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Caroline Murgatroyd

Caroline Murgatroyd

Clinical Negligence Team Supervisor and Solicitor, Leeds

cm@hudgellsolicitors.co.uk

Areas of specialism

A full spectrum of clinical negligence, ranging from dental negligence and delays in diagnosis to brain injuries, fatalities and loss of limb cases.

Expertise and key strengths

I have acted for a number of clients who have suffered very serious, life-changing injuries. I have also represented families at inquests. Providing clear, thoughtful advice, so my client understands the process and the evidential issues we need to address, is paramount.

Clinical negligence claims are inherently complex in nature and can take several years to reach a conclusion. It is important to understand a client’s objectives, which may not always be for financial redress, but who may also want to understand why something has happened to them or a loved one, and how this can be avoided in future.

My career

I joined Hudgell Solicitors as a solicitor in 2010. I previously worked at Atherton Godfrey Solicitors in Doncaster as a solicitor, and completed my training contract at a firm in Manchester. I completed my law degree at the University of Leeds in 2005.

Proudest professional achievement: I acted for a man who attended hospital on a number of occasions, complaining of worsening back pain only to be repeatedly sent home with a diagnosis of muscular pain.

Finally, he was admitted and diagnosed with a spinal abscess. By that time, he was virtually paraplegic.

As a result of the delayed diagnosis, he was left significantly disabled and was unable to return to work and suffered severe pain on daily basis.

It was a very complex case and we asked a number of experts for their expertise on the case before obtaining a settlement for the client of £950,000.

The case gained coverage in the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post and was discussed on BBC Radio Leeds.

To achieve this settlement was an excellent result for the client and very satisfying as a solicitor. You get to know your clients very well and it’s very satisfying to see a case settled in their favour, allowing them to move on with their lives.

Qualifications and professional memberships

  • LLB with Honours
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Member of the Leeds Medical Legal Society

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