon should spare a thought for motorists struggling to pay ever-higher premiums when they vote on a record £273m dividend pay-out.


7th April 2014

Rail unions launch legal action on reprivatisation plans

Three major trade unions seek judicial review on East Coast privatisation plans


4th April 2014

Patient given 13 unnecessary colonoscopies by Ian Paterson encourages other patients to come forward

A patient who underwent 14 colonoscopies in seven years – 13 of which were unnecessary – is speaking out for the first time to encourage other patients who may have been treated by Ian Paterson to come forward.


3rd April 2014

Heavy lifting leads to hernia for GMB member

A GMB member has been awarded compensation from his employer after sustaining a hernia when he had to move a heavy metal bench 100 feet from one side of the warehouse he worked at to the other.


21st March 2014

School kitchen worker compensated for shoulder injury

A kitchen worker at Pengar School in Llanelli, who was left in agony after continually lifting sacks of potatoes onto a trolley, has secured compensation with the help of UNISON.


20th March 2014

Injured automotive assessor forced to retire after fall at work

An automotive assessor employed by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council who was injured by a colleague's mistake has secured £10,000 in compensation.


19th March 2014

POA Rally on Parliament

Today the Prison Officers' Association (POA) will launch a campaign to defend the Prison Service from destructive budget cuts and policy changes which are being forced through by senior management responding to politicians' demands to the detriment of both prison officers and inmates across the UK.


19th March 2014

Leading law firm welcome MPs’ call to ‘blacklist the blacklisters’

Leading trade union lawyers, Thompsons Solicitors, have welcomed the conclusions of the Scottish Affairs Committee's second interim report on blacklisting in employment as a another important step forward in the fight against blacklisting.


17th March 2014

Government consultation on zero hours contracts ends

As the government consultation period on zero hours contracts comes to an end, it is clear the government has no plan to bring an end to the abuses of zero hours contracts.


14th March 2014

Leading law firm slams Government’s ‘sham consultation’ on zero hours contracts

Thompsons Solicitors yesterday submitted its response to the government consultation on zero hours contracts.


14th March 2014

Support worker’s career ended after manual handling accident

Community care assistant receives compensation after she injured her back at work


11th March 2014

A tribute to Bob Crow

Thompsons was honoured to work with Bob Crow over a number of years. Bob's approach to the issues that affected his members was always hands on, he led from the front in all the cases we fought together for the RMT and its members.


10th March 2014

Commemorating 30 years since the miners’ strike

Stephen Cavalier, chief executive of Thompsons Solicitors, looks back at the '84 – '85 miners' strike


7th March 2014

International Women’s Day: Be Seen, Be Heard.

As International Women's Day approaches (8 March), Thompsons Solicitors is preparing to march, once again, with union sisters to stand up for women's rights and inspire further change.


7th March 2014

Government’s Response to the further consultation on Criminal Legal Aid

In following through on its threat to drastically cut legal aid fees, the government has severely – and knowingly – undermined access to justice for millions of working people.


7th March 2014

Protest to save legal aid

Thompsons criminal lawyers and staff will today be joining thousands of barristers and solicitors across the country in a second one day protest as part of a national campaign to try and halt proposed cuts to legal aid and stand up for the rights of innocent people who will be affected by these savage cuts.


6th March 2014

Tata Steel pays £235,000 to injured employee

A Tata Steel employee has secured £235,000 in compensation after a serious accident at work which almost cost him his leg.


5th March 2014

Report lays bare serious breaches at Spire Healthcare hospitals

Private healthcare provider Spire has this week (04 March 2014) published a review into how it allowed rogue breast surgeon Mr Ian Paterson to continue to perform unnecessary operations on hundreds of patients unchecked since 1993.


5th March 2014

Admiral takes a break from crisis as usual…

Thompsons' reaction to Admiral profits


5th March 2014

A fall on ice leaves quarry worker disabled

Former quarry driver awarded significant compensation after an accident at work left him partially disabled.


5th March 2014

Family appeal for information from workers at Russell Hobbs factory to help explain asbestos death

The family of a former domestic appliance assembler who died in December 2012 following exposure to asbestos are launching an urgent appeal to trace her former co-workers.


4th March 2014

Admiral and AVIVA set to continue profits bonanza as Government fails to act to protect motorists

The 2013 results announcements by Admiral tomorrow (Wednesday 5 March) and AVIVA on Thursday are expected to confirm the ongoing profits bonanza being enjoyed by the big car insurers, says leading law firm Thompsons Solicitors.


4th March 2014

Family of deceased engineer receive compensation following asbestos exposure

The family of a former engineer who died of mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos at a chemicals plant has received compensation with the help of Thompsons Solicitors.


3rd March 2014

Family appeals for former workers at Brightside Heating and Engineering Co Ltd to help explain asbestos death

The family of a former engineer who died in October 2012 following exposure to asbestos is launching an urgent appeal to trace his former co-workers.


27th February 2014

Family left devastated and confused as Judge rules speeding lorry driver ‘not guilty’

The parents of a 27 year old man who was killed by a speeding lorry in Bristol have paid tribute to their 'beautiful son' but condemned the system that failed him after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) failed to convince a judge that there was a case to answer against the driver.


26th February 2014

NHS data-sharing scheme delayed

Plans to rollout a new NHS data-sharing scheme in England have been delayed by six months.


21st February 2014

Court of Appeal rules in favour of injured prison employee in ‘landmark’ case

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a Swansea Prison employee who was seriously injured when an inmate dropped a 25kg bag of rice on her can claim damages from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), in what has been described as a 'landmark' judgment for the safety and protection of prison employees in the UK.


