Sarah HuntbachSenior Associate
Represents claimants in all types of clinical negligence claims, catastrophic personal injury claims and other related matters.
I represent claimants in all types of clinical negligence and personal injury claims, including:
-serious brain injury;
-cerebral palsy from birth;
-delayed diagnosis of meningitis resulting in life-changing conditions;
-spinal injury; and
I also represent families at inquests where a loved one has died as a result of an accident or medical malpractice. I aim to provide my clients with a greater understanding of what has happened and focus on rehabilitation and provision for the future.
Some of my recent clinical negligence case settlements involve:
-A seven-figure sum (potentially rising to eight-figure during the claimant’s lifetime) for the delayed diagnosis and treatment of meningitis, resulting in irreversible and permanent brain injury to a minor.
-I represented a young lady who, during surgery to remove her gallbladder, sustained a negligent injury to her bile duct, leaving her with lifelong chronic pain.
-A delay in diagnosis of age-related wet macular degeneration causing loss of sight.
-A settlement of liability on a highly-contested birth injury claim.
In my personal injury work, I have recently settled a six-figure sum in a stress-related case concerning a teacher that wasn’t provided with sufficient administrative support to aid with her workload, resulting in severe depression and a loss of employment. I argued the school neglectfully showed a lack of consideration for previous history of depression, as well as exposing a lack of risk assessment for the role and non-existent policies in place for the promotion and wellbeing of employees.
I have recently been appointed an Assistant Coroner for Derby and Derbyshire.
I am also a Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel member and am regularly recognised by both Chambers and Legal 500 for my personal injury and clinical negligence work:
Sarah Huntbach demonstrates impressive experience in a variety of clinical negligence matters, with particular expertise in claims concerning delayed diagnoses and surgical error. Interviewees highlight her pragmatism, noting that she is "really good at homing in on what the important issues are and keeping the case on track." Chambers, 2019
A coroner has issued a Rule 28 Regulation Report calling for hospital practices to be reviewed in order to prevent future deaths, following a fatal clinical negligence case.
Anthony Collins Solicitors are proud to announce that we are now a ‘Brighter Futures Partner’ with the charity Meningitis Now.
The ACS trainees have spearheaded the £2018 for 2018 campaign to raise money for St Basils.
If you have a psychiatric injury caused by stress at work, it’s not clear how to claim for this as a personal injury. We talk through a recent case, which was initially rejected by a trade union.
In short - yes. This is a common question in personal injury or clinical negligence claims and has recently come before the High Court in judicial review proceedings.
The findings of the report can be accessed here. In current times it is not surprising that there are perhaps disparities in funding models whether due to geographical area or source of funding.
The anxious parents of a 13-month-old girl took her to the accident and emergency department of their local hospital at 4 am, as her mother noticed that she had a high temperature and, at home, her eyes were rolling.
Due to his conditions, he has limited communication skills, does not have an awareness of risk – such as road safety – and experiences occasional seizures. He is also unable to make decisions about his residence, care or personal matters.
Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, and can be viral or bacterial. It is potentially fatal and can also result in severe disabilities.
The guidance (www.nice.org.uk/guidance/NG51) urges doctors, nurses and paramedics to consider sepsis early on when treating any patients unwell with infections.
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