Rachel O'Connor

Senior Litigation Executive

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Starting a clinical negligence claim can be daunting but one of my key strengths is communication. I aim to ensure that my clients fully understand the process of making a claim and that I deal with any queries they may have in an honest, easy and professional manner.

I also take pride in bringing closure for my clients, giving them the opportunity to move forward following difficult medical experiences.

Get to Know Rachel

Rachel is a Litigation Executive at Hudgell Solicitors, based at our Hull office. She has over 10 years’ experience and joined the firm in 2014.

Rachel handles a wide variety of clinical negligence claims including delays in diagnosing orthopaedic injuries such as fractures, delays in diagnosing various cancers, surgical negligence, gynaecology/urology injuries and dental errors. Rachel also has an interest in never events and fatal claims.

Career Highlights

I represented a man who was left with significant dysfunction after a circumcision operation, securing £125,000 in damages. The Hospital Trust involved admitted errors had been made which led to life-changing injuries. Independent medical experts, who I consulted as part of the case, said that due to the man’s weight, the operation should have been carried out alongside liposuction and skin-grafting, and that this would likely have left him with no long-term problems.

I also secured damages for a man who developed sepsis after doctors at a health centre failed to diagnose a urinary infection and told him he had flu. The patient, who was 47 at the time, was advised to attend at an out-of-hours surgery after calling 111 because he was suffering from increasingly worsening headaches, shivers, and in pain when urinating. Despite this, and like so many other cases we see, there was a failure by health professionals to fully investigate all symptoms on initial assessment as a urine dipstick test was not carried out.

Giving More

Rachel volunteers during working hours with HER Breast Friends a local breast cancer charity, which is supported by Hudgells.

Rachel has also taken part in various fundraising events for Martin’s Mountain  and contributes to collections for Hull Women’s Aid.

My advice and articles

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Doctors’ misdiagnosis led to our client being prescribed the wrong medication leading to two years of chronic pain

Hudgell Solicitors medical negligence specialists secured £24,000 compensation for a woman who was incorrectly prescribed a strong immunosuppressant after being misdiagnosed. Our client, who had a known history of arthritis, visited her local outpatient clinic to complain of aches and pains along with fatigue and stiffness that she had been experiencing in a morning. Following […]

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£125,000 damages for man left with ‘serious dysfunction’ after circumcision operation at Furness General Hospital

A patient has been awarded £125,000 damages after a surgeon at Furness General Hospital ‘removed too much skin’ during a circumcision operation, leaving him with significant penile dysfunction and unable to have sex. The surgery was carried out in a bid to resolve difficulties the man had been experiencing when urinating. However, he was left […]

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