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Work Disease News January to June 2006

Thompsons Solicitors have a long history of fighting for the rights of injured workers and have gained a vast amount of experience of dealing with personal injury claims for victims of industrial disease, including occupational deafness, HAVS, dermatitis, asbestos-related diseases and other respiratory diseases. We regularly publish news stories about Industrial Illness 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 Work Disease News page.

28th June 2006

Widow speaks out about Government’s compassion for mesothelioma victims

Barbara Sharp’s husband, Ronald died aged only 59 from the deadly asbestos cancer, mesothelioma, which he contracted after many years working as a scenic painter in the film industry during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

20th June 2006

Government shows real compassion, but must act for all victims, lawyers say

Thompsons Solicitors, one of the law firms at the heart of the Barker asbestos test case, today welcomed the announcement that the government will amend the Compensation Bill to reverse the effect of the House of Lords ruling in the asbestos compensation appeal case of Barker.

16th June 2006

Can you help Linda Carter?

Lawyers acting for a Poole production manager who died a tragic and painful death from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma are working with his widow, Linda Carter, in a desperate attempt to trace his co-workers

13th June 2006

Asbestos Register is Launched

BECTU and the union’s law firm Thompsons have set up a register for members who believe they have been exposed to asbestos.

13th June 2006

Thompsons calls for swift action after Prime Minister's announcement on asbestos

Thompsons Solicitors has welcomed the comment by Tony Blair that he is looking for the best opportunity to change the House of Lords decision in Barker. The firm called for swift action to prevent further delay in reversing the ruling.

7th June 2006

Thompsons call for life-extending medicine to be available for mesothelioma victims

Thompsons Solicitors, has welcomed news that drug manufacturer Eli Lilly is appealing against the withdrawal from use in the NHS of life extending cancer medicine, Alimta.

22nd May 2006

Widow of bladder cancer victim calls on workers to seek help

The widow of a process worker who died from bladder cancer as a result of exposure to harmful chemicals is calling on other workers exposed to seek immediate medical attention.

3rd May 2006

Lords slash asbestos compensation

Mesothelioma sufferers and their families face massive cuts in their compensation for the deadly asbestos cancer, mesothelioma, as a result of a ruling announced by the House of Lords today.

8th March 2006

Widows Face New Asbestos Challenge

Lawyers representing mesothelioma sufferers and their families are facing a challenge to victims’ continued right to compensation for the deadly asbestos cancer, mesothelioma, in a hearing in the House of Lords due to start on Monday, 13 March.

23rd February 2006

5,000 North East residents sign Action Mesothelioma Petition

Over five thousand Tyneside residents have signed the Action Mesothelioma Petition, organised by the British Lung Foundation and local charity Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund (MKMRF) which aims to improve diagnosis and encourage further research into treatment of this deadly cancer. Mesothelioma is a malignant lung disease which is caused by exposure to asbestos.

26th January 2006

Pleural plaques test case ruling will deprive thousands of people of their right to compensation

Amicus the trade union, and its lawyers, acting for asbestos claimants across the UK condemned a Judgment given by the Court of Appeal today in a test case concerning whether compensation should continue to be paid for an asbestos related condition known as pleural plaques.

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