Areas of specialism
Expertise and key strengths
I specialise in clinical negligence claims. I deal with a wide range of cases including birth injury, gynaecological and obstetric claims, delayed diagnosis of cancer claims, claims involving surgical errors, delayed diagnosis of fracture and orthopaedic claims, cosmetic surgery and dental claims.
I started my legal career at a firm in Hull, where I initially worked in family law and commenced my studies with CILEX Law School in January 2004. From 2005, I then worked at another local firm, assisting a senior partner specialising in high value catastrophic injury and asbestos claims. In 2007, I became responsible for my own civil litigation caseload, which was mainly made up of employers’ liability claims, but included some public liability, occupiers’ liability, criminal injuries claims and RTA cases. In 2008, I transferred to the clinical negligence department of the same firm and have specialised solely in clinical negligence claims since that time. I fully qualified as a lawyer in 2012, when I was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. I am also qualified as a Commissioner for Oaths. I joined the clinical negligence team at Hudgell Solicitors in February 2013.
Proudest professional achievement
I am proud of every case I am able to bring to a successful conclusion for my client.
One particular case of note was a client who went into hospital for weightloss surgery. She had the operation but then began to deteriorate over a two day period. There were clear signs that her condition was deteriorating, but these signs were ignored by both nursing and medical staff. As a result, the opportunity to intervene was lost and she died of septic shock and multi-organ failure. A letter of claim was served on the NHS Trust alleging various failings in her care, of which four out of nine were admitted. It was determined that had certain actions been taken, on the balance of probabilities, she would have survived. The case settled for £105,000 following this very distressing and tragic case for the client’s family.
“Thank you so much for working on my case. I’m so pleased it’s finally over and I want to say I am truly grateful to you. Again, thank you.” – Elizabeth Serjeant
“Helena wood was amazing and really helpful.” – Customer comment
“Always there to help and advise. Very friendly.” – A Wilkinson
“Helena wood was always friendly and understanding.” – Customer comment
Qualifications and professional memberships:
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
- Member of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers)