Litigation Executive, Clinical Negligence
Ashleigh has been running compensation cases on behalf of clients for more than 10 years and has been with Hudgell Solicitors since 2011.
She is a member of the clinical negligence team and her work includes representation following incidents of hospital negligence, prescription errors, missed fractures and orthopaedic claims, but the main focus of her case load is representing people who have suffered as a result of dental negligence.
Ashleigh has secured five figure damages, with settlements as high as £65,000, for a number of clients in cases relating to periodontal disease, leading to the avoidable loss of teeth
People turn to us for help when they have been badly let down by medical professionals and it is important that they feel that to us it is not just another case, but one in which we will give our all to get the very best result. I like to think that my clients know that from dealing with me as I am passionate about my work. The dental industry is one I see the worst elements of, with so many people suffering from substandard care, and often not realising until it is too late. I don’t believe there is enough regulation in the dental industry, it is not regulated tightly enough and too many dentists carry out treatment they have little or no experience in. It is why we handle so many cases.
Ashleigh secured £32,000 damages for a client who was shocked to be told he faced losing 12 teeth due to having widespread gum disease. This was despite him having seen his dentist for regular check-ups for 22 years. It was the view of independent experts, consulted as part of the case, that he would have lost no teeth with correct advice and treatment.
She was also successful in representing a first-time mum who suffered for months from constant pain, bleeding and infections after giving birth as packing used to stem bleeding after the birth had been accidentally left inside her, and was left there for five months before it was discovered. Such an error is classed as a ‘Never Event’ by NHS England – serious incidents that the NHS itself admits are ‘wholly preventable’.
Ashleigh also represented a number of people who were treated by a fraudulent dentist who wasn’t legally registered to practise, but had used false documentation to secure employment.