Based at Thompsons Solicitors’ Leeds centre, Phil Kyte is a senior solicitor dealing with cases resulting from accidents in the workplace.

Phil’s caseload involves claims from clients who have sustained injuries in a wide range of workplaces such as construction sites, offices, educational establishments, factories and shops.

Phil prides himself, not only on his considerable legal expertise, but on his ability to build relationships with clients when they are often undergoing the most stressful time of their lives. He always keeps his clients up-to-date with the latest developments in their case, while ensuring they are awarded the compensation they deserve as quickly as possible.

Phil's Case Experience

Here is a small sample of the cases run by Phil during his long career at the Leeds office of Thompsons Solicitors:

Phil gained £575,000 in damages for a young man who lost the tips of three fingers after they were jammed in a copper rolling mill. His employer denied liability because the young worker had ignored instructions and had worn gloves to remove metal sheeting from the machine. Phil discovered that neither his client nor his colleagues had been properly trained and that it was impossible to remove the metal from the machine without wearing gloves because it was extremely hot.

The young man became extremely self-conscious about his disability and Phil secured interim payments to pay for prosthetic fingers. The employer continued to deny liability but was persuaded by Phil to attend meetings where the settlement was achieved.

Phil gained damages of £425,000 for a paramedic whose right hand was accidentally crushed between two vehicle doors by a colleague. Despite a series of operations, his hand was permanently disabled and he was unable to continue as a paramedic, a job he loved. The client continued to work for the NHS as a clinical adviser with the 111 service on lower pay.

A settlement of £177,000 was achieved for a factory worker whose leg was badly burned as he used a defective propane torch. While his employers conceded liability, they were initially only prepared to offer £40,000. The incident happened when - unbeknown to the client - the pipe leading from the torch to the propane bottle was leaking. When he lit the torch his clothes burst into flames. He managed to get his overalls off, but he sustained serious burns to his leg. He needed skin grafts but he was left with scarring and he no longer wears shorts.

The case was complicated by the fact that the client suffered serious long term psychological effects. Phil’s client care skills came into their own as he guided the factory worker through the legal process. The employer agreed the higher settlement after Phil secured key medical evidence.

A client received £400,000 in damages after he was forced to retire early through ill health following a trip at work. The man suffered injuries to his lower back after a lift failed to reach the correct level. His condition worsened and he needed strong painkillers to cope with his injuries.

Phil secured compensation of £100,000 for a client who was struck by a fork lift truck at his workplace and run over. The man suffered fractures to the pelvis and other serious injuries. While the client wore all the relevant safety clothing including a high visibility jacket, it was clear that this particular area of the workplace had been badly organised. The man was forced to undergo several operations, but was left with permanently damaged internal organs.

An NHS service user spat at a healthcare assistant who lost most of the sight in one eye after developing an infection. The trust then took precautionary measures, but it was not the first incident of its kind. The client, who might have to undergo more operations, received £100,000 shortly before the trial – compared with the £40,000 she was originally offered.

Professional Membership

Phil is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Testimonials

“I would like to send a massive thanks to you for all you have done for me in the last five years and I wish you happiness and success in all you do.” 

“Thompsons have been excellent in getting the compensation after we were all badly injured in a car accident four years ago.  Without your help I don't think we would be feeling financially secure. A very big thank you to everyone involved at Thompsons.”