Laura Harper is a highly experienced serious injury solicitor based in Thompsons Solicitors’ Birmingham office covering the West Midlands. She has considerable experience dealing with all types of personal injury compensation claims, specialising in serious injury and accidents at work, particularly those involving amputations. Laura also deals with road traffic accidents, occupier’s liability, public liability and assaults.
Laura started at Thompsons in 2004 while carrying out her Legal Practical Course (LPC) part-time (the final vocational stage before becoming a solicitor). After completing her LPC, she started her training contract with Thompsons and qualified as a solicitor in October 2006. Laura progressed through Thompsons undertaking various fast track, multi-track claims (worth from £10,000 to £25,000) and disease work.
As a solicitor in the serious injuries team, Laura sees clients and their families at home to build up a relationship and take them through their claim. Laura seeks to introduce rehabilitation for clients at an early stage and supports them in a wide variety of ways, some of which are not specifically concerned with the claim. Alison is focused on obtaining the compensation which will allow clients to live as normally as possible.
Laura is renowned for her negotiating skills, ensuring that her clients recover the compensation they deserve in the shortest possible time.
Laura is proud to work for Thompsons because the firm gives her the opportunity to “make a difference” for clients and their families at a time when the injuries sustained have changed their lives for forever.
Laura has a music performance degree (BMus Hons) from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and plays the oboe and the cor anglais for various orchestras and wind ensembles in Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
Laura is also a keen runner, regularly completing half marathons. She is also Ladies Captain for her running club South Derbyshire Road Runners.
Successful Serious Injury Claims
Laura represented a school teacher who suffered a brain injury after stepping backwards and falling from an unseen drop. His injury was sustained during a game of ‘hide and seek’ on a family outing with his children in the grounds of a stately home.
It was argued that the owners should have taken greater steps to warn visitors of the sudden drop. Laura’s client received compensation for his injuries as he found that despite being able to return to his job as a teacher, his brain injury meant that he was no longer able to function at such a high level and became very easily fatigued.
Laura acted for a self-employed internet businessman who suffered a head injury and spinal fractures when he was forced to use the fire escape of his workplace as vandals could be heard causing damage to the floors below. The metal steps of the external fire escape had corroded and, as he descended the stairs, his foot went through one of the steps causing him to lose his balance and fall several storeys to the ground. The owners of the property admitted liability for their failure to maintain the fire escape and the claimant obtained compensation for his injuries.
Laura is a member of the West Midlands Brain Injury Forum. She is also a member of the steering group that organised an artwork exhibition created by those with brain injuries. Laura is a member of Headway, the brain injury association.
One of Laura’s clients sent her a message: “Thank you once again for all your help and support, you have been absolutely amazing. I’ve never met anyone so passionate about their work, so determined, so fiery, such compassion. You work to a standard that is far above and beyond excellence. You have always been a tower of strength to me during this difficult time.”