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No win, no fee Medical Negligence claims

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Instruct an experienced medical negligence lawyer today at no upfront cost. Under our No Win, No Fee agreement you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation you are awarded if your case is successful.

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What is medical negligence?

What is medical negligence?

Medical negligence is when treatment is provided by a medical professional which falls below the minimum acceptable standard, either causing an injury or making an injury or condition worse.

If this has happened to you, or a loved one, our medical negligence solicitors may be able to help you claim the compensation you deserve. We will also ask for an explanation as to why and how it happened along with an appropriate apology and assurances that steps have been taken to prevent it from happening again to someone else.

Decades of experience

Decades of experience

We’re one of the UK’s leading medical negligence compensation claims teams. Our specialist solicitors have decades of experience in succeeding in the most serious and complex cases.

Our medical negligence lawyers will take the time to understand what you’re going through.

We understand you’ll want to know why things went wrong and how things will change.

We will work to help you get the answers you deserve, along with the compensation you need to make the best recovery possible.

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Specialists in Medical Negligence

Specialists in Medical Negligence
  • Over 40 years of experience in handling cases involving serious injuries sustained through medical negligence.
  • Leaders in securing clinical negligence compensation settlements and helping clients make the best possible recovery.
  • Experienced medical negligence lawyers will take the time to understand what you’re going through.
  • Expert team led by Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel member Chris Moore and senior solicitor Vince Shore.
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How to make a medical negligence claim

How to make a claim

Make a claim in six easy steps

Step 1

Free Initial Advice

Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.

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Step 2


We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually we will be able to offer you a No win, No fee agreement.

Step 3

Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports

We will request copies of your medical records and instruct appropriate medical experts to prepare reports confirming whether your care was negligent and how this caused you injury.

Step 4

Letter Of Claim

We will send a letter to your healthcare provider with details of your claim, setting out why we think your care was negligent and how this caused you injury.

Step 5

Prepare Claim Valuation

We will put together a schedule of loss setting out the losses you have incurred and the extent of the injuries you have sustained.

Step 6

Negotiate Settlement

We will send all the evidence to your healthcare provider inviting their settlement proposals. If we cannot agree a reasonable settlement, we will prepare court proceedings.

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A South Yorkshire Hospital Trust has agreed a seven-figure compensation settlement with a patient who brought a legal claim against it after being left paralysed by a rare metabolic disorder. Despite the rareness of the condition – acute intermittent porphyria – it was alleged doctors at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust should have diagnosed it […]

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We’re always committed to getting the optimum outcome for you.

Hudgell Solicitors took my case on and my expectations were exceeded. All persons at Hudgell are professional and courteous. My claim was one against Norfolk Police. Without going into details, the Police had clearly been in the wrong and were in process of accusing me of exactly what they had actually done to me and a further cover up of the truth. Hudgell took my instructions and were in contact with me during the whole process and brought about a very satisfactory outcome. To be clear...Satisfactory is a very good outcome. I would recommend Hudgell without question. I feel I have been treated respectfully and my case notes were engrained into those at Hudgell that helped me get a conclusion to the most heinous acts from the Norfolk Police.
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Philip Moore
My brother was the victim of quite a bad motorcycle accident where he was not at fault. Sadly he only held third party cover so whilst he was in hospital I was asked by him to find a solicitor to claim against the third party. After doing some research I chose Hudgell to help us (even tho Neil Hudgell is the owner of the dreaded Hull KR and I am a massive FC fan). INITIAL CONTACT I made contact by phone and this was a simple conversation. The member of staff was very friendly and extremely helpful. All the questions I had were dealt with and I was very happy with the outcome of the call. FOLLOWING INITAL CONTACT. Within half an hour of contacting Hudgell’s a senior manager made contact with me and discussed what would happen next. Again this was very personal and really helpful. After another half an hour Sam (my brother’s now solicitor) called me. We chatted about what had happened and what he was planning to do initially. Sam was really friendly and understanding. He put me at ease right away and explained everything clearly and directly answering all questions I had. Within a week of the claim being opened Sam and Laura (Chartered Legal Executive) visited my brother in hospital. They helped put him at ease immediately and talked through what would happen, what their objectives were and also but more importantly made my brother understand that they would do everything to help him in any way he needed. After this meeting in the hospital we were happy that this claim was in safe hands. Sam the Solicitor A very friendly chap who shoots from the hip and tells you a spade is a spade. A chap who doesn’t make promises he can’t keep. A really likable man who you would want to have a pint with and we did not always look at him as the solicitor. He kept us updated at all stages and was always contactable. I did have one heated conversation with Sam BUT this was a good thing. I say this because he is very passionate about his job sometimes when a third person (me) is acting on behalf of the victim (my brother) it can be a little hard at times to please everyone. He took all we threw at him and directed us really well. Sam thank you for all your hard work, your support and the outcome. Laura Chartered Legal Executive What can I say about Laura, an absolute gem this lady is. Professional, very committed to her job, compassionate, More than helpful, caring and really cared in my opinion about my brother and his recovery. Every contact we had with Laura was amazing. She is one of those people who puts you at ease right away. Laura dealt with every problem with put at her feet, every question we had she dealt with and if she could not answer there and then she would find the answers we needed. If we had a problem she would find a solution. Again always contactable and if she could not respond immediately to a call she would call back within the business day. Laura thank you for all your hard work, Thank you for being there when we were dealing with all the problems we had. Both Sam and yourself are a credit to your company and your profession. The service provided by Hudgell’s far exceeded what we expected. If you need the services Hudgell provides then I would highly recommend your choice of solicitors is this company.
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Mark Fox
I was represented/instructed by Mobeena Salim, who was always available when i wanted to discuss my case, which was reassuring and comforting. We were able to pressure the defendants who eventually agreed to settle and this meant we did not have the drawn out court process! Overall, i am happy with the service, only criticism is that i feel we could have settled a higher amonut if we continued negotiations. Would use this firm again! Thanks for everything.
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S C Williams
I am sorry but the person's name that dealt with me who was admin was Natasha - my name is definitely not Natalie but obviously it shows how much attention you pay to people's particulars and case details. So sorry not interested in your services - as previously mentioned when it comes to medical negligence, you are impersonal, inefficient and inaccurate. Also the comment went on TP on the 22nd March and you provided yet another generic response on the 2nd April.
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What is medical negligence?

