These include personal injury, employment rights (including equal rights, human rights and pensions), settlement agreements and criminal law, as well as support for medical negligence, conveyancing, probate and power of attorney.
Our legal service is provided by Thompsons Solicitors. Thompsons has worked solely for trade union members and workers throughout its 100-year history, and never for employers or insurers.
Thompsons’ regional office structure means that you will be seen as near as possible to your place of work or local union office.
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A comprehensive package of legal support
The legal services provided to ASLEF members include:
- Accidents at work
- Personal injury claims away from work, on holiday, on the roads
- Serious injury, including brain and spinal injury claims
- Industrial disease or illness claims, including asbestos
- Employment law (accessed via your ASLEF district organiser)
- Settlement agreements
- Work-related criminal law advice (call the 24-hour criminal law helpline on 0800 587 7530)
- Online wills service (Scotland based members can start their will here)
- Special terms for clinical negligence
- Special terms for conveyancing, probate and power of attorney.
Work related accidents and diseases
ASLEF members regularly risk injury, their health and even their lives in the course of their duty.
Our free personal injury service means that you will have access to immediate advice and representation if you have been injured or suffered illness as a result of a negligent employer.
Thompsons’ highly experienced workplace accident lawyers will help you secure compensation for any pain and suffering caused, and for loss of earnings, if breach of duty can be proven.
Fault can be proven in a number of ways. For example:
- Defective equipment
- Inadequate safety precautions
- Insufficient training or instructions
- Operational system failures
- Unsafe working practices.
Even if you doubt whether your employer, infrastructure controller or anyone else was at fault, you should still contact the legal service for advice.
There is a strict time limit in place (three years from the date you first became aware you had suffered an injury) when making a personal injury claim, so delays should be avoided.
Non-fatal workplace accidents
Make sure that any accidents are recorded in the accidents book in your workplace.
Fatal workplace accidents
Families of ASLEF members can also use the service to seek compensation where a member is killed in the course of duty or dies as a result of an industrial disease.
Non work related accidents and diseases
Members and their family members can also take advantage of the free legal service for any accident or injury suffered outside of work. For example, a member may be injured while playing sport, as a result of a defective product, while out and about shopping, or as a diver, pedestrian or cyclist.
People who are injured in this way are often unsure about what rights they have to claim compensation, and from whom. Our legal services mean you never need to feel alone in these circumstances. Thompsons’ personal injury experts will be able to advise and represent you.
As with all personal injury cases, time is of the essence, and members should get in contacts within three years from the date you or your family member first became aware of an injury.
Free online wills service
Everyone should make a will, and ASLEF recommends that you take advantage of our free wills service. If you don’t make a will, there is a danger that those you would have wanted to look after your affairs and to benefit from your estate will not do so.
The wills service is provided by BBH Legal, a subsidiary of Thompsons Solicitors.
You can make a basic simple will free of charge. For more complex wills, members have access to discounted rates.
Conveyancing, probate and power of attorney
The ASLEF legal service also ensures members and family members have access to legal support for conveyancing, probate and power of attorney.
These services are accessed via BBH Legal, a subsidiary of Thompsons Solicitors.