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Hodge Jones & Allen

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Medical Negligence


James Bell is a Partner in the Medical Negligence department at Hodge Jones & Allen. James is an expert in all aspects of clinical negligence claims including brain and spinal cases, birth injuries, anaesthetic injury claims, orthopaedic surgery errors, misdiagnosis/delays in cancer cases, GP negligence, amputation cases and hip and knee replacement surgery. James has a wealth of experience in personal injury claims of all types for over 20 years. He has acted for injured and bereaved in group actions including the Ladbroke Grove and Potters Bar train crashes, the Ian Paterson group action and undertook/ supervised a large number of litigation cases arising from the De Puy ASR hips recall. He takes pride in delivering a caring and responsive service to clients.

Recent significant cases:

• In May 2019, James settled a claim for a young man who was brain damaged at birth due to his delayed delivery. The client resides outside of the UK but inside the EU and the settlement was therefore agreed by the NHS to be partly paid in Euros and partly in Sterling. The final award approved by the court was for lump sum payments of £3.3m Sterling and €5m euros. Additionally the claimant will receive €355,900 per annum to fund his care package. The sums awarded by the court will secure this young man’s future care needs and enable the construction of a hydrotherapy pool at the rear of his purpose built wheelchair friendly bungalow.

• 2020 – £1.5 million awarded to psychiatric patient who was not appropriately managed and was able to abscond and attempt suicide, leading to orthopaedic injuries following a fall from a bridge.

• May 2021, James settled a claim for a young man who suffered a brain injury at birth due to a delay in performing a caesarean section upon his mother. The claim settled the day before trial after prolonged negotiations. The Claimant received a substantial lump sum and annual payments for life, which, on a capitalised basis, are equivalent to an award of just under £21 million.

• 2022- £400,000 awarded to a dialysis patient whose Vitamin D levels were not adequately monitored, leading to multiple bone fractures. The case was very complex in terms of multiple Defendant, expert medical witness evidence and the volume of medical records to assess.


James qualified in 1997 and has been with Hodge Jones & Allen since May 2017.