Medical negligence complaints are almost always painful, distressing, disruptive and traumatic. Often, such events are life-changing, even occasionally fatal. Whilst professional legal advice can never turn back the clock, it can help you and your family rebuild for the time ahead.
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If you feel that you may have a claim for compensation, whether it is connected to treatment received from your local doctor or dentist, from an NHS hospital or private health company, then get in touch today. We know the many people are hesitant about contacting a solicitor but we’re just regular people with a particular expertise – and we’re on your side. Besides, an initial call costs nothing and our Medical Negligence team will listen sympathetically before advising on your options and recommended next steps.
How we can help
We will advise clients on the merits of every claim brought to us, and regardless of its size, complexity or impact, we’ll give each one the same care and attention. We’re are equally comfortable advising on the smallest viable claims to handling multi-million pound cases where catastrophic injury has resulted. Please don’t think that what’s happened to you is too trivial to matter – we’ll listen even if others won’t.
If you have a claim that we can pursue, our expert team will do all they can to help to establish adequate ‘provision for life’ in terms of on-going specialist care, housing, support and welfare and where possible earn the maximum possible compensation settlement for clients.
We are here to help with the following types of claims:
Think you have a case for Medical Negligence?
Are you thinking of making a Medical Negligence Claim? See below advice on what you should do to prepare:
Medical Negligence Fees
We appreciate that worry about costs can be the biggest barrier to getting professional help – so don’t let it stop you. If we believe you have a claim, then we can potentially pursue it via one of a number of funding options or fee arrangements such as ‘no win, no fee’.
Medical Negligence Free Drop In Days
If you feel you have a complaint about medical treatment received, or have suffered an accident or injury and would like to know whether you have a claim, then call in to our free drop in sessions at our Sheffield, Barnsley or Rotherham office.
We run free drop in sessions for new clients every week, with no appointment necessary:
- Sheffield Office – Tuesday 10am – 4pm
- Barnsley Office – Wednesday 10am – 4pm
- Rotherham Office – Thursday 10am – 4pm
By telephone; We also hold free 30 minute telephone consultations – just call 0114 249 6723 on Tuesday or Thursday 2pm – 5pm (for any office).
2 steps to contacting Howells:
We’ll listen carefully to you, clarify what you’re trying to achieve, and then explain if and how we can help you. We will take some initial information and liaise with a legal professional regarding your case. If it looks like we can help, we will book you in for a consultation with a legal professional.
The Medical Negligence team
Professionally, this is a group of highly skilled, very diligent medical negligence lawyers who scrutinise every aspect of a claim, and represent their clients tirelessly. Very simply, they want to give people the best possible chance of continuing their lives with the requisite financial and medical support.
Personally, they are down to earth, friendly and approachable people whom you can talk to and confide in. They’ve seen most things and understand how these traumatic incidents can devastate lives, gauging the true cost of the physical, psychological and emotional damage sustained. They will listen and encourage and then use their technical skills to translate everything that they’ve heard and felt into positive action for you.
“You have made a very fortunate choice of legal representation who have done a fantastic job of persuading the Defendants to part with a large sum of money. I am certain that no legal team could have done better.” His Honour Judge Robinson, Medical Negligence Case, 2021 talking of the Howells team.
The prestigious Chambers UK 2022 guide ranks the department highly and says Howells is a “noteworthy team offering a broad range of clinical negligence advice to clients, including related human rights claims. Further experience in claims concerning issues surrounding failures in hospital care, including severe birth injuries and delayed diagnoses. Also acts on spinal injury claims, amputations and fatal accidents. The department possesses significant experience in medical inquests.”
“They go the extra mile for the client and are highly efficient.”
Michele Gyte is named as a Star Associate in this area of law and that she is “A very good lawyer – technical, conscientious and hard-working.”
The Legal 500 2022 recommends Howells Clinical Negligence department, saying “Michelle Gyte directs the clinical negligence offering at Howells Solicitors. A specialist in birth injury and fatal accidents, she oversees a team notable for its expertise in niche areas such as prison healthcare, inquests and the interests of secondary victims. Notably the firm also covers matters arising from mental health care, purported violations of the Human Rights Act and supports families during inquests linked to the coronial process.”
Jenna Kisala is also named as a key lawyer in this field.
Q.What it meant by the term Medical Negligence?
A.When a medical professional has made a mistake, a treatment has gone wrong or you have been misdiagnosed which has been the result of carelessness or poor judgment, this could be classed as medical negligence.
Q.What happens first?
A.We will meet with you to discuss your case, gather as much information as possible and give you advice in respect of types of funding available. What we do first will then depend on what outcome you want, whether this be an explanation or apology, assurance that policies/ procedures have been changed and/or compensation.
Q.Will I have to go to court?
A.You will not need to attend Court unless you case proceeds to a trial or approval hearing, if the claim is pursued on behalf of a child or a patient who is not able to deal with the litigation themselves. Your solicitor will attend all other Court hearings on your behalf.
Q.Who will look after my case?
A.Your case will be dealt with by one of our expert Medical Negligence team. As a department we have a wealth of experience in these types of cases.