Tony dealt with the first successful third generation asbestos-related claim on behalf of a woman who was exposed to asbestos from her grandfather's work clothes.
The average life expectancy after a diagnosis of mesothelioma is less than a year so Tony uses his skill and experience to press for settlement of claims within the client’s lifetime. This provides peace of mind that their loved ones will be financially secure after their death.
Tony has a genuine passion for his job in Thompsons’ personal injury department and takes pride in fighting for justice for innocent workers negligently exposed to asbestos by their employers.
Successful Asbestos Compensation Claims
Below, you will find a small selection of the successful asbestos compensation claims Tony has dealt with from Thompsons Solicitors’ Newcastle office.
Fitter in chemical industry dies of mesothelioma
One mesothelioma claim was concluded within nine months from the date of instruction for £500,000.
A maintenance fitter in the chemical industry from 1964 to 1973 was exposed to asbestos which was used to insulate pipework and which was often disturbed when he was working nearby. His employers did not warn him about the dangers of the material. He went to his doctor complaining of a chest infection and was later diagnosed with mesothelioma. Following his diagnosis he instructed Thompsons to act on his behalf and Tony obtained an out of court settlement within six months. It was a huge relief to the client to know that his wife would be provided for in the future.
Exposed to asbestos as a child
A 53-year-old man who was exposed to asbestos when living with his parents in RAF quarters in the late 1950s died of mesothelioma. Between the ages of two and five he slept every night next to a radiator which had pipes covered with asbestos and played hide and seek in a cupboard which contained pipes insulated with the material. From 1986 to 1995 he was exposed to dust from the repair and maintenance of asbestos-based building materials when serving as an army colonel. As the Ministry of Defence refused to accept liability, Thompsons issued court proceedings and the High Court found in the client’s favour, awarding his widow £760,000. Tony took similar cases on behalf of the man’s siblings which were settled for an additional £640,000.
Mesothelioma caused by exposure to grandfather's work clothes
Tony's client in another case was Michelle Campbell who was diagnosed with mesothelioma when she was only 45 years old. Mesothelioma is always fatal. As symptoms of the disease do not normally begin until 30 to 40 years on average after the exposure to asbestos, Michelle was unusually young to develop the condition. After researching Michelle's life history in detail, Tony discovered that she had been exposed to asbestos as a child through the work clothes of her grandfather who worked at Portsmouth docks for over 40 years. He regularly visited Michelle's house wearing his work clothes which were covered with asbestos dust. Tony fought the case successfully and recovered £140,000 in compensation for Michelle and her family. It was the first ever successful third generation exposure asbestos-related claim.
Tony is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Feedback from clients
Alison Barnes, daughter of a Unite member who contracted mesothelioma:
“Tony Hood was extremely efficient and kept us very well informed on the progress of my father's claim. My father is unable to travel and so Mr Hood came to see him at home on several occasions. At each visit he fully explained the reason and was meticulous in taking notes and ensuring he understood what my father meant in the discussions and his subsequent statements. I was able to telephone him directly if we required any clarification or to pass on information. His estimate of the claim was very accurate and far exceeded our expectations. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mr Hood and Thompsons Solicitors to deal with personal injury/illness claims.”
An extract from another thank-you letter recently received by Thompsons Solicitors said:
"With reference to my dealings with Thompsons Solicitors in connection with the death of my husband, George due to asbestos related Illness, I would like it to go on record that the dealings I have had over the past several months with your representative Mr Anthony Hood have been absolutely exemplary from start to finish! Not only did Mr Hood keep me fully informed at every stage but his courtesy and manner at all times was second to none.
"As you can no doubt imagine this has been a very distressing time for me because as well as George being my husband of 56 years he was also my best friend and it was with some trepidation I entered legal proceedings. Right from the first visit of Mr Hood to my home he put me immediately at ease and any doubts I had were quickly dispelled. I have to say without any hesitation that as a representative for Thompsons he is first rate - a true gentleman. I shall have no hesitation in recommending both Thompsons and Mr Hood if asked to do so."