Samuel McFadyen

Manager of Serious Injury (Hull) & Senior Associate Solicitor



I’m extremely proud of the work we do at Hudgells to help people rebuild lives following a serious, life-changing or catastrophic injury.

I always seek to establish a comprehensive rehabilitation support package at the outset and secure regular interim payments as we guide clients and their families through the legal process, and ensure the best possible final damages settlement for their long-term future.

Get to Know Samuel

Sam qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and is a highly-experienced catastrophic personal injury solicitor with a demonstrated history of running high-value and complex cases from inception to conclusion. He is skilled in conducting litigated cases nationwide in the County Court, High Court as well as the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

Sam deals with a wide range of serious injury and fatal cases arising from road traffic accidents, accidents at work and public liability. He has particular expertise in facilitating early rehabilitation in serious injury and traumatic brain injury cases to ensure the best possible recovery and return to independent living.

Sam maintains a positive attitude in what can be quite a challenging and stressful environment for his clients and is determined to achieve the best possible results and outcome.

Career Highlights

I secured a compensation settlement of £7.5m for a man who was left in need of lifelong care and support after suffering a serious brain injury in a motorbike accident. The settlement covers the cost of dedicated care professionals and professional deputyship input supporting him for the rest of his life, enabling him to live as independently as possible. The dedicated care package which has been put in place has brought peace of mind for his parents.

I also secured a seven-figure settlement for a young man who sustained a serious head injury in a road traffic accident when he was a child. Although he has made a remarkable recovery from his injuries, his future earning capacity has been compromised and the settlement reflected this.

In another case I successfully settled a claim for £1,310,000 damages for a motorcyclist who sustained serious life changing orthopaedic injuries. The claim also included a complex claim for loss of earnings to include a loss of future share options.

I’m very proud of another case in supporting an inspirational woman who suffered serious injuries to her internal organ and multiple fractures in a car crash. I ensured a full rehabilitation plan, led by a dedicated case manager, was in place to provide an extensive package of physical, psychological and financial support, including home adaptations.

It was followed with a £300,000 interim payment which enabled her and her family to buy a bungalow, providing easy access and adaptations to give her full independence at home. Her legal claim reached a final settlement, without the need to go to court, securing a further substantial six-figure sum.

I also secured a great settlement for a client who suffered a crush injury to his foot in an accident at work. Despite being able to return to work he was left with long-lasting pain and needed surgery to insert a spinal cord stimulator to help relieve it. The case was successfully settled with the Defendant’s legal team in the sum for £627,000, which included covering the future private costs associated with replacing the spinal cord stimulator.

Another notable case saw me secure £500,000 damages and a long-term rehabilitation support package for a young man who suffered a serious leg break in a work accident.


Accredited Senior Litigator – Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Finalist in the “Unsung Hero Award” at the 2018 Insurance Post Claims Awards UK

Finalist in the “Catastrophic Solicitor of the Year Award’ at the national Personal Injury awards in 2019.

Highly talented solicitor, very effective negotiator and communicator, handles the largest of cases with skill and efficiency. – Legal 500 2023

Accredited Personal Injury Specialist - Assosciation of Personal Injury Lawyers  

Giving More

I’ve worked with the charity Headway, which supports people with brain injuries and I volunteer with a community food bank in Hull which was set up by one of my clients.

My advice and articles

Personal Injury/Brain Injury

Personal Injury/Brain Injury

Brain Injury Compensation Claims with serious injury solicitor Samuel McFadyen & Keith Phillips Around 350,000 people in the UK are admitted to hospital each year with a brain injury. Many are caused by road accidents, accidents at work and even criminal assaults. Samuel McFadyen, a specialist serious injury lawyer, explains how compensation can be claimed, […]

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Spinal cord rehabilitation programmes need to be at the heart of a patient’s recovery plan to help them overcome everyday challenges

There are an estimated 50,000 people in the UK living with a spinal cord injury and each year around 2,500 people are newly injured. Spinal injuries can have a significant impact on an individual’s life. Trauma often causes some degree of paralysis which can require life-long care, support and rehabilitation. Spinal cord injuries can be caused […]

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Grandmother ‘so thankful’ for support as legal claim covered cost of bungalow and provided financial security after life-changing road accident

A grandmother who suffered life-changing injuries when in a head-on road accident says the support of her family – and the ‘outstanding’ help of Hudgell Solicitors – has ensured she has made the best possible recovery. Angela Menzies sustained serious multiple orthopaedic and physical injuries in the accident, which happened in the early hours of […]

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‘Hudgells didn’t just help me after injury, but joined my journey to a new life helping others’

Robert Keane says the positive impact Hudgell Solicitors has had on his life has been ‘breath-taking’ – from securing a substantial damages award to compensate him for his life-changing injury to offering life-changing advice and ongoing support. For three years after his legal case was closed and damages secured, having being left wheelchair bound following […]

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£627,000 damages for man left with lifelong pains after accident at work

A man has been awarded a £627,000 injury at work compensation settlement after being left suffering severe and debilitating pains following an accident at work. He suffered a crush injury to his foot and was later diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), a condition often triggered by an injury which results in much more severe […]

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‘Brain injury impacted on every aspect of my life, but now I have stability, a new home and career prospects to look to the future’

Moving into a new home is a milestone moment for any couple – but for husband and wife Thomas and Eve, it is truly the start of a positive new beginning. For the past seven-and-a-half years Thomas has been rebuilding his life having suffered serious injuries – including a brain injury – when hit by […]

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£300,000 damages agreed for woman in personal injury claim as settlement meeting conducted via video conference

Hudgell Solicitors has successfully secured £300,000 damages for a single mother of two who was left with a long-term degenerative foot injury and lower back pain after being involved in a serious car accident. The 39-year old says she now intends to invest her settlement to buy a property, giving her long-term security as she […]

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Solicitor Samuel McFadyen shortlisted in ‘Catastrophic Injury Lawyer of the Year’ category at 2019 Personal Injury Awards

Senior solicitor Samuel McFadyen has won further industry recognition for continually demonstrating his dedication and ability to ensure catastrophically injured people are given the very best support. Mr McFadyen has been named as a shortlisted finalist in the national 2019 Personal Injury Awards, in the category of ‘Catastrophic Injury Lawyer of the Year’. It is […]

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Father paralysed in horrific motorway crash prepares to fly to Bulgaria for daughter’s wedding

Hudgells are providing a full package of rehabilitation support to 54-year-old Svilen Mihov, who was left paralysed after being injured as a bus passenger in a motorway crash last year. The ongoing personal injury claim has helped his family recently move into a new dormer bungalow, which has been specially adapted to ensure there is […]

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‘Substantial damages’ for client who developed chronic regional pain syndrome after serious accident at work

A substantial damages settlement has been agreed for a 40-year-old man who developed chronic regional pain syndrome and was left wheelchair bound just a year after being involved in a serious accident at work. The settlement was agreed out of court. The defendants accepted responsibility for the accident happening, but denied throughout that it had […]

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£7.5m damages for father who suffered serious brain injury in motorcycle accident

A £7.5m damages settlement has been agreed for a man left in need of lifelong care and support after suffering a serious brain injury in a motorcycle accident. The settlement will cover the cost of dedicated care professionals supporting him for the rest of his life, enabling him to live as independently as possible. A […]

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