Patricia Wakeford draws on her experience as a qualified midwife to expertly advise on birth injury claims such as cerebral palsy as well as psychiatric injuries following childbirth. One interviewee states: "She is extremely efficient and has good judgement," while another adds: "She is determined and fights hard for her clients to get excellent results."
Patricia is a Legal Director in the Clinical Negligence team. She was a nurse and midwife previously and has a deep understanding of how the NHS and private hospitals work from the inside and how this impacts on you as her client. She uses this experience to your benefit throughout the case.
Patricia understands that contacting a solicitor and discussing personal and often traumatic events can be very daunting. She will guide you step-by-step through your claim and explain the steps that are required with the aim of reaching the best outcome for you.
Main areas of practice
She helps clients who have been unfortunate enough to suffer a medical incident whilst having clinical/medical treatment. Patricia has significant expertise and experience in obtaining compensation for her clients to ensure that they have the provision they need to put them, as near as is possible, in the position that they would have been in if the negligent treatment had been avoided.
Patricia helps clients of all ages and who have had any type of medical treatment where they feel that they have received substandard care and that this has now placed them in a worse position than they would have been in otherwise.
She has always enjoyed being involved in the local community. She was a school Governor at Bosmere Junior School in Havant for 4 years. Subsequently, Patricia mentored disadvantaged pupils at Brookfield School in Southampton and then young women through their GSCEs for theGirlsNetwork charity.
Patricia is now a Trustee for Citizens Advice Gosport.
Patricia was a midwife for over 20 years. She graduated from Southampton University in 2004 following her law degree. She completed her training contract in 2007 and has been working for Blake Morgan as a clinical/medical negligence solicitor since then.
- Hampshire Law Society
- APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers)
- Law Society
- Liability has been agreed at 92.5% in a case where my client has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a result of failures in care during his birth.
- £1.6 million lump sum obtained following inappropriate surgery which led to an anaphylactic reaction that would have been avoided. This reaction led to irreversible brain damage and loss of sight.
- £1.45 million lump sum and £45,000 a year for life obtained following a failure to diagnosis a fractured skull and bleed on the brain after my young client was assaulted. This resulted in a significant brain injury, inability to work and the need for a wheelchair.
- £1.5 million obtained for failure to deliver my client promptly resulting in mild cerebral palsy.
- Recovered £650,000 lump sum and £20,000 per annum periodical payments for life in compensation for the delay in treating her developing Cauda Equina Syndrome
- £500,000 for failure to diagnose and prevent vertical transmission of HIV to my client during the birth.
- £340,000 for delay in diagnosis of sepsis/peritonitis which resulted in long term stoma, vascular problems and a reduced capacity to work.
- £250,000 obtained for my client following an avoidable fall in hospital which resulted in a below knee amputation.
- £200,000 obtained for failure to diagnose and treat testicular cancer which resulted in a relapse and further treatment.
- £15,000 to £50,000 for clients who have developed psychological conditions including PTSD following failures in care during and after the birth of their baby. This includes uterine inversion, poor episiotomy suturing resulting in multiple surgeries and feeling pain during a caesarean section.
Patricia has obtained compensation ranging from £11,000 to £115,000 for clients who have suffered harm as a result of implanted medical device.
She is rated as a Star Associate in the Chambers & Partners UK 2019 guide and in 2018, she was an Associate to Watch.
I know people say thank you but we have said that's not enough. All of your help and guidance, kindness and understanding over these past years have meant a lot.”
She was very patient and understanding, and we found her interpersonal skills to be an asset. Without her caring and attentive attitude, we may well not have pursued it through to conclusion.”
We can never thank you enough for all the help & support you have given us in such sad circumstances & will always be grateful for the care & understanding you have shown to us all, but in particular to Mum. (Maybe you should have been a nurse with your empathy & listening skills not to say you are not a great solicitor though!)
Able to combine her medical background and knowledge with her detailed legal understanding to provide intelligent advice on complex cases.
The service that I received from Patricia Wakeford was 100%. So friendly and approachable.
Thanks for all your hard work and being so good with me. I’m so glad I got you, I don’t think I would of got through it without yourself and Catherine (appointed case manager).
Insights by Patricia
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