Laura Rogers is a highly professional lawyer based in Thompsons Solicitors’ Bristol office dealing with a caseload of high value injury cases whilst assisting senior members of the team with highly complex claims involving life-changing or fatal injuries.
Laura, who represents claimants from all over the South West, qualified as a solicitor in 2017 but has over seven years’ experience dealing with personal injury cases.
Laura’s caseload has involved road accidents, vaginal mesh implants and claims where employers’ and public liability has been invoked.
Laura assists in cases where clients have sustained catastrophic injurries, most recently to the brain or spinal cord and amputations. Sadly some cases have resulted in death. Clients who survive the injuries, inevitably suffer major psychological trauma which is a key element of most claims.
As part of her work in the serious injuries team, Laura considers the merits of cases, analyses witness statements and reports, instructs experts and visits sites. She assesses whether Thompsons can obtain any other important material by an application to court for disclosure.
Laura secures medical records and considers which experts to consult, instructing the appropriate medical professional to examine the client. She prepares cases both for joint settlement meetings and for court and attends hearings where appropriate.
Laura makes sure each claim is actively progressed on behalf of clients and advises them on any compensation offer they might receive. Laura also makes applications for interim payments to fund clients’ rehabilitation and other needs.
The main focus of Laura’s role is to work closely with clients and their families throughout their claim, which she finds the most rewarding part of her job at Thompsons.
Laura believes Thompsons differs from other law firms because its lawyers fight harder for claims and investigate each one individually.
Outside work Laura keeps active by going to the gym regularly. She has taken part in the London Marathon raising vital funds for Alzheimers Society. She has also completed the three peak challenge and plans to take part in a triathlon. Laura likes to socialise with family and friends and has a keen interest in watching and supporting Welsh rugby.
During her time at Thompsons, Laura has assisted in a number of notable cases, including:
The claim of a young man who fell from a height and sustained a severe brain trauma and various other life-changing injuries. The HSE prosecuted the defendant for health and safety violations. Although the defendant admitted primary liability, the company contended that the claimant was culpable for contributory negligence. The case settled for a six figure sum.
In another case a cyclist suffered orthopaedic injuries and what was considered at the time to be a mild head injury. Sadly some years later the client developed epilepsy. Given the lapse of time between the accident and the development of epilepsy, the cause of the condition was a contentious issue. Thompsons secured a six figure settlement with which the client was delighted.
A young man sustained a severe head injury in a road accident, but liability was heavily disputed. The case settled before trial for a seven fig-ure sum.
A lady in her 60s required lifelong one-to-one care after suffering a severe brain injury in a serious road accident. Thompsons obtained a lump sum and regular payments for the client’s life-long care, with a total settlement value in seven figures.
The following was written to Laura and Lisa Gunner, who is also a Thompsons solicitor:
“I wanted to express my heartfelt gratitude to you both. It’s been a long journey and while I do not know what the future holds with regards to my condition, the decision to settle feels right to me at this point. Thanks for your professionalism, patience and advice along the way. With best wishes…”