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Sarah Huntbach

Legal director

Legal director in the clinical negligence and personal injury

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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My latest articles

Covid-19 and Coroner’s investigations and inquests
Covid-19 and Coroner’s investigations and inquests

The Chief Coroner of England and Wales has published guidance on the impact of covid-19 on the Coronial Service.

New Year New You – Meningitis now calling for corporate supporters
New Year New You – Meningitis now calling for corporate supporters

Meningitis now are calling for corporate supporters as part of their New Year New You 2020 campaign - why not sign up and get a team together to take part in one of their events this year.

Coroner issues Rule 28 Regulation Report
Coroner issues Rule 28 Regulation Report

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.

Bringing a claim for psychiatric injury caused by stress at work

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.

Can I continue to claim local-authority-funded care after receiving compensation?
Can I continue to claim local-authority-funded care after receiving compensation?

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.

Rise in problems relating to gall bladder surgery

Gall bladder surgery The information known about the pre-operative anatomy is important.  In most cases a client will have had a history of cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder, usually due […]

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence specialist at Anthony Collins Solicitors, secures settlement for a client with a spinal cord injury

What happened? Our client, Mrs VF, was taken to A&E having fallen from her horse. An x-ray was taken of her neck and she was discharged a few hours later. […]

Residential placement case study

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 […]

Court of appeal rule clinical negligence in undiagnosed meningitis case

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 […]

Who pays what for community care – the complex web of funding

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 […]