David Robinson is Thompsons Solicitors’ Newcastle-based Professional Support Lawyer, and is responsible for delivering training and best practice guidance to colleagues in offices throughout the country. David works closely with trade unions in providing support as well as assisting the Head of Personal Injury Strategy, Gerard Stilliard, with campaign initiatives.
David’s background is in serious injury claims and in representing members of the armed forces, having developed a wealth of expertise and national reputation in these fields over a number of years. The serious injury claims he deals with often involve catastrophic or life-changing injuries such as amputations, spinal cord injuries, head injuries and brain injuries.
David has a wealth of experience dealing with high value serious injury claims and his strong negotiating skills ensure his clients receive the maximum amount of compensation in the shortest time possible. David is committed to ensuring justice for his clients and will go the extra mile, as particularly highlighted in the fight for justice for Jake Thompson and for former RAF Corporal Shaun Wood, whose cases are detailed below.
Successful serious injury claims
Below, you will find just a few examples of the serious injury compensation claims David has dealt with in Thompsons Solicitors' Newcastle office.
Tree surgeon killed by faulty strimmer
David acted for the family of a tree surgeon who was killed when part of a metal chain on a colleague’s strimmer broke off and hit his head while he was helping to clear vegetation as a subcontractor to another tree surgeon. The piece of metal was travelling about 300mph. The strimmer and its attachment has now been banned across Europe. The company in overall control of the workplace was charged with failing to ensure the safety of workers by the Health and Safety Executive and settled the claim out of court for a six figure sum.
Road accident resulting in amputation
Within weeks of the accident, David had recovered an interim payment for the client which paid for adaptations to be made to his house together with care to get him mobile again. David went on to recover a substantial amount of compensation for the man which took into account his life-changing injuries.
Fatal accident after trip at home
An elderly lady died from a heart attack after tripping in her own home over a cable that a heating engineer had left stretched out across her dark carpet. She fell, fracturing her hip and wrist and died the following day. Acting for the lady’s daughter, David recovered compensation for the family who were pleased that the claim highlighted the dangerous practice that had caused her untimely death.
Justice for RAF Corporal
David acted for an RAF Corporal who was left with a life-changing neurological condition after he was exposed to dangerous toxins when working as a Painter and Finisher for the RAF.
As a result of his working conditions and the dangerous chemicals he was exposed to, Shaun Wood was diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy-P (MSAP), a Parkinsonian condition that affects the nervous system.
After a significant battle against the Ministry of Defence (MoD), which Mr. Wood won with Thompsons in the High Court. But following an appeal by the MoD in 2011 David worked with Mr. Wood taking the case to the Court of Appeal. Victory came for Mr. Wood again, as the Court of Appeal held that there was, in legal terms, a “probable connection” between heavy solvent exposure and neurological damage.
Mr Wood said: “It has been a very long fight to get to this point from the day I was told back in the 1990s that I wasn’t entitled to legal aid. That was just the start. I never accepted that I wouldn’t be able to get justice and Thompsons Solicitors have been behind me since 2007 and enabled me to fight this to the end.
“I come from a military family and making the decision to pursue compensation went against my instincts but when I die my wife will be left without an income because my war pension will be taken away and I have always wanted to ensure that she is provided for in the future.”
Inquest representation following a fatal road traffic accident
David supported John and Janet Thompson, parents of 27-year-old road accident victim Jake, who was killed by the speeding driver of a HGV vehicle while using a pedestrian crossing - in a successful civil claim for damages. In addition to the claim, David campaigned alongside Jake’s family to force the police to review evidence in the hope that it would result in a criminal prosecution.
Following more than 18 months of campaigning, the driver of the HGV vehicle was eventually brought before the criminal courts. The judge ruled that the case lacked sufficient evidence, even with an eye-witness testimony and proof of the driver travelling at 38mph in a 30mph speed limit through changing traffic lights.
Despite the trial outcome, Thompsons continues to support Jake’s family in the campaign for better road safety.
David is a committee member for Headway, Teesside, a brain injury charity, Chair of Road Peace North East and a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). He is also a Member of the Royal British Legion Solicitors' Group and regularly attends Headley Court to provide advice to service personnel.
Legal 500 and Chambers
In 2015 Legal 500 referred to David as a “military claims expert” and Chambers and Partners say that “his intellectual grasp is first-class and he is committed to the cause of his client”.