Clinical Negligence

Coodes’ Clinical Negligence team is among the leading practices in the South West. We advise clients from all walks of life on a wide range of medical negligence issues and their sometimes life-changing consequences.

If you believe you or a loved one have been injured, scarred or developed an illness or disability as a result of clinical or medical negligence, we can help you secure the justice and compensation to which you are entitled. In many cases, we will be able to support you on a no win no fee basis, meaning that if your claim is not successful, you will not have to pay any legal fees.

Our expert medical negligence lawyers have decades of experience running compensation claims and have helped thousands of patients and their families secure compensation for the consequences of medical negligence and substandard care. We specialise in areas such as cancer misdiagnosis claims, birth injuries, orthopaedic injuries, obstetrics and gynaecology, surgical errors, delays in diagnosis and treatment, and failures by mental health services resulting in serious injury and sometimes death.

What is clinical negligence?

Also sometimes called ‘medical negligence’ or malpractice, clinical negligence is a term used to describe the failure of a medical professional or medical organisation to deliver the standard of care expected of them, either through carelessness or a mistake or series of mistakes. Given the range of medical specialisms and treatments, clinical negligence can apply to a very wide range of issues and problems but broadly it covers misdiagnosis, surgical mistakes or poor practice and poor or inadequate treatment.

Medical professionals, by virtue of their training and the trust you put in them and their expertise, owe you a duty of care. When they fail to deliver this, you may be able to make a claim for medical negligence and secure compensation that may go some way to helping and supporting you and your family get your life back on track.

Our approach to clinical negligence claims

We understand that claims for clinical negligence are upsetting and potentially confusing. You are dealing with a range of emotions – about your injury, the feelings of having been let down and, very likely, your frustration with the ‘system’. We can help. If you, or a member of your family, believe you have been affected by medical negligence from a hospital, GP or other medical professional, our specialist team of clinical negligence lawyers will give you expert, sympathetic and confidential advice and help you progress your claim. Many of the clinical negligence claims we handle are managed on a no win no fee basis, so don’t allow concerns over legal costs prevent you from seeking advice.

By bringing these claims, our clinical negligence solicitors also aim to identify system failures in healthcare where lessons can be learned and changes made to prevent similar issues in the future. Our Clinical Negligence team and individual lawyers are regularly ranked highly in Chambers & Partners directory and the Legal 500 for the quality and professionalism of the service we deliver.

Although our clinical negligence lawyers are based in Cornwall and Devon, we support clients throughout England and Wales and will come to see you wherever you are. We act for clients anywhere in the world, so long as you have been injured in England and Wales.


Rachel Pearce

Head of Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury

Gareth Monk


Sharon Parsons

Litigation Executive

Client Testimonials

Julie Hatton's attention to detail helped me obtain a compensation package that will give me the care I need for the rest of my life.


Thanks for all your hard work on my injury claim, I really appreciate it.


We felt at all times in very capable hands. We consider that your communication and responsiveness to us and your attentiveness to the case was exceptional. The advice you gave us was always reasoned, proactive and timely.


I really appreciate all your work and advice throughout. As a former solicitor it is difficult sometime to take advice, but yours has always been spot on.


Julie Hatton and her team have helped me put my life back into perspective after a very traumatic time. Not only getting me a financial settlement that has changed my life for the better, but more importantly, they helped me to get the answers I needed to bring closure to a traumatic part of my life. They made the whole process easy and explain every step.


Thank you so much for your assistance with the claims process. I have very much appreciated your impeccable, professional support throughout.


I have been surprised how easy the whole process has been made even when the distance between us is geographically quite large. Your responses to me have always been extremely prompt and professional. I would have no hesitation in recommending your services to others in a similar situation. Thank you for all your hard work on this matter resulting in this speedy offer and resolution.


I am very grateful to you for taking on my claim and more than satisfied with the outcome. I never expected it to be settled so quickly and without any fuss, and thank you for recovering all your legal costs and expenses from the third party insurers, that was a nice surprise.


I have no hesitation in recommending Catherine Hyde and Coodes Solicitors. The service I have received has been excellent. Catherine is extremely attentive, is quick to respond to any queries and is very thorough. I was kept informed all the way throughout the case and all the advice I was given was clear. I am very grateful to Catherine for the service I received.


I would just like to say a big Thank You for all you have done. It has been a very difficult time and you have dealt with the case with sensitivity and understanding. I would have no hesitation in recommending you and the team to others.


Rachel and the team supported me every step of the way in my case. Rachel went above and beyond for me and fought hard to settle my claim. Rachel always made me feel totally at ease and explained the ongoing process clearly as the case progressed. I can't thank the team enough for all the support, time and effort they gave me during a very difficult time.


Thank you for the professional and helpful manner in which you dealt with mum's case. This has helped me feel much better and has at last given me closure.


I want to say a special thank you to Sharon Parsons. Throughout she kept me informed as to progress, was available to answer any questions I had and so helped me cope with a very emotionally difficult process. I went into this claim with a little trepidation regarding the no win-no fee element but want to say that this worked very well, so thanks again for guiding me through this.


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Rachel Pearce

Head of Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury

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