Kelly Varty is a senior member of Thompsons Solicitors’ industrial disease team based in Newcastle upon Tyne and covering the North East.

Kelly started work for Thompsons in 2000 as a litigation assistant, then undertook her training contract with the firm and qualified as a solicitor in 2003. She now supervises the work of other lawyers and takes on a full case-load herself.

Over the course of her career at Thompsons Kelly has conducted most types of personal injury claims but she is now a specialist in claims involving stress and Care of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations.

Kelly deals with psychological injuries as well as cancers, dermatitis and respiratory disease brought on by exposure to hazardous substances.

Kelly is dedicated to seeking justice for union members injured through no fault of their own.

Away from work she enjoys family-based activities involving her two sons.

CASE EXPERIENCE

Below you will find a small selection of the successful medical negligence claims Kelly has dealt with from Thompsons Solicitors' Newcastle office:

Kelly acted on behalf of a residential child care officer employed by the Percy Hedley Foundation, a charity providing care and education support for disabled people and their families. As part of her job, the claimant was travelling with service users in her employer’s vehicle. One of the service users began to strike her head on the vehicle, then stood up and head butted the claimant causing serious injuries to her neck, back and right arm and resulting in psychiatric injuries. The claimant was retired from her job as a result of her injuries. Kelly recovered damages for the client in excess of £225,000.

Kelly has acted for a number of former employees of specialist chemicals manufacturer Fine Organics Limited who were exposed negligently to a fungicide known as Solatenol while at work. It caused them to develop occupational irritant dermatitis, but liability for the claims was initially resisted by the defendant. The Health and Safety Executive determined however that company had failed to protect employees from exposure to the hazardous chemical. Kelly eventually extracted full admissions of liability from Fine Organics and individual damages of between £5000 and £14000 were recovered.

TESTIMONIALS

“My case was handled very professionally.  Any forms etc. that I had to fill in were easy to understand.  If I needed any help or advice it was only a phone call away.”

“Dear Kelly, Just saying thank you does not seem nearly enough.  I am so incredibly thankful for all your hard work and expertise on my case.  This has not been the easiest of cases and I really appreciate the time, effort and support you gave me.  What an accomplishment after the last four years. Thank you for everything you have done on my behalf.

“The claim was handled professionally and very quickly I’m extremely pleased with the service received.”

“I would like to thank Kelly and Louise who worked on my case.  They have been amazing support through this very difficult time.  I am very happy with the outcome of the claim as it has now given me the security I needed and hoped for.  I can't thank you enough and I send my best wishes to all at Thompsons, thank you.”

“I would like to thank Kelly and Louise who worked on my case. They have been amazing support through this very difficult time. I am very happy with the outcome of the claim as it has now given me the security I needed and hoped for. I can’t thank you enough and I send my best wishes to all at Thompsons, thank you.”