Karl De-Loyde is a Birmingham-based partner at Thompsons Solicitors with more than 20 years’ experience and the senior supervisor responsible for all catastrophic injury cases across the Midlands. Karl’s cases include trauma of the utmost severity, many brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations, multiple injuries and fatalities.
Karl has long experience in dealing with cases involving extremely serious injuries sustained through road accidents, in the workplace, during participation in sports and sometimes involving public liability.
Karl has been involved in personal injury litigation since 1996, and for the last 10 years have been dealing with high value - often multi-million pound - cases.
His considerable experience and tenacious approach ensures that he recovers the maximum amount of compensation to which his clients are entitled, in the shortest possible time.
Karl is proud of Thompsons’ status as the “go-to” solicitors for trade unions and he enjoys working in a thriving premier league national firm which always represents the claimant and never the defendant.
Karl holds black belts in both Aikido and Karate
KARL’S CASE EXPERIENCE
Karl has secured almost £60m for injured clients and their families. Here is a small selection of his case stories:
A baby girl suffered a catastrophic brain injury at birth, which caused life-long learning difficulties and cognitive problems. Karl secured a settlement (approved by the court) with a capitalised value of £14.2 million, ensuring his client will be looked after for the rest of her life.
In another case Karl’s client, who was in his 40s, was involved in a head-on collision with a car which has left him with paralysis and a brain injury. Both parties blamed each other for the accident. With expert evidence and excellent case preparation Karl was 100 per cent successful at trial and the case subsequently settled for over £5 million.
Karl’s 15-year-old client suffered a major brain injury as he was struck by a speeding motorbike while cycling across the road.The young cyclist spent a year in hospital and has been left with serious brain damage. Liability was hard fought but Karl secured an out-of-court settlement of £6.75 million.
Karl acts for two young boys who suffered serious injuries in a house fire, caused by a faulty electrical heater purchased from Curry’s. Karl successfully established liability in a high court trial in 2019. The cases continue with the focus on rehabilitation.
Karl led the Powertrain Group Litigation for 101 Unite members who suffered respiratory disease when working for MG Rover between 2002-2005. It was the largest known outbreak of its kind in the world. The litigation was hard fought but settled in 2009 following a series of round table meetings for a total of nearly £1m with individual settlements ranging up to £180,000.
A machine operator was dragged into a lathe when he was polishing a component rotating at speed, suffering multiple injuries including a serious head injury. The employer fought liability and the case came close to trial. Karl was able to recover £1.2 million for his client, following protracted negotiations.
In another case an HGV driver who was trying to reverse into a tight parking area to unload a delivery, accidentally ran over Karl’s client, who was helping him to reverse. He suffered serious leg injuries and as a result was unable to continue his job as a drayman. Karl settled the case for £350,000 to reflect the lost earnings the man would inevitably suffer. The matter was settled within nine months, following an early admission of liability and some careful negotiations.
In another workplace incident, Karl's client was injured when the steel door of a large machine trapped him against a wall. The man suffered crush injuries to his abdomen and had to be airlifted to hospital. He was kept in hospital for six weeks and was absent from work for a considerably longer period. Karl recovered £300,000 in compensation which was considered to be an extremely good outcome for the injured man under the circumstances.
Karl acted for the family of a fitter who was killed on a construction site while repairing a rock-crushing machine. Another operator switched it on while the repair was under way with fatal consequences. Proceedings were brought against the operator of the rock crusher and the site managers. They disputed liability but after tough negotiations, Karl was able to settle the case for £250,000.
Karl is registered as a senior litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and he is a member of the Law Society panel. He is also a member of Headway, a charity which helps those who have suffered brain injury.
“My youngest child had an accident which left him with very severe injuries. Our whole world was turned upside down. It was very traumatic. Karl did really well for us. He was very friendly and he always put us at our ease. He ensured I understood everything that was going on in what was a very complicated case. He was always at the end of a phone whenever we needed him. He was really good at putting us in touch with people we needed help from. Everything went really smoothly and I would recommend him to anybody.”
Another client comments: “He sat with me going through what should have happened in my case. I had been with another solicitor for 16 months and nothing at all had happened. Karl spent two hours with me and subsequently came to my house. I was so at ease with what he had told me, I could not wait to change to Thompsons.
"He planned to take me to the accident site, sort out and organise a case manager who straight away got me into Headway, counselling and hydro therapy. The opposing solicitors agreed straight away with interim payments. After six months Karl had the barrister and all the specialist consultants booked up for me. He always asked how my wife and family were coping because I’d had a bit of a relapse after more seizures. Karl sorted out counselling and got a taxi service sorted as I lost my licence. Now I find it very easy to talk, but back then I was struggling to express what I needed to say and stress made it worse. Karl has done so much for clients at Headway.
“Before I met Karl I was prepared to end my life. I really had come to the end of everything and thought my family would be better off without me.”
The Legal 500: "Karl De-Loyde is one of the most diligent and thorough solicitors around, he is terrifically hardworking, goes to the end of the earth to look after his clients. Linda Millband is enormously experienced."