Hudgell Solicitors’ reputation as a leading UK medical negligence and personal injury claims specialist has been further enhanced with a double shortlisting at a national legal awards night.
The firm has been shortlisted in both the Clinical Negligence Team of the Year and Personal Injury Team of the Year categories at the 2017 Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards, a prestigious law awards event now in its 10th year.
It comes as the firm, which represents thousands of clients across England and Wales, has combined its success in representing people who suffer serious injury with campaigning for changes and improvements in healthcare services, and to protect the legal support available for those harmed in accidents.
The awards shortlisting follows the firm also being named as one of the finalists in the Law Firm of the Year category at the Yorkshire Legal Awards.
Success marks 20 years of Hudgell Solicitors providing legal support to injured people
Marking its 20th year in business, Hudgell Solicitors has not only enjoyed a year of success in terms of securing significant damages settlements for clients, but also in how its clinical negligence and personal injury teams in London, Leeds and Hull have gone the extra mile.
Medical negligence specialists have supported health awareness campaigns and brought major areas of healthcare concern under the spotlight.
This included supporting an ITV Tonight investigation into ‘Never Events’ – mistakes the NHS accepts are ‘wholly preventable’ but have the potential to cause patients ‘serious harm or death’.
Having worked on an increasing number of cases, Hudgell Solicitors helped bring the matter under the national spotlight when London-based medical negligence specialist Renu Daly was interviewed about a case in which patient Frank Hibbard had a medical swab left inside him for 13 years.
The swab was left in his pelvis while removing his prostate, and when he died of cancer a coroner said the swab had contributed to his death.
Bringing key issues in the health sector which impact on patients under the spotlight was also the focus following a case handled by Hull-based solicitor Michelle Tebbutt, who supported the family of a man who died in hospital after mistakenly drinking a full bottle of hand sanitiser on a hospital ward when in a confused state.
John Haughey, 76, consumed the equivalent of a litre of gin when drinking the 75% alcohol hand gel from the bottom of his hospital bed.
The case resulted in a national safety investigation with NHS England, and as a result, redesigns of bottles to limit the amount they dispense, and new protocols for medical professionals to follow should similar incidents happen, are now being considered.
Track record of campaigning and rehabilitation was key in securing awards recognition
Hudgells’ Personal Injury team has also combined successfully representing clients with campaigning.
This has seen chief executive Amanda Stevens use her respected position in the industry to represent personal injury claims firms by strongly opposing Government proposals on claims valued at less than £5,000.
She has warned the changes could lead to victims being denied access to much-needed treatment, being unable to secure compensation they are deserving of, and ultimately may prove a further burden on the NHS due to injuries worsening due to physiotherapy not being provided.
Solicitors in all offices have also repeatedly secured rehabilitation support packages for clients in the early stages of the legal process – often long before liability has been admitted by defendants – whilst also securing substantial final damages settlements.
These included a £500,000 damages settlement secured by Leeds-based serious injury claims specialist Samuel McFadyen, alongside a long-term rehabilitation support package, to help a young man who suffered a serious leg break at work rebuild his life and regain independence, mobility and employment.
Similar support was provided to a schoolboy who suffered long term physical and psychological injuries when slicing through his hand with a bill hook on work experience at a farm, with a £350,000 damages settlement ensuring a vital programme of rehabilitation support.
In another case, the expertise of solicitor Nick Stojanovic in Leeds, a Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), saw a client receive a £225,000 damages settlement when insurers had initially offered just £5,000 compensation.
All this comes as Hudgell Solicitors continues to provide substantial support within the community, including having helped brain injury survivor Paul Spence establish his own charity and drop-in support centre in Hull, mentoring and assisting those facing the same long hard road to recovery he experienced himself.
Managing director Neil Hudgell said: “Being shortlisted in both the personal injury and clinical negligence awards is a great achievement for our teams and reflects their dedication to providing not only the very best legal advice, but also providing the best standards of client care to each and every person that turns to us in a time of need.
“Alongside our shortlisting in the Law Firm of the Year category at the 2017 Yorkshire Legal Awards, this reflects our standing across the industry, and how we are recognised as leaders in these fields. It is something we are very proud of.”