Senior Solicitor, Clinical Negligence
Jodi is a senior solicitor handling serious clinical negligence claims with a particular focus on birth negligence cases relating to life-changing injuries such as cerebral and Erb’s palsy.
She is recognised as being a lawyer adept at handling some of the most complex and sensitive matters with confidence, with her work focussed around ensuring people have appropriate packages of life-long care and support.
Jodi also has cases involving amputees and limb deformities as a result of medical negligence, spinal surgery, organ transplant surgery, nursing errors, claims against fertility clinics, plastic surgery, gynaecological injuries and dentistry.
I pride myself in taking a sensitive, personal, thoughtful, thorough and tenacious approach to all clients who turn to me for help as I know it is crucial that I help ease the pain of the litigation process for vulnerable and very unwell clients, whilst also giving them complete confidence that I will secure significant damages on their behalf.
In my work I have handled the most distressing and upsetting cases involving fatal misdiagnosis in children, cancer patients, missed blood clots and misdiagnosis leading to amputation, blindness, brain injuries and sepsis.
When you speak to families who have lost loved ones, or seen their lives forever changed as a result of negligence, it only adds to your drive and determination to firstly secure them the answers they need, but also importantly hopefully prevent the mistakes happening again and more people suffering in the future.
Cases such as cerebral and Erb’s palsy can take years of work to achieve the best possible financial and rehabilitative outcome for young clients. I am always aware that we are the only people fighting in their best interests, and that of their families, during difficult years
Many of my cases have values of seven figures given the catastrophic, lifelong injuries suffered, and she was a recommended lawyer in the respected Legal 500 guide in 2018, reflecting her achievements and expertise. Jodi joined Hudgell Solicitors in 2018 as a key addition to our London team, having worked for two other firms in the capital, including heading a clinical negligence and personal injury department.
I am working on numerous cases with settlement values in excess of seven figures at any one time but it is never only about the final damages figure, but about how much our final position positively impacts on our clients lives.
One of the most significant cases I worked on arose out of the tragic death of a two-year-old boy who died of pneumonia having not been sent to a specialist despite being seen four times by medical professionals over a five day period. At inquest the coroner recommended changes in policy to how referrals are made to specialists for children under five in the trust area. This was hugely important to the boy’s mother, and for myself, as it was the only positive outcome we could have secured from such a tragic situation.
I also secured negotiated a settlement in a case involving the delayed diagnosis of laryngeal cancer where the client survived and she and her husband used their compensation to purchase a property in a less urban part of London. Her breathing and speech was forever compromised, so she needed to live somewhere more rural to aid her recovery from treatment. Their compensation helped them re-build their lives after months of gruelling and painful treatment.
Career, qualifications and memberships
- APIL Senior Litigator
- Dedicated supporter of Action against Medical Accidents (AVMA) – volunteered on their helpline