Helena Wood

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Behind each medical negligence case there is often a long-lasting impact on the client and their family.   

Patients are right to expect a reasonable standard of treatment and when things go wrong it can be extremely traumatic and difficult to come to terms with. 

I am passionate about helping people challenge poor medical care and ensuring that lessons are learnt when serious mistakes are made.

Get to Know Helena

Helena has specialised in clinical negligence claims since 2008 and has successfully represented clients who have experienced birth injuries, amputation, brain injury and fatal negligence claims 

Helena is a chartered legal executive and team leader in the clinical negligence practice and also has a strong focus on surgical errors, delayed cancer diagnosis and obstetric and gynaecological cases. 

Ranked in the Legal 500 Guide, clients seek out Helena’s expertise and advice when considering taking legal action against NHS Trusts as she has significant experience in holding them to account and identifying failings. 

The guide states: “Helena has all the key characteristics of a great claimant lawyer: she is highly dedicated to her clients, she is personable and patient with them, she works hard, and she is realistic about her cases.

Career Highlights

I’ve obtained significant damages for children who have lost a parent or clients that have lost a spouse due clinical negligence, often due to delay in diagnosis of cancer or surgical negligence. The awards can be substantial because they take into account future loss of earnings. 

“Recently I secured a six-figure damages settlement for my client after errors meant a blood clot on his lungs was missed on scans, causing a 12-month delay in diagnosis. The health Trust accepted liability but initially offered a £10,000 settlement. The claim settled for more than ten times that amount after I secured independent expert medical opinion. 

“In another case damages of £80,000 were secured for a 50-year-old mother who was left worse off following knee replacement surgery. We alleged she would not have agreed had she been fully informed of the risks. 

“I was also successful in securing a £65,000 damages settlement for a 61-year-old woman whose brain tumour was missed, despite undergoing scans. In an out of court settlement the Trust admitted breach of duty.


Legal 500: “Rising Star – Clinical Negligence”  

Chambers and Partners 2023: “She is very approachable, dedicated to clients, and has a good team approach with counsel.”  

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX)

She is very approachable, dedicated to clients, and has a good team approach with counsel. – Chambers and Partners 2023 

Helena Wood has all the key characteristics of a great claimant lawyer: she is highly dedicated to her clients, she is personable and patient with them, she works hard, and she is realistic about her cases. – Legal 500 2023

Giving More

I volunteer at a local charity, HER Breast Friends, which supports those with breast cancer and I recently took part in a 10k run across the Humber Bridge.  

My advice and articles

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Patient had finger amputated due to lack of care at NHS urgent treatment centre

A care worker who attended an NHS Urgent Treatment Centre in Hull complaining of an infection in his finger had to have it amputated five days later due to a lack of care. A successful medical negligence case was brought against City Healthcare Partnership which, in an out of court settlement, admitted liability and a […]

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More than 50 patients left with surgical swabs inside them as figures reveal ‘worrying trend’ of birth incidents

New NHS figures have highlighted a ‘worrying trend’ across England’s health trusts as dozens of patients are being sent home after treatment with surgical swabs left inside them. Figures revealing the ‘serious, largely preventable mistakes’ made on patients across England show that 53 people were sent home with ‘retained swabs’ still in their bodies between […]

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Woman left needing crutches after knee replacement receives £80,000 damages

A 50-year-old mother has received an £80,000 damages settlement from a London hospital trust having claimed she has been left worse off following knee replacement surgery and would not have had the operation had she been fully informed of the risks and other non-surgical options.   The woman was referred to Northwick Park Hospital having had continuing knee pain and underwent replacement […]

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Hospital Trust pays £30,000 compensation in case alleging Parkinson’s disease was misdiagnosed for eight years

A Hospital Trust has agreed a £30,000 damages settlement with an elderly patient after independent medical experts said it was likely he’d been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for eight years before it was finally diagnosed. The patient was reviewed 15 times by his consultant over an eight year period, who rigidly stuck to his original […]

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Hospital Trust admits ‘memory lapse’ led to doctors being unaware woman who died when pregnant with twins had dangerous heart condition

The family of a woman who died of severe heart failure when pregnant with twins say it is ‘unforgivable’ that a mistake led to the midwives and doctors treating her being unaware her family had a history of heart disease. Kelly Forrest, 36, had lost her father when he was aged just 22 to cardiomyopathy […]

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Hospital pays compensation in medical negligence case relating to stillbirth of baby boy, but family still await a direct apology

A grieving mother says she is still waiting for an apology from a hospital four years after mistakes made during her pregnancy led to the stillbirth of one of her twins. Mum Kelly Attree, whose pregnancy was classed as ‘high risk’ as she was carrying twins and was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, delivered a healthy […]

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