Associate Solicitor, Clinical Negligence
Michelle covers all aspects of medical negligence work and has particular strengths and interests in supporting people in cases relating to the delayed diagnosis and treatment of cancer, obstetric errors and orthopaedic claims relating to lower and upper limbs and the spine, specifically those cases relating to Cauda Equina Syndrome. Michelle is experienced in handling claims relating to both GP and hospital errors.
She has dealt with medical negligence claims since 2010, qualifying as a solicitor in November 2014 and joined the Hudgell Solicitors clinical negligence department in March 2015, having previously worked at another firm.
I find clinical negligence work particularly rewarding, having the opportunity to assist people that have been significantly let down by the medical professions.
I really enjoy working with clients to compensate them for the pain and suffering they have endured, but perhaps even more importantly helping them to access the care and assistance they require to put them back into a similar position they were in before they were let down.
Mistakes do happen, and by securing damages, and often the apology they want, we help clients to regain their trust in professionals.
I worked on a case where damages were awarded for a woman who suffered medical negligence when undergoing life-changing vaginal reconstruction surgery, including a removal of the clitoris, even though UK guidelines advise against it.
This vital error led to cosmetic deformities and a need for repeated revisional surgeries, all of which have had a severe impact on our client’s life.
For me, my work is about seeking justice for those that have been significantly harmed by those they should be able to rely upon and trust the most. This case illustrated negligence at the highest level. My hope is that this case helps to ensure this type of life changing surgery, where there is no clinical indication that it is needed, will not happen again.
In the first instance, the defendant strenuously denied the claim, however I was able to secure damages of £150,000 for our client.
Furthermore, a case in which I represented the family of an elderly patient who died after becoming confused and drinking a bottle of hand sanitizer in hospital was part of a national review over safety on hospital wards.
The incident sparked a national safety alert as the local coroner wrote to NHS England highlighting his concerns that more deaths could be caused if changes are not made on hospital wards and lessons learned.
The case for negligence against the local trust was successful, and whilst a sad case, it was pleasing to see the issue raised at a national level to prevent similar avoidable tragedies in the future.
I have also produced a blog about Cauda equina syndrome (CES) which you can read by clicking here.
Qualifications and professional memberships
- 2:1 (Hons) Law LLB degree
- Legal Practice Course with distinction
- Hull Law Society Member
"Michelle was very professional and she’s very good at what she does. From start to finish, my dealings with her were spot on and she was very polite and pleasant and made sure the hospital did not get away with it."
Kathryn Bretton, ClientRead more