Catherine is the branch manager for Thompsons' Cardiff, Bristol, Plymouth and Llanelli offices.
She is also a personal injury solicitor with a wealth of experience in dealing with claims for many different types of industrial disease including repetitive strain, occupational asthma and dermatitis, but specialises in cases relating to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, known as COSHH. Catherine led a successful group action for workers exposed to the Q Fever virus at their work place resulting in over 90 workers suffering injuries.
She also has extensive experience of high level accident at work claims including accidents leading to amputation, serious burns, work at height cases, manual handling injuries, serious back injuries and chronic pain.
Catherine is currently involved in a Court of Appeal test case dealing with an important point about vicarious liability which is when employers are held liable for the actions of their employees.
She has won literally hundreds of thousands of pounds for clients and prides herself on recovering the maximum amount of compensation possible for every client.
Successful personal injury compensation claims
Below you will find a small selection of the successful personal injury cases which Catherine has dealt with.
Contractors exposed to Q Fever at work
A group of contractors who were carrying out renovations in a factory had to remove and then break up strawboard that had been used to line the factory walls. This turned out to contain bacteria spores which had been lying dormant for years.
When the spores were released during the renovations, the workers contracted a virus known as Q Fever, a rare infectious condition causing a range of symptoms from flu to endocarditis, a serious bacterial infection of the heart valves.
The factory owner’s insurers denied liability but thanks to evidence unearthed by Catherine and her team, they settled on the first day of the trial. She recovered substantial damages for the workers she was representing.
Thumb amputated after being caught in press machine
Catherine’s client had been working for his employers for only four weeks when his left hand became trapped in a press machine, causing a traumatic amputation of his thumb and post traumatic stress.
As the machine was not properly guarded, Catherine was able to prove that the employer was in breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations and Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations.
The employer’s insurers admitted liability for the claim but disputed the extent of the injuries. Catherine was able to settle the claim for £125,600 without it proceeding to trial.
Explosion at furnace
A furnace worker was injured followed an explosion at work in which he suffered burns. He later developed tinnitus, serious post traumatic stress and psychiatric injuries.
The employer’s insurers admitted liability and Catherine was able to settle for £230,000 without it proceeding to trial.
Catherine is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.