Asbestos specialist Michelle is based at Thompsons Solicitors’ Newcastle office and handles cases across the North East of England.
A Chartered Legal Executive with nearly 25 years of experience in the personal injury sector, Michelle began her career at Thompsons in 2001 as a legal secretary and has worked on the asbestos disease team since 2002.
Michelle’s case load mainly consists of claims involving non-malignant asbestos-related diseases such as pleural thickening, pleural plagues and asbestosis, which have often developed through workplace exposure. Michelle also has experience litigating Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) claims, ranging from diagnoses of dermatitis and asthma to Legionnaire’s Disease.
Additionally, Michelle’s duties include investigating and securing compensation for lung cancer, mesothelioma and non-malignant claims against the T&N Asbestos Trust. Michelle is also the Newcastle office’s US Asbestos Trust coordinator and advises on the eligibility of UK-based claims against American manufacturers of asbestos.
A forensic and successful litigator who is keenly aware of the difficulties her clients are going through, Michelle has worked closely with trade unions and shares their focus of seeking maximum redress for members, while making the process for them as stress free as possible.
Michelle enjoys working at Thompsons Solicitors because it provides the opportunity to obtain justice and compensation for working people and their families.
Outside of work, Michelle practises women’s Olympic weightlifting.
Michelle’s case experience
Mesothelioma claim: Michelle’s client, Mrs H, developed mesothelioma as a result of working as a typist in a factory. On occasions Mrs H would have to hand wages to workers on the factory floor, where she came into contact with asbestos dust.
The T&N Asbestos Trust accepted liability and Michelle secured £128,000 in compensation for Mrs H during the course of her lifetime.
Legionnaire’s Disease claim: Mrs L, an agency worker, contracted Legionnaire’s Disease after being negligently exposed by her employer. Michelle obtained medical evidence of Mrs L condition, as well as further evidence that Mrs L had developed PTSD and depression because of the illness.
After the defendant admitted liability, Mrs L was able to secure a substantial compensation package for Mrs L.
Michelle’s former client, Mr Roy McGlen, said: “To Michelle and staff, thank you for all your hard work.”
Mr Robert McPhilomey said: “(Michelle’s) service was excellent. Explained everything. Would recommend company to family and friends and whoever needs help.”