19th February 2014

Civil enforcement officer falls victim to dangerous driving

A civil enforcement officer from Leeds has received compensation after she was hit by a car while on duty.


13th February 2014

Unite the Union member victim of claims management ‘cowboys’

Unite Legal Services step in when high street law firms failed


11th February 2014

Welder compensated more than half a million pounds after career-ending accident at work

A former welder from Manchester has received over £500,000 in compensation after an accident at work left him with a severe facial fracture and ended his career.


7th February 2014

Time limit lifted for Mr Jones’ victims

Women who suspect they may have been ill-treated by Cornwall gynaecologist, Mr Rob K Jones, can now seek legal help if they were treated anytime between 1992 and 2012.


5th February 2014

POA calls on CPS to prosecute all assaults following Birmingham Crown Court decision on violent inmate

An inmate at HMP Birmingham, who injured five prison officers in two vicious and apparently planned attacks, has been convicted of two counts of Actual Bodily Harm and two counts of wounding with intent by Birmingham Crown Court.


5th February 2014

Law firm stands by its call for AXA to come clean on its profits

Thompsons Solicitors has reiterated its challenge to AXA to 'come clean' on its profits from the UK car insurance market after being accused by the French financial giant of making 'ludicrous' claims.

AXA has issued a statement saying it complies 'fully' with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), but Thompsons believes the company is avoiding the issues it has raised in a report published last Friday.

"What is ludicrous about asking to be told how much money AXA make out of UK motorists?" asked Tom Jones, head of policy at Thompsons.

"AXA financial statements do not report profits for UK car insurance separately. We are simply arguing that the company should be transparent about how lucrative this captive market is for them."

Under IFRS 8, a company has an absolute requirement to report separate trading figures for an operating segment if it contributes 10% or more to its overall profit.

In addition, even if it does not meet this 'quantitative threshold', IFRS 8 says a company should publish the figures if they would be 'useful to users of the financial statements'(8.5) or are of 'continuing significance' (8.8).

Tom Jones added: "If the company does not publish the figures because they do not contribute 10% or more of its group profits, it should say so categorically.

"But, even if that is the case, there is still a requirement under IFRS to publish the figures separately because they would undoubtedly be useful and significant given AXA's endless complaints about 'compensation culture' and 'whiplash fraud' and demands for Government measures to restrict access to proper justice.

"There needs to be a fair and transparent system for ensuring that all providers of what is a legally-required purchase are accountable and meet minimum standards."


4th February 2014

Unite Legal Services wins compensation for cyclist hit by car

A Unite member from Essex has been compensated after he was knocked off his bike, sustaining a fracture to his left wrist that needed three operations.


4th February 2014

Chromalloy pays compensation to victim of chemical burn

An employee of Chromalloy in Nottingham has received £225,000 in compensation after a chemical explosion left him with permanent scarring to his neck and hand, as well as reduced dexterity.


31st January 2014

Ford pays damages after fuelling industrial disease

A former tool maker has been awarded £33,000 in compensation after he developed occupational asthma from almost two decades of exposure to metalwork fluid mist at a Ford plant in Dagenham.


31st January 2014

AVIVA and AXA should ‘come clean’ on their car insurance profits, says Thompsons Solicitors

The failure of two of the big four car insurers to divulge separate trading figures for motor insurance sales in the UK appears to be a clear breach of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), according to a new report published today by Thompsons Solicitors.


30th January 2014

Brain Injury Survivors unveil Birmingham Art Exhibition

Today the West Midlands Acquired Brain Injury Forum (WeMABIF) launches its own art exhibition in St. Martin's Church in Birmingham, showcasing thought-provoking artworks created by brain injury survivors from across the Midlands.


24th January 2014

College lecturer compensated for classroom injury

Neil Brindley, a college lecturer from Romford, has received compensation after he sustained hip injuries following an accident in his classroom.


24th January 2014

GCHQ union ban anniversary a timely reminder of Tory contempt for workers’ rights

Union movement remembers attack on freedom of association


23rd January 2014

Retired ship engineer compensated for asbestosis

A retired ship engineer exposed to asbestos in the 1950s and 60s has secured £40,000 in compensation with the help of Thompsons Solicitors.


23rd January 2014

Thompsons calls for ‘transparency and accountability’ in captive market for car insurance

The warning today from AA Insurance that motor insurance premiums could 'bounce sharply up again' this year shows just how little control the government really has over its friends and Party funders in the insurance industry, says Thompsons Solicitors.


21st January 2014

Patients’ medical records for sale?

Medical history of all of England to be digitised and shared with organisations outside the NHS


16th January 2014

Union members’ privacy remains threatened by Trade Union Administration Bill

The privacy of seven million trade union members remains under threat as key amendments to the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill (TU Admin Bill) tabled by a Labour peer were rejected on Monday (13 January).


15th January 2014

Exciting new project for brain injury survivors

Monday saw the launch of the Phoenix Project, an exciting new rehabilitation scheme that provides facilities for traumatic and acquired brain injury (TBI/ ABI) survivors to train and help prepare them for return to employment.


10th January 2014

Prison officer compensated after career-ending injury

A former prison officer from Sunderland has received £100,000 in compensation after an accident at work which led to the premature end of his career with the prison service.


8th January 2014

Council fails worker left injured for three years

Trapped underneath lorry tailgate


6th January 2014

Day of action as legal profession protests against Grayling’s cuts to legal aid

Barristers and solicitors are today staging protests outside courts in England and Wales in response to proposed government cuts to legal aid.


2nd January 2014

Urgent appeal for information on asbestos in Lancashire schools in 1970s, 1980s and 1990s

Lawyers acting for a former teacher who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma are desperate to trace her former co-workers.


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