Helen has been a member of the team of specialist lawyers for more than 14 years, having worked at Thompsons since she qualified as a solicitor in 2001.
She has a reputation for dealing with claims relating to asbestos-related diseases with the tact, professionalism and care which the complex specialism demands. Helen is also aware of the need to maximise compensation.
Helen’s clients, who come from all over the North East of England and Cumbria, are suffering from a range of extremely serious conditions such as asbestosis, pleural thickening, asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma – an incurable cancer of the lining of the lungs. Most of those of those she represents will be terminally ill and will need to have their claims processed with a degree of sensitivity. They will also want the compensation to be secured quickly because of their desire to know their families will be provided for after their death.
Helen’s job satisfaction is derived from the fact that her clients get the best possible legal advice and that she can help them win justice.
In her spare time Helen likes to spend as much time as possible with her young family and, when possible, travelling abroad.
Helen's Case Experience
Helen secured compensation of £275,000 for a client who was not informed of the dangers of asbestos despite routinely coming into contact with the material as an apprentice and subsequently as a qualified electrical fitter. The client worked on maintenance, installation and repair on sub-stations across the North East of England. Tragically, his employer failed to provide the necessary protective equipment.
A series of witnesses confirmed that he was constantly exposed to asbestos and his employers conceded they were culpable.
When the client’s illness first manifested itself, he assumed he had a chest infection and consulted his doctor. A specialist however confirmed he had contracted mesothelioma and he underwent a major operation. Unfortunately the tumour continued to grow rapidly and chemotherapy resulted in serious side-effects.
Helen secured a £50,000 interim payment to fund immunotherapy treatment, but it was stopped after three months because it was failing to manage the cancer. Helen’s client died just a month later.
Although the employer made an early offer to settle the claim, management subsequently failed to respond to Thompsons and Helen began court action. The employer then agreed to negotiate and settled for £275,000.
Helen secured £107,000 for the family of an engineer who came into contact with asbestos when he was subcontracted to work in a brewery in Bedford. He was never warned of the danger of asbestos or given any protective equipment despite working on pipes insulated with the material. Sadly the man died of mesothelioma just a few months after contacting Thompsons, but his widow continued the claim on his behalf.
One of Helen’s clients came into contact with asbestos in his teens when he worked for a demolition company between 1955 and 1964. As part of his work he used an oxyacetylene burner to strip out asbestos from buildings including power stations. He had no idea the material was so dangerous. In 1975 he returned to the family farm in Ireland, but was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2011. Helen made a claim against the former employer and settled out of court for £155,000.
Helen recovered substantial compensation for a man who died of mesothelioma having come into contact with asbestos for about seven years as a shipyard joiner in the 60s and subsequently as a firefighter between the late 60s and the early 1990s. The man’s employers agreed compensation of £247,500 after Thompsons initiated court proceedings.
Betty Burey: “Just to say a big thank you for all the help and advice you gave to my husband Dennis and myself. Very much appreciated.”
Pauline Allison: “My husband and I would like to thank Helen for her hard work dealing with our claim. We found her very considerate and understanding. We would recommend Thompsons Solicitors to anyone.”
George Corbett: “My wife and I were more than pleased with your service. Helen explained everything in detail at every step. Helping us by giving clear outlines of how the case was going and what to expect. Thank you, we are totally satisfied.”
Joyce Mailtand: “I was very pleased with the service I received. I would highly recommend you. Helen was an excellent case handler. Very polite, friendly and efficient.”
Dorothy Thorpe: “Helen Jones was very helpful to both myself and my husband in helping us to deal with this process. She was very professional but also very caring in her dealings with me especially after the death of my husband. She talked me through the whole process and what it entailed. She kept me informed at each stage of the proceedings.” Dorothy later wrote: “Dear Helen, this is just a wee note to thank you for your help and support in pursuing the case against my husband's employers. It made the whole process so much more bearable knowing you were always available should I have any worries. Having the money has made life much less stressful for me. I can now do much needed renovations on the house and help out my family as well. Once again, a big thank you from me to you and all your team.”
Teresa Allen: “I would recommend Helen Jones anytime. Good communication skills. Helen kept us up to date regularly. She was dedicated, has extensive legal knowledge, understanding the sector of which her firm operates.”
Carol Sampson: “Thank you so much for all the work and effort you undertook in the preparation of our claim in respect of my husband Bill Sampson. We are truly grateful of this bitter sweet conclusion, but feel it has gone a long way in acknowledging and celebrating Bill's successful life.”
Jackie Robinson: “Thank you for all your help.”