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Lauren Dale

Associate Solicitor, Clinical Negligence

Medical Negligence Care Home Abuse GP Negligence Cancer Misdiagnosis Hospital Negligence Birth Negligence

Expertise

Lauren is a clinical negligence claims specialist who deals with a variety of cases including hospital negligence, delayed diagnosis of cancer, surgical errors, misdiagnosis, birth negligence and GP negligence.

She has handled a significant number of high-profile cases including matters relating to the neglect and abuse of elderly care home residents, claims arising from breaches of the Human Rights Act including unlawful killing and the death of a prisoner. She takes an active role at Hudgell Solicitors in leading our campaigns for improved standards.

Lauren, who is from Hull and attended Hull University, joined Hudgell Solicitors in 2010, following working in personal injury and family law at two other local firms, and qualified as a solicitor in 2012.

In addition to her medical negligence work, Lauren is also Deputy Compliance Officer for Legal Practice. She assists the COLP with various regulatory matters and client complaints. She also undertakes the role of Data Protection Officer.

Lauren Dale

My View

I have experience in a wide area of medical negligence work, including inquests, human rights act claims, delayed diagnosis of cancer cases against hospitals and inadequate referrals made by GPs contributing to a delay in diagnosis.

Medical negligence cases are often quite complicated and by their very nature include a lot of legal and medical detail, so I am always very aware of the need to simplify the claims process for victims of medical negligence, and their families, and make sure they fully understand what is happening at each stage, and why.

I understand how difficult it can be to take legal action after a traumatic experience, particularly when people have been badly let down by a healthcare professional they thought they could trust. It is why I always work hard to give my clients the highest level of support, guiding them through the complex claims process to help secure justice for them and their family.

I pride myself on a high level of client care and going the extra step for my clients. Achieving positive outcomes for my clients brings me great satisfaction, and I’m proud that my work often has such a positive impact on people’s lives.

I have particular interests in problems during pregnancy and during childbirth, as well as nursing and residential home abuse, neglect and negligence cases, and have been involved in high-profile campaigns at Hudgell Solicitors to improve standards.

Significant cases

Campaigning with one of my clients to help raise awareness of care home abuse, and the impact it can have on vulnerable people, is one of my proudest achievements. It saw us launch our LOVE campaign (Love Our Vulnerable Elderly) campaign, which called for elderly people to always be cared for with love, respect and dignity. I also campaigned on national television for CCTV to be made compulsory in care homes after the family of one of our clients secretly filmed care home staff abusing their elderly relative.

On baby loss awareness, I have successfully concluded claims for mothers who have had problems during pregnancy and child birth. I appreciate the need for understanding and explanation and work hard to support families through a very difficult process.

I have represented a family whose loved one died in prison at the hands of substandard medical care and was also involved in the high-profile Jack Barnes inquest.

Mr Barnes, a 29-year-old father, was unlawfully killed after being chased and restrained by staff working at Manchester Victoria Station – having pleaded that he’d been struggling to breathe seven times as he was restrained face-down on the ground. Read more here >>

Career, qualifications and memberships

  • LLB Law with Criminology (Hons) degree 2:1
  • Legal Practice Course
  • Hull Law Society member

"I can’t praise Lauren and Hudgell Solicitors enough for their support. Lauren has been very understanding of how difficult this has been for me all the way through and supportive at all times. She has been really exceptional."

Joanne Hartley, Client

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