Millions in injury damages won for clients by law firm

Personal injury law firm Neil Hudgell Solicitors said it is on course for a record year after winning more than £14m in damages for clients over the first six months of 2014.

Neil Hudgell, Managing Director, Neil Hudgell Solicitors
Neil Hudgell, Managing Director, Neil Hudgell Solicitors

The Hull-based firm said it has benefited from other firms falling by the wayside since changes were announced three years ago concerning how personal injury and medical negligence claims are handled.

While other law firms sold off their personal injury cases to focus on other areas of law, managing director Neil Hudgell has bought cases from other lawyers, insolvency practitioners and accountants.

Under the side of the business, the firm has completed 25 deals, acquiring more than 6,000 files for £5m.

The group’s new office in London recently won a multi-million pound compensation package and a full public apology in London’s High Court for a young 
boy damaged by brain damage, due to medical failures during his birth.

The 11-year-old boy is afflicted by severe cerebral palsy as a result of the brain damage he suffered due to oxygen starvation during his delivery.

His case was settled in February, led by senior solicitor Chris Gooderidge, who specialises in medical negligence.

As part of the case, Mr Gooderidge secured an admission of liability from the NHS Trust after consulting experts and collating detailed reports about the claimant’s treatment and condition.

A multi-million pound settlement figure was agreed after Mr Gooderidge consulted 10 experts to get an accurate assessment of the costs involved in providing for the boy’s care.

The law firm recently secured a landmark international legal victory by winning £600,000 in personal injury compensation for a German aircraft worker who lost an arm and a leg at a UK airport.

The case, handled by Jane Woodcock, who is based at the firm’s Hull headquarters, took almost four years to settle. Neil Hudgell Solicitors had to battle to have the case heard under English law.

An Air Accident Investigation found the German airline worker had been handed a faulty rig by a UK-based ground handling company to inflate an aircraft tyre, causing it to explode as he worked on it.

Mr Hudgell said that both cases were complicated and high-value and the firm has establishing itself as a leader in this field.