Angela Collins is a senior member of Thompsons Solicitors’ industrial disease team, based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and covering the North East of England and Cumbria.

As a highly experienced lawyer, Angela conducts and manages all aspects of an industrial disease case load and assists in coaching and supervising other lawyers.

Angela qualified as a chartered legal executive in 1998, having been employed

by Thompsons since 1985.

Angela is a specialist in employer’s liability disease claims, involving exposure at work. Her cases involve hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), work-related neck and upper limb disorders (WRULDs), noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and repetitive strain injuries.

Angela is a dedicated professional who is committed to providing a first class legal service to all Thompsons’ trade union clients.

She works with what she regards as a “fantastic team” achieving the best possible outcome on behalf of union members.

Angela’s case experience

Vibration injury claim: A railway worker developed symptoms of hand arm vibration syndrome after using vibrating tools at work. His employer admitted they had exposed him to excessive levels of vibration, but it remained necessary to prove this caused him to develop symptoms. The employer settled the case for £4,000.

Military injury claim: A member of the Armed Forces sustained a loss of hearing and tinnitus following an explosion. The Ministry of Defence denied liability. Proceedings were issued and we settled the claim for £40,000 after advising the client to reject an initial offer of £25,000.

Personal injury claim: A steel worker developed a noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus as a consequence of exposure to excessive levels of noise during the course of his employment as a steel worker. Liability was admitted, but the defendant denied this caused him to develop symptoms. The employer settled the case for £6,000.

Testimonial

Valerie, a client of Angela’s, said: “Angela Collins represented me with my claim. She kept me up to date every step of the way and was very clear when asking questions and explaining matters. I would recommend Thompsons and would like to thank Angela for all of her help and assistance.”