Hudgell Solicitors has enjoyed a year of further growth and increased national profile in 2016 as we have secured industry recognition for our campaigning, the achievements of our business and key people, and our continued commitment to supporting victims of personal injury and medical negligence.
Here is a look back at the second half of our year in 2016:
- The Hudgell Solicitors ‘Moth for Amy’ is revealed as part of the Amy Johnson Festival in Hull, helping raise awareness and paying tribute to her achievements as an aviator and engineer. A total of 59 moths appear around the city, with the Hudgell Solicitors moth situated in Nelson Street. The moth is unique in that during daylight it is plain white, but at night the message of ‘fly me to the moon’ is revealed.
- Clinical Negligence solicitor Caroline Murgatroyd appears on radio stations across the UK with client Stephen Badham to talk about the avoidable death of his mother Mary, who died when doctors failed to spot ‘red flag symptoms’ of bowel cancer. Mr Badham was told his mother could have lived ‘at least another 10 years had the cancer been diagnosed at an earlier opportunity. It came as national research, carried out on behalf of Hudgell Solicitors, revealed that a quarter of people (25%) felt their doctors simply didn’t give them enough time at their appointments, with one in 10 saying they feel a visit to a GP rarely solves their health problem.
- Our team lends its support to national mother and baby charity Baby Lifeline as it launches a new campaign to improve maternity care standards across the UK. The ‘Monitoring for Mums Appeal’ , for which Hudgell Solicitors helped provide a new fundraising website and secured national media coverage, won support from leading specialists with its call for a new national standardisation of in-house hospital training programmes in a bid to reduce stillbirth rates, avoid preventable brain injuries and promote normal birth.
- Further development comes for the firm in West Yorkshire as our team moves into new premises in the heart of the Leeds legal district. The purchase of the new £750,000 offices in Park Place, set over four floors, provides an indication of Hudgell Solicitors’ commitment to the region as it continues to enhance its national reputation.
- Head of Legal Practice Amanda Stevens is presented with a prestigious national award in recognition of her dedication to ensuring seriously injured people are provided with the rehabilitation support they need on the road to recovery. She is presented with the ‘Outstanding Individual Achievement’ prize at the Rehabilitation First Awards in London – an award selected by judges to recognise those who have ‘set themselves apart from their peers by the sheer weight and significance of their contribution to the UK rehabilitation industry. The firm is also highly commended for its own work in this area, and its long term support of a family left devastated by the death of a mother and daughter.
- The 2016 Legal 500 guide lists Hudgell Solicitors for clinical negligence in London for the first time, and again for both medical negligence and personal injury in Yorkshire and the Humber.
- Solicitor Caroline Murgatroyd is shortlisted in the ‘Rising Star’ category of the Yorkshire Legal Awards.
- As part of the national Baby Loss Awareness Week, our client Laura Cuthbert tells how she lost her unborn baby Chloe after doctors delayed treating a virus. She says she hopes that by telling her family’s story, other mums will demand more answers from doctors when concerned during their pregnancies.
- Solicitor Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp, head of clinical negligence and personal injury in London, calls for changes to the laws around compensation following fatal medical errors and accidents, saying values placed on cases often ‘completely fail’ the families involved, particularly for parents whose children are stillborn. Mrs Rhodes-Kemp, who sits as an assistant coroner herself, says the laws are ‘outdated by several hundred years’ and calls for higher statutory bereavement awards and for more family members to be able to claim compensation.
- A hard-hitting campaign to coincide with Road Safety Week is headed by Hudgell Solicitors in a bid to make people finally switch-off their mobile phones before getting behind the wheel to drive. Our ‘Switch Off’ campaign, which wins the support of Road Safety GB, sees dramatic images shared on social media depicting the devastation which can be caused to lives when people use their mobiles behind the wheel, in a bid to make drivers think twice before they set off on their journeys. A social media campaign is also launched sharing information on how to turn mobile phones into potential life-savers by using the ‘Medical ID’ facility which enables emergency services to access vital health information of injured people. As part of the campaign and with the Brain Injury Group, children from primary schools in Hull and Guildford create posters to take home to their families to encourage discussions around the dangers on the roads and how to stay safe.
- A new home is found in Hull as our main headquarters move to a new three-storey complex in the Fruit Market and Marina waterfront area of Hull. It means the firm is well placed to be at heart of celebrations and events in its home city in 2017, marking its year as UK City of Culture in Hull, for which it is a supporting partner as a member of the Hull 2017 Business Club.
- A case in which Hudgell Solicitors supported a family who lost their three-year-old daughter is highlighted in national media coverage to raise awareness of Sepsis and to call for improved health care and training in UK hospitals. The Daily Mail features the case of Blessing Matia as part of its ‘End the Sepsis Scandal’ campaign. Blessing sadly died after having chicken pox, as doctors failed to recognise the danger she was in and prescribe the anti-biotics which would have saved her. Days later, the newspaper reveals that every new mother is now to be warned to look for signs of sepsis in their baby and that for the first time, all doctors and nurses will be trained to look for the signs of an illness that claims 44,000 lives a year. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he decided to take charge of launching an awareness campaign having seen the newspaper’s coverage, saying it made him think of the danger to his own children.
- An admission of breach of duty is secured from Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in relation to a grieving mother being wrongly informed there would be no ashes from her stillborn baby’s cremation. The admission is welcomed by Andrew Petherbridge, of Hudgell Solicitors, who has been representing Claire Clappison and seven other families in similar circumstances over the issue
- Chris Moore, Joint Head of Clinical Negligence in Hull, is named as one of the leading UK experts in a newly published guide to best legal talent across the globe. He is crowned Personal Injury and Brain Injury Claims Lawyer of the Year in the 2016 Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards, an annually published list of world-leading law firms and individuals.
IN THE NEWS:
Cases involving Hudgell Solicitors have made national headline news on many occasions throughout 2016. Here are some examples of where our work has been highlighted in the national media:
The frighteningly common medical horror stories Nursery worker left with bald patch following Toni & Guy appointment Blunders that killed our lovely daughter Woman handed five-figure payout after blunders led to twin being stillborn Family to sue police after man 34, found in freezing lake after ‘four minute search’ Dementia sufferer killed by two weeks in a care home
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