Michelle Tebbutt

Team Leader & Senior Associate Solicitor

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My work is about seeking justice for clients who have been significantly harmed by those they should be able to rely upon and trust the most.

I really enjoy working with my clients to compensate them for the pain and suffering they’ve endured, but perhaps even more importantly, helping them to access the care and assistance they require to help get their lives back on track.

Get to Know Michelle

Michelle has specialised in medical negligence claims, covering all types of complex medical issues, since 2010, when she commenced a role as a Legal Assistant. Michelle joined Hudgell Solicitors in March 2015 and was promoted to the role of an Associate Solicitor in 2021, supervising and supporting a team of four.

Michelle covers all aspects of medical negligence work and has particular strengths in supporting people in cases relating to the delayed diagnosis and treatment of cancer, birth errors and orthopaedic claims relating to lower and upper limbs and the spine, as well as being experienced in handling claims relating to both GP and hospital errors.

Michelle qualified as a solicitor in November 2014 before attaining a Legal Practice Course distinction at York in 2009. She places a focus on securing the rehabilitation and care clients need, providing crucial support which can often help to reinstall faith and trust in professionals.

Career Highlights

I secured a damages settlement totalling more than £13 million providing a lump sum and periodical payments for my client. The case related to a delay in diagnosing and treating a serious genetic disorder, which affects all aspects of physical and cognitive development.

The NHS Trust admitted liability and that the severity of my client’s injuries was predominantly because of the delay in diagnosis and treatment. This was a very complex case both medically and legally so I was delighted to secure a settlement with the defendants, which was then approved by a judge. The settlement amount can ensure my client’s lifelong needs are met.

In 2022 I secured a £1.2m settlement for a client after his leg was amputated, firstly below the knee but then eventually above the knee. The NHS Trust involved admitted delays in referring my client for vascular surgery but disputed that the amputation was avoidable.

Eventually, damages were agreed in an out-of-court settlement. After the amputation, I was fortunate to be able to help him attain ground-floor accommodation and fund suitable prostheses that would enable him to continue in his quest for greater mobility and independence.

In 2021 I represented a client who underwent life-changing vaginal surgery, including the removal of the clitoris, contrary to UK guidelines that advise against such surgery for lichen sclerosis. This indefensible error led to cosmetic deformities and a need for repeated revisional surgeries, all of which had a severe impact on her life. The defendant continued to strenuously deny the claim. However, I was able to secure a positive result and attain six-figure damages.

Another case which I led, resulted in a national review over safety in hospital wards, and sparked a national safety alert as a coroner wrote to NHS England when an elderly patient died after becoming confused and drinking a bottle of hand sanitiser in hospital.

The coroner highlighted his concerns that more deaths could be caused if changes were not made in hospital wards and lessons learned. This case was covered in the national media and I was interviewed on television and radio about its significance.

I currently represent a young man who sustained life-changing injuries affecting his bladder, bowel and sexual functions as a result of the Defendant failing to note a spinal tumour on an MRI scan in 2012.  This was not acted upon until 2017 by which time the tumour had extended to such an extent that removing it caused damage to the nerves.

Fortunately, the Defendant accepts full responsibility and the client should receive a seven-figure settlement to help fund the treatment and care he needs to enable him to live his life to the fullest.

Giving More

I volunteer as the Treasurer with the charity Headway, Hull, which supports people with brain injuries, and I’ve learnt about the impact such injuries have on lives and the rehabilitation needed to help people adapt.

Also I’m a committee member of Hull Law Society and became Vice President in 2023.

My advice and articles

Baby Lifeline hold National Maternity Safety Conference

Why we’re proud to sponsor Baby Lifeline’s National Maternity Safety Conference – and contribute important patient research

The findings of a survey into how well supported parents feel throughout pregnancy and birth by health professionals – commissioned by Hudgell Solicitors – will be shared with delegates at the National Maternity Safety Conference this week. We are proud to once again be the co-headline sponsor of the conference, which is organised by Baby […]

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Gary Limbless Association

‘Losing a limb is devastating but you’re not alone and others can be your inspiration’

Gary Wilson describes the moment doctors in hospital told him his right leg would need amputating as ‘devastating’. The 58-year-old father-of-four had faced up to bowel cancer and come through radiotherapy and chemotherapy before going into hospital for the removal of the tumour. Days later, he faced yet more life-changing news. During his recovery after […]

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dental check up

Hudgell Solicitors secures compensation of more than £30,000 for patients of four dentists at Grimsby practice

Four dentists who practised at the same Grimsby dental surgery have settled legal cases against them in which they faced allegations of poor care and neglect. Insurers acting on behalf of dentists Timothy Stokes, Ian Burrell, Ivan Delgado and Carlos Noguera Mutillo have agreed damages settlements totalling more than £30,000 with patients following claims made […]

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Christine and daughter Kath

Care home agrees damages settlement after allegations elderly dementia sufferer was ‘abandoned’ and developed pressure sores

A devastated daughter has told how her elderly mother was carried out of a care home in a semi-conscious state just a week after being admitted as she was ‘left abandoned’ by staff. Kathryn Bretton says her mother Christina, who had dementia, was ‘walking, talking and feeding herself’ when she was admitted to The Denby […]

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Royal Derby

Hospital agrees damages for heart attack patient sent home by doctors who dismissed it as angina

A Hospital Trust has admitted sending a man home after suffering a heart attack without referring him to a cardiologist, as doctors believed he was suffering from angina. The mistake at Royal Derby Hospital’s accident and emergency department meant the 45-year-old patient had to suffer a further five weeks before being correctly diagnosed – a […]

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John Haughey

Hudgell Solicitors welcomes national safety review of hand sanitisers on hospital wards after death of elderly patient who drank full bottle

Hudgell Solicitors has welcomed a national review over the safety of hand sanitisers on hospital wards following the death of an elderly patient at Hull Royal Infirmary who became confused and drank a full bottle. John Haughey, 76, consumed the equivalent of a litre gin when drinking the 75% alcohol gel from the bottom of […]

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Newborn baby feet on mother

Compensation for mum who missed bonding time with new son following hospital’s ‘hazardous’ medication error

A mother says she missed ‘irreplaceable’ bonding time with her new-born son during the first few months of his life as mistakes by doctors left her taking a mix of medication causing anxiety and hallucinations. Emma Houghton, 41, from Portsmouth, had enjoyed a smooth pregnancy and a problem-free caesarean birth as she and her husband […]

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