Associate, Clinical Negligence
Helena is a chartered legal executive and team leader in the clinical negligence practice. She has specialised solely in clinical negligence litigation since 2008. She has been part of the Hudgell Solicitors Clinical Negligence team since 2013 and has a strong focus on fatal cases, surgical errors, delayed cancer diagnosis, birth injuries, and obstetric and gynaecological cases.
People seek out Helena’s expertise and advice when considering taking legal action against NHS Trusts and other as she has significant experience in holding them to account and identifying failings to provide acceptable standards of care to patients and their families.
I am passionate about helping people challenge poor medical care and ensuring that lessons are learned when serious mistakes are made. Over the years I have realised our job is not solely about the law or recovering the damages that our clients are entitled to. It is about the people we represent and their lives. I am often shocked and left full of admiration at how families cope when faced with serious health problems or injuries due to negligent treatment and care. They need people with legal expertise on their side.
Every case is hugely significant to the individuals and families who turn to us for help so I find it hugely rewarding to be able to bring them to a successful conclusion and get the answers people need. Sadly, many cases can never have a happy ending, as we can be representing people who have lost loved ones, or are left facing a life-long change in circumstances.
One particular case of note involved a lady who died of septic shock after she suffered multi-organ failure in the days after having weight-loss surgery. Her condition had clearly deteriorated over a two day period after surgery and these clear signs were ignored by both nursing and medical staff. As a result, the opportunity to intervene was lost.
Four failings in her care were accepted by the NHS Trust following our representation on behalf of her family and it was determined that had certain actions been taken, on the balance of probabilities, she would have survived.
This was obviously very distressing for the lady’s family, but it was a case in which I was very determined to get answers, an apology and the right level of damages for them. It was such a tragic and avoidable loss of life.
Career, qualifications and memberships
- Commenced study with CILEX Law School in 2004 whilst working full time at a firm of Solicitors
- Completed CILEX studies in 2010, becoming a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX)
- Fully qualified as a lawyer since 2012
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
- Member of AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) – the UK charity for patient safety and justice.