Life Changing Injuries
Expertise and key strengths
I predominantly deal with cases against medical and dental healthcare providers. My cases are varied and include all areas of clinical negligence. Prior to my focusing on healthcare negligence I worked on cases and claims involving road traffic collisions, claims involving local authorities, employers, building owners and product liability.
I have experience in dealing with cases from a claimant and defendant perspective having worked for both “sides”. I believe this ensures my clients get the best advice with a realistic outcome from the onset. I have covered a broad spectrum of cases and injuries over the years from minor muscular injuries, those that are life changing, along with the less known conditions such as chronic pain.
Helping individuals and families secure the compensation they need to be able to live without someone’s income or the care required to assist with the disabilities someone is left with is of paramount importance.
I am an experienced litigator having run numerous cases to trial.
I am down to earth and approachable and hopefully put my clients at ease from the off. I try and make myself as available as I can to my clients.
I have specialised in injury cases since 1999 and practiced as a Solicitor since 2003. I am Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and have been for the last 3 years. Accreditation was achieved after and external accreditor carried out numerous audits on my cases to ensure APIL’s high standards were met.
I have worked for a number of Claimant firms throughout Yorkshire and joined Hudgell’s in 2010. I originally managed the Personal Injury Team in the Leeds Office before moving into medical negligence. I am very proud of being part of the team that established the ground work for the success of the Leeds Office when it began in 2010 with only a small number of Solicitors and Fee Earners back to the 30 plus strong team today.
Even with my many number of years in personal injury work, I still have the same passion for helping clients to get the compensation they deserve.
Proudest professional achievement
I have acted for a number clients involving Chronic Pain and one client with Post Traumatic Reynaud’s Syndrome, whose symptoms have not been believed by the Defendants involved. This negative reaction is largely due to the symptoms suffered not matching the original injury sustained but this does make progressing the case difficult. These cases have resulted in the clients being followed by surveillance teams, scrutinised by defendant experts and generally challenged on every item claimed. Despite the battles involved taking years I am very proud of the fact that the client’s has stood by my advice when they have often wanted to simply end the claim and allowed me achieved for them the right level of compensation they deserved.
These cases were long drawn out battles with the Courts being used to achieve the correct settlements. Original offers started at a few thousand pounds and ended in hundreds of thousands being the settlements.
Nick guided me through a bad time in my life with the care and other ongoing issues I had to deal with as a result of my near fatal crash. I have had trauma issues as a result of the accident and at times, they have risen to the surface. Nick was understanding, listened to and dealt with any issues that arose, a credit to Hudgell Solicitors
Qualifications and professional memberships
- Solicitor and member of the Law Society
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – Senior Litigator Accredited