His national responsibilities include developing policy on personal injury litigation strategy, working on campaign initiatives and ensuring best practice across Thompsons’ personal injury work. He works closely with trade unions, industry groups and the teams of dedicated lawyers in Thompsons’ offices who specialise in handling accident and disease cases.
Before being appointed head of personal injury strategy, Gerard dealt with many hundreds of successful accident and disease cases, working from several of Thompsons Solicitors' offices. In particular, he ran high-value accident cases for victims of serious injuries and for bereaved families. He also ran many successful disease cases including claims relating to industrial deafness, vibration injuries, work-related upper limb disorders, skin and respiratory conditions and work-related stress injuries.
A particularly important victory was the case of Wembridge and others v ESFRS (2013), a claim for several injured firefighters and the widow of one fatally injured fire service worker which arose from the Marlie Farm explosives incident of 2006.
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Successful accident at work claims
Below, you will find just a small selection of the accident at work claims that Gerard has dealt with in Thompsons Solicitors' London office.
Below knee amputation for railway worker
A railway worker, required to work in a dangerous location near a high speed line, slipped and fell under a train. He suffered serious injuries and ultimately underwent a below the knee amputation on one of his legs. The defendant’s insurers denied liability but, after High Court proceedings were issued, eventually settled the claim.Gerard recovered a significant six figure sum in compensation for this client to recognise his injuries and compensate him for loss of earnings and pension and for the costs of care and home alterations.
Railway worker suffers serious head injury
While working on the track, a railway worker was struck by a train and suffered a serious head injury and brain injury which caused him loss of function, memory lapses and a change of personality. Liability was denied by the two defendants but the claim was eventually settled for a seven figure sum, reduced for contributory negligence.
Death of firefighter in a fire
The widow and children of a firefighter killed at work while tackling a blaze in a basement brought a claim against his employer for failures in incident command and in the provision of safe working equipment. No admission of liability was made by the defendants and of course no amount of money can compensate for the loss of a loved one. However, a significant six figure sum settlement was negotiated, reflecting the significant financial loss the family had suffered.
Gerard is accredited by The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers as a senior litigator.