Kirsty Yates

Senior Litigation Executive

Service Area



Litigation can be a daunting prospect for anyone. My goal is to simplify the legal jargon and take any unnecessary pressure away from my clients while achieving successful outcomes for them.

Get to Know Kirsty

Kirsty represents clients in medical negligence compensation claims. Her cases are varied and cover areas including fatal injuries, delays in diagnosis, misdiagnosis and dental negligence. 

Kirsty is a litigation executive and has been representing clients at Hudgells since 2013. She fully appreciates that as well as securing the maximum compensation that her clients fully deserve, successful settlements can also ensure they receive further physical and psychological treatment to ensure their recovery. 

Kirsty is also experienced in supporting families with claims following the loss of a loved one due to negligent treatment and care and often supports them in obtaining a Grant of Representation.

Career Highlights

After district nurses allowed an 84-year-old woman to develop severe pressure sores, causing her agonising pain, I secured a five-figure damages settlement. 

The woman had Alzheimer’s disease and was bedbound with nurses visiting her three times a week.  

It was a sad and avoidable incident but the case resulted in the NHS Trust responsible for her care admitting it had not properly assessed the patient or placed her on an appropriate mattress 

Recently, I secured a settlement for the family of a 51-year-old father who died as a result of a bowel obstruction after an ambulance crew left him at home despite his symptoms.  

Yorkshire Ambulance Service admitted breach of duty of care and it was accepted that had he been taken to hospital he would likely have undergone surgery which would have saved his life.  

I felt extremely privileged to obtain an acknowledgment that something went seriously wrong, which achieved some form of closure for my client and her family.  

Another of my clients was fitted with an incorrect heart device, an error which led to multiple surgical procedures, the development of sepsis and an acute kidney injury.  

I was pleased that we were able to obtain an admission of liability from the NHS Trust and my client was awarded £50,000 compensation settlement that he fully deserved. 

Giving More

Hudgell Solicitors supports staff doing community voluntary work in office hours and I’ve helped out with the Hull and East Yorkshire cancer support charity HER Breast Friends. 

I’ve also fundraised, walking 1.9 miles every day for 19 days, for ‘Martin’s Mountain’ – founded by Martin Hibbert – who survived the Manchester Arena bombing.

My advice and articles

hudgell solicitors supports clients in prescription and medication error claims

Patient took four times recommended safe limit of medication after pharmacy mistake

Lloyds Pharmacy has agreed a damages settlement with a woman who ended up taking four times more than the safe amount of blood pressure tablets after being given the medication in error. The woman had been taking 20ml of Amitriptyline a day for depression and had collected her regular prescription from the pharmacy, in Doncaster […]

legal forms being signed by clients in an office

What is a Grant of Representation and why are they important in compensation claims?

Making a medical negligence or a fatal accident compensation claim following the loss of a loved one can be a difficult experience for families. The sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one can be devastating and the litigation process can be daunting, but at Hudgell Solicitors part of our role as experienced clinical negligence […]

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Elderly woman in bed

Health Trust admits neglect of district nurses left elderly patient with shocking bed sore causing agonising pain for last 12 months of her life

A great-grandmother suffered agonising pain for the final year of her life as district nurses failed to properly treat a bed sore which allowed it to develop into a ‘weeping black hole’ in her lower back. The 84-year-old woman, who had Alzheimer’s Disease, was bedbound due to frail health and lived with her family at […]

6 min read time

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