My role

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;
-surgical accidents;
-spinal injury; and
-gynaecological injury.

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.

My experience

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

'Sarah Huntbach – dedicated, legally astute, good forensic analysis of the case. Very tenacious.’ Legal 500, 2021

'Advises on a variety of clinical negligence claims, including birth brain injury cases.' Chambers and Partners, 2021

"She is remarkable and has a reassuring attitude with clients." - Chambers and Partners, 2022

My specialisms

  • Clinical negligence
  • Catastrophic personal injury claims
  • Community care and NHS continuing care funding matters
  • Representing families at inquests


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