David has more than two decades of legal experience, 18 years of which have been at Thompsons. Currently a senior supervisor in the Newcastle office, he previously occupied a similar position at the firm’s South Shields centre.
He supervises claims relating to hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), also known as vibration white finger, work-related neck and upper limb disorders (WRULDs) and noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). David also has significant experience of all personal injury claims, specifically accidents and work-related stress.
David is the case-handler for more than 80 industrial disease claims and supervises five experienced industrial disease lawyers.
David’s skill and expertise ensure that clients suffering from these conditions will be awarded the highest possible compensation in the shortest possible time.
He is immensely proud of Thompsons record of representing injured trade union members and recovering financial recompense for them and their families.
Away from work David enjoys running and football.
DAVID’S CASE EXPERIENCE
Below, you will find a small selection of the successful industrial disease compensation claims David has dealt with from Thompsons Solicitors’ South Shields office.
Hand arm vibration syndrome from engraver pen
After using an engraver pen (which marked metal) at work for over 20 years, David’s client developed symptoms of hand arm vibration syndrome from the vibration given off by the pen.
His employer admitted liability and offered compensation of £20,000 which David advised his client to refuse. He then issued court proceedings and the employer settled the case soon afterwards for £25,000.
HAVS because of exposure to vibratory appliances
Another client was exposed for over ten years to vibratory appliances on a daily basis. He continued to work for his employer until 2009 using the same tools, although he started complaining of tingling in his fingers in 2005. He was diagnosed with HAVS in 2010. Although the employer admitted they had exposed David’s client to dangerous levels of vibration, they continued to argue that they were not responsible for their employee developing HAVS. The case went to trial, but settled on the second day when the employer offered to pay £11,000 in full and final settlement of the claim.
Gardener developed vibration white finger
David represented a gardener who worked for many years for a local authority, using various vibrating tools such as mowers, strimmers and hedge cutters. He was never given any advice about the dangers of vibrating tools, nor how to limit his exposure to them until many years into his employment.
After a client developed vibration white finger, David made a claim for damages against his client’s employers who initially denied liability. However, when David issued proceedings, they settled the claim and paid £11,000 in compensation.
David is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Andrew Dyke of Unison: “I would like to thank Thompsons for their excellent service on dealing with my case for VWF (Vibration White Finger). They are reliable, quick to respond to you on any change of circumstances throughout the case. They were more than very helpful on helping me throughout my case. I would also like to thank Mr David Mole who dealt with my case. I would definitely like to use the professionalism of Thompsons Solicitors again if ever needed."