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Victoria Gofton

Solicitor, Clinical Negligence

Clinical Negligence Brain Injuries Spinal Injuries Amputations Rehabilitation

Expertise

Victoria joined the southern-based Clinical Negligence claims team at Hudgell Solicitors in April 2020.

A former National Head of Clinical Negligence at Slater and Gordon, she added valuable expertise, bringing more than 17 years’ experience supporting seriously injured clients.

Victoria specialises in assisting clients who have suffered brain injuries, spinal injuries or amputations with a focus on their rehabilitation needs, to help them achieve the best possible outcome for their future.

Key Strengths

Victoria also has experience in cases involving fatalities of loved ones and has developed a reputation for handling such cases sensitively and compassionately.

Throughout her career Victoria has overseen many complex legal and high value cases. She firmly believes justice should be available to all, especially those that have been devastated after sustaining a serious and life changing injury.

Victoria is accredited by the Law Society as a specialist in Clinical Negligence work.

My View

I passionately believe we can have a hugely positive impact on the lives of those who have suffered an injury and their family. People can lose their loved ones, their own good health, their income, their ability to work and much of their life enjoyment. They turn to us when they desperately need help.

Our clients deserve to have somebody on their side doing all they can to help them get their life back as near as possible to what it was before, and to ensure provisions are made for the future.

I’m always very aware that in cases involving serious, life-changing injury, we can provide support for a long time, almost day to day in some cases, yet there always comes a time when the legal work comes to an end.

I believe it is part of my job, as their solicitor, to ensure my clients are prepared for that moment and to have built an effective and efficient team of people they can continue to work with, from their case manager and support workers, to their financial advisors.

This means I can step back from my role and everything else continues smoothly, utilising the funds they have obtained through the litigation.”

Significant Cases

I secured £5.6m in damages for a young man who sustained a serious brain injury.  He was 17 years old at the time of injury and needed significant rehabilitation in a residential unit.  He was then moved into independent living to continue his rehabilitation with a 24 hours a day support team around him whilst his family remained in the family home nearby.

£550,000 for an anaesthetic awareness case where the client suffered a serious psychiatric reaction and developed chronic fatigue syndrome preventing her from returning to a rewarding career she very much enjoyed.

£450,000 for a young client who suffered an injury caused by the incorrect placement of a spinal anaesthetic which resulted in a permanent foot drop and weakness in the right leg.  The young lady was unable to care for her baby and felt unstable every time she picked up either of her children and unable to train for a career in child care she had hoped to pursue.

Full admission of liability for a client who suffered a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage following complaints of headaches and episodes of fainting, having attended the out of hours GP service and at her local hospital and A&E.  She suffered a serious brain injury and returned to live with her family for support.  An interim payment of £200,000 was initially secured whilst expert evidence was obtained into her long term prognosis.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Member of Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel
  • APIL

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