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Samantha Gardner

Solicitor, Clinical Negligence

Medical Negligence Dental Negligence Cancer Claims Surgical Errors Misdiagnosis Care Home Abuse

Expertise

I cover all areas of medical and dental negligence claims. I have a particular interest in nursing home / residential care homes, cancer related claims, surgical errors and misdiagnosis.

I graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2007 with a 2:1 in Law (sandwich) LLB (Hons) completing a year in practice at a local firm in their Personal Injury Department dealing mainly with group action work. I attended the College of Law in York (now the University of Law) to undertake my legal practice course.

I initially worked at a local firm from 2007 within their Personal Injury Department as a legal assistant and later in the Clinical Negligence Department where I qualified as a solicitor in 2013. I joined Hudgell solicitors in 2015.

I am passionate about helping clients and their families secure compensation. I am approachable, friendly, open and honest and enjoy building and establishing a good relationship with my clients.

Whilst keeping clients up to date throughout the claims process I will also explain in layman terms, when the language becomes technical.

I will always ensure that my clients are supported at every stage of the process. My work also involves helping vulnerable clients, protected parties and families where a loved one has passed away.

Significant Cases

The first significant case involved a claim for an alleged delay in diagnosing a grade 2 large frontal meningioma, which caused a loss of vision.

It was the Claimant’s case that he suffered total loss of vision in his left eye with no perception to light and damage to his right optic nerve, but for the delay would have retained acuity of 6/9 to 6/12 in the left eye and retained binocular vision and suffered no deterioration in the right.   He suffered a psychological impact and we obtained supportive reports which claimed, care, occupational therapy, psychological treatment, accommodation needs and he had a loss of earnings claim also.

Life expectancy as a result of the tumour was argued at between 6- 10 years. The Defendant made very minimal admissions in terms of breach but denied causation.

The matter reached pre-trial stage and a joint settlement meeting was arranged at which settlement was negotiated.

My second significant case involved a Claimant who had a nasal splint left in-situ from 8 August 2007 to 29 October 2018.

The Claimant suffered constantly with a blocked left nostril with constant rhinitis and hyposmia. His quality of life was affected and suffered with disturbed sleep.

Breach of duty was accepted and a settlement was reached.

Career, qualifications and memberships

  • 2:1 (Hons) Law LLB Degree
  • Diploma in Professional Practice
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice

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