Tony is a specialist asbestos solicitor based in Thompsons' Newcastle office.

He specialises exclusively in handling claims for victims of asbestos related diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer and pleural thickening.

Tony dealt with the first successful third generation exposure 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. Tony uses his skill and experience to press for settlement of claims for mesothelioma victims within their lifetime which provides peace of mind that their loved ones will be financially secure after their death.

Tony has a genuine passion for the job that he does and takes pride in fighting for justice for innocent workers and their families, 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

A maintenance fitter in the chemical industry from 1964 to 1973 was exposed to asbestos that 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 asbestos.

He went to his doctor complaining of a chest infection and was later diagnosed with mesothelioma, an incurable cancer of the lining of the lungs caused by asbestos.

Following his diagnosis he instructed Thompsons to act on his behalf and Tony obtained an out of court settlement for the man within six months. It was a huge relief to him 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 asbestos.

He was exposed again from 1986 to 1995 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 his favour, awarding his widow a substantial six figure sum.

Mesothelioma caused by exposure to grandfather's work clothes

Tony's client in this case was Michelle Campbell who was diagnosed with mesothelioma when she was only 45 years old. Mesothelioma is always fatal. As symptoms of mesothelioma do not normally begin until 30 to 40 years on average after the exposure to asbestos, Michelle was unusually young to develop the disease.

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 compensation for Michelle and her family. It was the first ever successful third generation exposure asbestos-related claim.

Feedback from clients

An extract from a 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."