Daxa Patel is a Solicitor in the Clinical Negligence team based in Huddersfield.
Senior Solicitor Daxa Patel joined Switalskis in January 2019 and works in the medical negligence department based in Huddersfield. She is a highly experienced claimant lawyer, having worked for more than two decades in healthcare and personal injury law.
Daxa strives to assist her clients with care, compassion and sound legal advice. She sees her role not as a “day job” but an opportunity to serve and to fight for her clients, which she considers a privilege. She is a passionate champion of the elderly, having experienced life as her late father’s primary carer.
Previously a partner in a national law firm and head of a personal injury team, Daxa later established a new stream of work heading up a care home fees department. Her past experience includes personal injury work, consumer protection, breach of human rights, community care & clinical negligence.
Within her medical negligence practice, she represents clients with highly complex traumas, including: brain injury claims; stillbirth claims; wrongful birth claims; amputation cases; misdiagnosed or delayed diagnosis; surgical errors; and orthopaedic claims.
Alongside her caseload of medical negligence claims, Daxa also enjoys business development and marketing. She mentors undergraduates and is an executive and business coach.
Outside of work, Daxa devotes her time to causes related to supporting the elderly. She is a Trustee of Carers Leeds, which supports 80,000 unpaid carers across the city. She also volunteers with Leeds-based OPAL (Older People’s Action in the Locality), and The Silver Line, a national charity that empowers the over 60s and helps to reduce their social isolation.
We asked Daxa:
Q: What do your clients like about you?
A: My clients have said I am professional, friendly and sensitive to their needs and their day-to-day challenges. Often our clients have suffered life-changing injuries – we have to look beyond the injury to gauge the extent of their losses and ensure they get the justice they deserve.
Q: What area of medical negligence are you most passionate about?
A: I am particularly interested in acting for elderly victims of medical negligence who have suffered surgical errors and orthopaedic traumas. These cases can be difficult to prove, yet clients can be left with long-term health issues or worse still, loss of life, leaving the family bereft. I have always been passionate about supporting the elderly as often they have nobody to fight their corner.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: Understanding and unravelling the medical evidence to build a case for the client – it’s a painstaking but important process. I also love the litigation aspect of a case. Often this involves holding ones nerve and working under pressure but never forgetting the client’s traumatic journey and being mindful of what they want.
Q: What are your interests outside of work/volunteering?
A: I took up running after my father’s passing and I have run the Great North Run and recently ran the London Marathon for St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds. I write a blog and love writing. I also enjoy cricket, yoga, cooking and reading. I am currently doing a PhD on end of life care for patients with advanced dementia and on preserving their human rights.