Whatever the cause of your medical negligence complaint the results 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.
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:
- A & E Claims
- Cancer Negligence Claims
- Care / Nursing Home Claims
- Dental Negligence Claims
- Fatal Injuries
- GP Negligence Claims
- Hospital Negligence Claims
- Incorrect, Missed or Late Diagnosis
- Mental Health Negligence Claims
- Orthopaedic Negligence Claims
- Plastic / Cosmetic Surgery Claims
- Prescription Error Claims
- Spinal Injury & Neurology Claims
- Surgical Negligence Claims
- Wrongful Death Claims
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 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
Appointments can be made for any other day at any of the branches by calling 0114 249 6666, 01709 364 000 or 01226 805 190.
2 steps to contacting Howells:
Call our New Enquiry Team on 0114 249 66 66 or email [email protected] for an initial chat about your situation.
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
Our Medical Negligence team, headed up by the highly rated Michelle Gyte, is a specialist practice group driven hard by their belief that everyone is entitled to access to justice.
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.
Chambers UK 2019
The prestigious Chambers UK guide ranks the department highly and says Howells “noteworthy team” offers “a broad range of clinical negligence advice to clients, including related human rights claims. Further experience of claims concerning issues surrounding failures in hospital and A&E care and delayed diagnoses. Also acts on spinal injury claims, including cauda equina syndrome cases.” “Interviewees highlight the lawyers for their “strong client-driven approach to the work.”
Head of department Michelle Gyte is named as a Star Associate, who “is well regarded in the clinical negligence field. She advises on claims arising from delays in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other conditions. She also acts on cauda equina syndrome cases and fatality claims.”
Legal 500 2018
The Legal 500 recommends Howells Clinical Negligence department, saying the firm “is recognised for its ‘longstanding experience in the field’ of clinical negligence and its ‘personal attention to clients’. The practice has expertise in niche claims such as those relating to prison healthcare, walk in centres, provision of mental health care and human rights considerations. The team also handles wrongful birth claims, delayed and misdiagnosis of cancer, substandard orthopaedic surgery claims as well as representing clients at inquests. In addition, it is one of the few practices with a legal aid agency clinical negligence franchise. The ‘very experienced claimant clinical negligence solicitor’ Michelle Gyte is singled out for having ‘managed many high value claims’.
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.