Operating out of Thompsons Solicitors’ Newcastle and Leeds centres, Tony Hood is a highly experienced and nationally renowned solicitor dealing exclusively with claims arising from asbestos-related diseases.
A unit manager in the firm’s personal injury department, Tony has had considerable success in claiming compensation for clients suffering from mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening and asbestos related lung cancer.
Symptoms of mesothelioma do not usually manifest themselves until 30 to 40 years after contact with the material and it requires considerable expertise and determination to prove the link. Tony became the first lawyer in the UK to win a “third generation” asbestos exposure case, securing compensation for a woman who had contact with the material through her grandfather’s work clothes.
Despite its lengthy gestation period Tony points out that mesothelioma usually proves fatal within a year of diagnosis and so it is essential to secure compensation as quickly as possible to provide the victim and their families with peace of mind.
Tony is extremely proud of his record in winning cases on behalf of people who contracted asbestos-related diseases through the incompetence or negligence of their employers.
Successful Asbestos Compensation Claims
In a highly unusual case Michelle Campbell was diagnosed with the deadly mesothelioma disease when she was only 45 years old. Symptoms do not usually emerge until 30 to 40 years after contact with asbestos, but Tony discovered that she had been exposed to the material as a child through the work clothes of her grandfather who was employed at Portsmouth docks for more than 40 years. He often visited Michelle's house wearing work clothes covered in asbestos dust. Tony won a £140,000 settlement for Michelle and her family in what was the first ever successful “third generation” asbestos-related claim.
In another case Tony secured £500,000 in compensation less than nine months after he was instructed.
One client worked as a fitter in the chemical sector for nearly ten years up to 1973 and was routinely exposed to asbestos which was used for pipe insulation. The employers for whom he worked failed to make him aware of the dangerous nature of the material. The client consulted his GP over what he thought was a chest infection but was subsequently told he had contract mesothelioma. On being instructed Thompsons negotiated a settlement within six months, giving the client peace of mind that his wife would be financially secure.
The widow of a 53-year-old man was awarded six figure compensation after the High court heard that he had been exposed to asbestos when he was a child and when he subsequently served as a colonel in the army. When he was between the ages of two and five in the early 1950s he lived with his parents at an RAF base and slept close to a radiator which had pipes covered in asbestos. He also played in a cupboard at the RAF quarters which contained pipework insulated with the material. He was subsequently exposed to asbestos-based building material between 1986 and 1995 when he served as an army officer. The Ministry of Defence denied liability, but the High Court found in his favour. Tony concluded similar cases on behalf of the man’s siblings for an additional £640,000.
Tony is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Feedback from clients
“My brother and I were impressed with the way that Mr Anthony Hood handled my father's claim. He was very professional and explained everything clearly. We were particularly impressed by the sensitive way he interviewed my father when he was very ill and I know my father had full confidence in him. Communications were handled efficiently throughout the process and we were kept fully informed by letter, email and sometimes conference calls arranged at our convenience. As a result we would have no hesitation in recommending Thompson's.”
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."