Litigation Executive, Clinical Negligence
Kirsty has been representing clients in medical negligence compensation claims since 2013 and handles a wide variety of cases including delays in diagnosis, surgical errors, the avoidable development of pressure sores and dental negligence. She also has experience of supporting families in making claims following the loss of a loved one due to negligent treatment and care.
The best part of my job is being able to help an individual or family draw a line under something which has caused them a lot of distress. Whilst no amount of money can ever make up for the pain and loss many people suffer, a successful settlement can ensure they receive further physical and psychological treatment to help them begin to move on. I am aware that for many, making a claim can be a little daunting, as many have no idea of how the legal system works, so I try to explain things in simple terms, cutting out the legal jargon and making it a little easier to digest and understand.
I secured a five-figure damages settlement after district nurses allowed an 84-year-old woman to develop pressure sores which were so bad her skin on her lower back was severely damaged, causing her to be in constant and agonising pain in the final year of her life.
The lady had Alzheimer’s disease and was bedbound due to frail health. She lived with her family at their home, with nurses visiting her three times a week. The Trust admitted she had not been assessed properly for the sores, nor was she placed on an appropriate mattress despite being at a high risk of developing sores. It was a sad and avoidable case as research suggests 95 per cent of pressure sores can be avoided by providing appropriate bedding, and making sure patients move and, if necessary, are turned regularly.
Career, qualifications and memberships
- Law Degree (LLB Hons)
"When I turned to Hudgell Solicitors, it was the same month my mum passed away and I wanted to take it further to get my point across about how she was treated. I wanted them to be held to account. Kirsty did that superbly and was always there when needed."