Based at Thompsons Solicitors’ Bristol office, Laura Rogers is an experienced solicitor working on cases where claimants have sustained a wide range of serious injuries whether through road accidents or at work.
Laura has her own caseload of claims and also assists in extremely complex cases where catastrophic or fatal injuries are involved and where multi-million pound damages are secured. The latter can involve clients who have sustained injuries to the spine and brain, or where amputations have occurred and where they have suffered long term psychological damage.
As part of her work on claims involving catastrophic injuries, Laura assesses whether the client has a case, scrutinises statements and reports and visits the scene of an accident where appropriate. She ensures that all relevant evidence is obtained through commissioning medical and other experts and assesses whether court action is requited to enforce disclosure of documents.
Laura prepares documentation for meetings aimed at achieving negotiated settlements and ahead of court proceedings which she attends where necessary. As part of this process she communicates with defendants’ representatives and advises clients on the adequacy of any offer defendants may make. Laura will ensure that interim compensation is forthcoming to ensure that clients’ needs are met during the legal process.
Laura, who takes cases from all over the South West, qualified in 2017 and has been involved in personal injury litigation for more than seven years. Many of Laura’s claims have involved employers’ and public liability.
Laura is proud of Thompsons record of only working on behalf of the injured party and never for those who might have caused the injury of their insurance companies. She values the ability to remain close to clients from the beginning of a case to the conclusion, keeping them up-to-date with developments at all times.
Laura is an avid fan of the Wales rugby team and supports the Dragons, the Newport-based regional team.
She keeps fit by going to the gym and has run the London Marathon, raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. She has taken part in the three peaks challenge during which participants ascend the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon respectively). She now intends to take part in a triathlon. When time allows she loves to socialise with friends and family.
Laura has been involved in a series of extremely important cases during her time at Thompsons.
Seven figure compensation was secured for a woman in her 60s who sustained life-changing injuries in a road accident. Thompsons secured a lump sum and regular payments for the client who needed life-long personal care.
An out of court seven-figure settlement was won for a young man who suffered a serious head injury in a road accident. Liability was heavily contested.
Thompsons secured six figure damages for a young man who fell from a height suffering a range of catastrophic injuries including severe brain trauma. The Health and Safety Executive successfully prosecuted the defendant for breaches of the law, but the defendant insisted that the claimant was partly at fault. Thompsons successfully negotiated a substantial settlement.
Another claim centred on a cyclist who suffered a range of physical injuries in a road accident, but sustained what was considered at the time to be a mild head injury. Unfortunately some time later the claimant developed epilepsy. The defendant disputed Thompsons’ contention that it was a direct result of the accident, but the claimant was delighted with a six figure settlement.
A client wrote a letter to Laura and Lisa Gunner, who is also Thompsons solicitor: “I wanted to express a heartfelt gratitude to you both. It’s been a long journey and while I do not know what the future holds with re-gards 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”