David Thomas -
Partner, Medical Negligence
T: 0345 357 9400
F: 0345 357 9449
Based in: London
Medical Negligence Claims and Personal Injury Claims
David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and a Partner of the firm. He is based in our London office and heads his own team representing membership organisations and private clients.
David has over 20 years' experience acting exclusively for Claimants and his area of expertise involves complex and high value medical negligence and personal injury claims with particular emphasis on catastrophic birth injury cases. He also accepts instructions in life changing catastrophic personal injury cases occurring on the roads, in the workplace and public places.
- M v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust – Complex and high value Cerebral Palsy birth injury case involving sub-standard neonatal care in a district hospital maternity unit in the 1980s
- M v Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust – Claimant (a child) sustained shoulder dystocia/brachial plexus injury leading to Erb’s Palsy as a result of a negligently performed forceps delivery during her birth causing long-term functional deficit of the right arm
- C v P&S NHS Trust - Failure to identify calcium deficiency in a patient following thyroid surgery, leading to life threatening hypocalcaemic tetany and a debilitating psychiatric reaction in a high earning individual
- Nathan Scott Matthews (dec'd) - Re HM Coroner for Oxfordshire - David acted in Inquest proceedings for the family of a 11 year old boy who tragically drowned during a supervised school swimming lesson at Thame leisure centre
- Beaver v NFU insurance - David secured substantial damages for a Postman who was rendered paraplegic in a head-on collision with the defendants vehicle
- C v UCLH NHS Trust - Failure to diagnose injury to internal organs in Accident and Emergency, following a significant trauma, leading to extensive peritonitis and the need for extensive colorectal surgery, which would otherwise have been avoided
- P v Dr B – Client sustained a puncture injury to his aorta while undergoing laparoscopic surgery for acid reflux, resulting in near death and starvation of oxygen to his bowel causing long-term complications. Settled for £250,000 at Joint Settlement Meeting
- Lindsay v Cambridge City Council - David successfully represented the claimant in a case where the defendant sought to withdraw an admission of liability. The court refused the defendants application and the claimant was awarded damages of £180,000
- Alam v Estate of Balbinder Singh (dec'd) - David recovered substantial damages for a Postman who suffered moderately severe brain damage when the vehicle in which he was travelling crashed into a stationary mechanical digger
- Subtle brain injury claim - David recovered £283,000 for a 50 year old Sales Executive who sustained a blow to the back of her head when a passing bus's wing mirror clipped her boot lid whilst she was standing beneath it.
- Missed diagnosis claim – David represented the family of a man whose illness had failed to be diagnosed on three occasions by doctors at Bedford Hospital. Two CT scans and an MRI showed the rare condition - chronic mesenteric ischemia (CMI) – but concerns were not raised and ultimately these errors resulted in the man’s death. The Coroner was very critical of the hospitals failings and recorded that the deceased would have made a full recovery but for the hospital negligence.
David is a regular contributor to the legal press and has had articles published in the Solicitors Journal and Legal Executive Journal including ''Double Trouble - Who pays for care in catastrophic injury claims?'' Part 36 Costs Brief: ''Winning Margin'' and ''Play The Part'', and "Civil practice update: Assessing future losses in fatal accident cases’’. David has also contributed to government consultation on Civil Funding and the Claims Process.
David is recommended by the Legal 500 UK 2017 Edition. They explain: "Department head David Thomas is experienced in high-value cases and specialises in birth injury claims including cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy; he recently acted on a case involving delayed diagnosis of malignant melanoma, obtaining a £150,000 settlement on behalf of his client."
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
- Senior Litigator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
- Member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Panel
- Accredited Mediator
His hobbies include mountain walking, football, cricket and golf. David is a dedicated fundraiser for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) and one of his proudest achievements is climbing the Tibet side of Mount Everest and raising over £6,000 for TCT.