Medical negligence is when treatment is provided by a medical professional which falls below the minimum acceptable standard, either causing an injury or making an injury or condition worse.

If this has happened to you, or a loved one, our medical negligence solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation.

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What are the most common medical negligence claims?

Most commonly, successful claims relate to;

  • Misdiagnosis – When conditions should have been diagnosed earlier by a GP or specialist, such as failing to conduct proper examinations or wrongly interpreting or missing conditions on scans and x-rays, leading to inappropriate treatment.
  • Birth injuries – To mothers and babies during pregnancy or birth, such as lifelong injuries caused to children such as cerebral palsy and Erb’s Palsy, or avoidable injuries to the mother during or after birth.
  • Surgical errors – Such as causing damage to nerves, arteries and organs, by operating in the wrong place, leaving swabs or other items in patients or making anaesthesia mistakes.
  • GP Negligence – Such as failing to refer patients to see specialists or have tests, not taking patients’ medical history into account or making prescription errors.
  • Hospital negligence – Accident and Emergency departments failing to correctly diagnose injuries or illnesses, or ensure appropriate assessments and scans. Dehydration, malnutrition and bed sores can be due to poor hospital care.
  • Wrongful treatment of fractures – The failure to carry out x-rays, properly treat fractures and performed surgery wrongly.
  • Optician negligence – Such as failing to correctly diagnose eye problems leading to incorrect or delayed treatment and worsening conditions.

What will my compensation claim cover and provide for me?

At Hudgell Solicitors we pride ourselves on providing immediate support to our clients, which continues throughout all medical negligence compensation claims to conclusion and beyond. This includes;

  • Immediate practical help – Dealing with practical issues immediately at hand, from speaking to employers to signposting to charities and organisations able to offer support.
  • Independent medical opinions – If required we will secure independent medical opinions on the treatment provided to you. This can be crucial in securing admissions of negligence.
  • Financial assistance – We always seek to agree early interim payments with defendants to provide vital support required, such as for home adaptations or aids and equipment.
  • Rehabilitation – We work with some of the country’s best case managers and rehabilitation experts who oversee complete packages of physical, psychological and physiotherapy support.
  • Support with a long-term focus –We partner with financial experts to provide advice after settlement to make sure your compensation has the maximum positive, long-term impact.

How will Hudgell Solicitors help me throughout my claim?

As one of the UK’s leading medical negligence compensation claims teams, our solicitors have decades of experience in succeeding in even the most complex of cases. We understand you’ll want to know why things went wrong and how things will change, and will work to secure you the compensation you need to make the best recovery possible.

How much compensation will I get from my medical negligence claim?

The amount you can expect to receive in medical negligence compensation depends on your specific case details. Factors affecting your NHS compensation can include the nature of your injury or illness, the impact the negligence has on your day-to-day health, your ability to work and your future health, including any long-term care.

Compensation damages may be awarded for:

  • Pain and suffering caused
  • Loss of earnings and future loss of earnings (such as being at a disadvantage in the labour market/loss of employability and reduction in potential earnings.)
  • Cost of surgery or medical procedures required after the negligence
  • Adaptions required to your home to help with daily living
  • Costs of occupational therapy requirements, such as aids and appliances to assist with daily needs
  • Costs of current or future care
  • Travel expenses for medical appointments or equipment

How quickly can I get compensation?

There is no set answer, however, our team are dedicated to securing interim compensation payments wherever possible, helping people overcome financial worries and cover the cost of much-needed treatment, rehabilitation and often home adaptations.

We have secured many six and seven-figure interim payments in the most serious of cases leading to life-long injuries, ensuring vital support is provided whilst legal proceedings continue.

Can I make a medical negligence claim on behalf of a child?

Agreed settlements will need to be approved by the court, but our expert medical negligence solicitors will guide you through this process.

What is the time limit for making a medical negligence claim?

If aged 18 and over, you will typically have three years from the date that the negligence occurred or from the date that you became aware of negligent treatment.

For under-18s, there is no time limit. However, once a child reaches 18, the standard 3-year claim period comes into effect.

Will I need to go to court to claim medical negligence compensation?

Medical negligence claims rarely need to go to court, and usually only do so in very complex cases.

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Wrongful Births

The term wrongful birth is used when babies are born with injuries or disabilities which medical professionals should have detected during pregnancy. A failure to inform mothers/parents denies them the opportunity to take a very difficult decision as to whether to continue with the pregnancy. Listen to Samantha Darwin, a senior medical negligence solicitor, explain […]

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NHS Investigation Reports

What is an NHS Investigation Report and what can you expect from one? These reports are produced by NHS Trusts following an investigation into a serious incident which occurred during a patient’s medical care. They can highlight lapses in treatment and organisational systems, such as appointments not being sent out. Reports should also identify steps […]

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