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Accidents at Work News January to June 2008

Thompsons Solicitors have a long history of fighting for the rights of injured workers. We have teams of expert solicitors based across the UK who specialise exclusively in personal injury claims involving accidents at work. We regularly publish news stories about workplace accident claims we have dealt with and interesting cases and articles published in the press and you will find links to a selection of these below:

Links to press releases for other periods can be found on the main Accidents at Work News page.


9th May 2008

Machine operator from Merthyr Tydfil injured by seamer machine secures £11,000 damages

Gerald O’Reilly secured the compensation with the support of his trade union UNITE, and their personal injury specialists Thompsons Solicitors.


8th May 2008

Discarded rubbish on Leeds train leads to compensation payout by Northern Rail for injured train driver

A train driver from Yorkshire has secured nearly £6,000 compensation from Northern Rail following a serious back injury caused as he stepped onto discarded rubbish.


6th May 2008

Dennis family lawyers welcome jailing of employer

Solicitors acting for the family of Daniel Dennis have welcomed the sentencing of Roy Clarke, Daniel's employer, to 10 months imprisonment following today's sentencing hearing


6th May 2008

Back Injury sparks UNISON call for better training as Suffolk Care Trust found negligent

UNISON, the UK's largest public service union, is today calling for better training for healthcare assistants, after a member suffered such a serious back injury she was forced to give up the job she loved


2nd May 2008

Plumbing inspector secures compensation for serious ankle injury

A plumbing and heating engineer who suffered a serious ankle injury after falling into a poorly maintained manhole at the Cathedral Nursing Home in Lincoln has been awarded compensation with the assistance of Thompsons Solicitors.


24th April 2008

On Workers Memorial Day, Dennis family lawyers call for maximum sentence for boss who admits manslaughter

Lawyers acting for the family of Daniel Dennis, killed after falling through a skylight on the roof of a Matalan store in South Wales have called for Roy Clarke, the owner of North Eastern Roofing, to be given the maximum sentence available to the court


9th April 2008

GMB wins £230,000 for Norwich worker blown up in gas explosion

A gas explosion in a Norwich pub which wrecked the career of the gas worker called to investigate a reported gas leak has resulted in a substantial damages payout.


4th April 2008

Carlisle stores worker wins compensation after MoD ignored her injury

A Ministry of Defence (MoD) Stores Assistant who suffered a serious back injury due to continuous heavy lifting and whose employer then failed to shift her to lighter work has received £60,000 in compensation.


26th March 2008

Death threat kitchen assistant awarded compensation

A kitchen assistant who was eventually forced to leave her job following a violent incident at the Coalville Resource Centre in Leicestershire has been awarded £40,000 compensation by her former employer, Leicestershire County Council


10th March 2008

Damages secured for support worker injured pushing client in wheelchair

A support worker from Croydon, Surrey, who slipped a disc while pushing a client in a wheelchair, and subsequently had his employment terminated, has successfully secured damages from his former employer


21st February 2008

Compensation for bus driver sacked after passenger attack

A North East based former London bus driver who was badly hurt in an assault by a passenger and then sacked for taking time off while he was injured has been paid £75,000 compensation by his former employer


18th February 2008

Michelin sued for £2,500 compensation after employee fractured his finger

Michelin Tyre PLC has been sued for £2,500 compensation after an employee from Staffordshire fractured his finger


13th February 2008

Care worker sprayed with ‘Mr Muscle’ wins compensation

A residential social worker who was sprayed in the face with oven cleaner has won compensation from Newport City Council


12th February 2008

Warehouseman who suffered an injury following an accident with a forklift truck secures compensation

With help from Thompsons Solicitors and his Trade Union, RMT, the man from Kent received £150,000


30th January 2008

Negligence at a Welsh mine leads to £105,000 pay out for collier who had to be

Negligence at a Welsh mine has led to a £105,000 pay out for a collier who had to be medically retired after a falling stone broke a vertebrae in his neck.


23rd January 2008

Engineer who was forced to retire on medical grounds after rupturing his arm secures £95,000 compensation

An engineer from Cumbria who was forced to retire on medical grounds after rupturing the bicep in his right arm has secured £95,000 compensation from Manchester firm Robert McBride Ltd


18th January 2008

Maintenance Worker secures substantial damages after fracturing his shoulder and being medically retired

A GMB union member from Gloucestershire has secured substantial damages after he fractured his shoulder and was medically retired from his maintenance job as a result of unsafe working practices.


16th January 2008

NHS Logistics Authority pays factory worker damages after fork lift truck injury left him with a partially amputated foot

A factory worker who has been left with a partially amputated foot following a serious fork lift truck injury has been successful in a court action against his employers


11th January 2008

Train driver forced to retire receives compensation for accident

A train driver who was forced to retire from his job after severely injuring his back at work has been awarded compensation by his former employer.


10th January 2008

£175,000 damages for Preston man who suffered severe physical and psychological injuries after his hand was trapped in a machine at work

A Preston man who suffered severe physical and psychological injuries after his hand was trapped in a machine at work has secured substantial compensation from his former employer with the support of his trade union Unite.


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