Solicitor, Clinical Negligence
Rhea started her legal career in 2012 at a small boutique law firm specialising in clinical negligence and personal injury. She qualified as a solicitor in June 2017 and joined Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitors. Rhea joined Hudgell Solicitors in October 2020 and is a specialist in clinical negligence and product liability claims.
Rhea’s clinical negligence work has involved a wide range of medical disciplines including ophthalmology, neurology, oncology, plastic surgery, orthopaedic surgery, cardiology, gynaecology, obstetrics, radiology, emergency medicine and general practice.
Rhea has acted for individuals bringing claims in respect of allegedly negligent treatment provided by general practitioners, NHS hospital trusts, private physicians, private surgeons and dentists. She has also represented bereaved families at Inquests.
In addition, Rhea has assisted with two large multi-party product liability actions involving injury claims against a manufacturer of intraocular lenses and claims against a global pharmaceutical company for clients with a serious neurological injury following a vaccine. She has also successfully secured payments for an injured claimant under the Vaccine Damage Payment Act 1979 as well as having several years of experience of personal injury work, including complex high-value brain and spinal injury cases.
I strongly believe in access to justice. Being able to help clients who have suffered both physical and psychological injuries as a result of negligence is why I chose to specialise in this field. No amount of money can ever truly compensate a death or a significant injury which means you are no longer able to work or to be independent, however securing compensation for those affected is extremely satisfying by ensuring their lives are returned as much as possible to the way they were before.
I believe justice is also secured by ensuring health bodies are held to account when errors have been made. It is vital that lessons are learned to prevent the same mistakes being made.
Cases involving catastrophic or brain injury, particularly those suffered at birth can take a number of years as they require extensive legal and medical investigations. As a Solicitor, I always ensure I build a strong relationship with my clients and their families so that they are comfortable to ask me any questions no matter how big or small. I appreciate the distress my clients have often faced and I try my best to ensure my clients feel at ease and feel that they are in safe hands.
Qualifications and Memberships
- Secretary of the Multi-Party Action APIL special interest group
- Member of APIL