Expertise and key strengths
I work on a wide range of medical and dental negligence matters. I have a particular interest in delay in diagnosis of cancer claims and also maternal birth injury claims.
My clients feel that I provide a no nonsense legal and medical jargon free approach to their cases which I feel is really important as I want my client’s to feel that they are involved and understand the claim at all stages. I understand that it can be very daunting dealing with a claim or even a solicitor and I want my clients to feel totally at ease when dealing with me.
I have experience of litigated and non-litigated matters which means that whatever the track the cases takes, I am able to advise my client’s to the best of my abilities.
I graduated from Northumbria University in 2011 with my LLB Solicitors Exempting degree before gaining my first legal position in early 2012 at a firm in Preston dealing with primarily Professional Negligence matters and working on Group Litigation claims.
I was fortunate enough to work alongside one of the directors who was a very experienced Clinical Negligence solicitor who I recall passing me a file and saying: ‘Read this, and come and talk to me about what you make of this case in 30 minutes.’ This was my first experience of a Clinical Negligence matter and led me to my current career choice.
Since 2012 I have worked primarily in Clinical Negligence and came to work at Hudgell Solicitors in January 2014- moving back to my native Yorkshire.
I qualified at the firm as a solicitor in September 2016.
Proudest professional achievement
Each case, big or small, when there is a favourable outcome for my client makes me proud to do the job I do.
One of my proudest achievements to date was on behalf of a lady who was not referred soon enough for further treatment at hospital by her optician and then when she was referred the hospital sadly incorrectly diagnosed her with a lazy eye that meant that her condition was not treated as aggressively as it should have been. This lady as a result of the delays and incorrect treatment sustained an 80% vision loss on one eye which has had significant implications on her earning capacity and her daily living. I secured her damages of £375,000.
I have also settled a claim for lady following a netball injury to her hand where there was a failure to diagnose and treat the fractures soon enough which resulted in the need for several further operations and left the client with a permanent claw deformity to her finger. This was again another example of two hospital’s not getting it right and the claim settled for a five figure sum.
Another case that also settled with a favorable outcome was for a gentleman who was admitted to hospital following a stroke at home. He made a good recovery from the stroke initially but sadly developed a large bed sore and due to a pre-existing condition a decision was made to carry out surgery to improve his vascular condition. However, after the surgery there was a failing by the staff to recognise that he had a possible bleed, which was in fact a well recognised complication of this surgery, and he died. His death was found to have been avoidable by the coroner. I managed to obtain his widow £32,500 compensation.
Thank you so much for your helpful and friendly service.
Thank you for all your hard work in our case…you have been so nice, professional and caring. It has been a pleasure to have you work on the case… First Class Service.
I’m sad this will be our last communication but cannot thank you enough what you have done for me, my parents would thank you to if they were still here. You fought mum’s corner when nobody else would.
I would just like to say that Sarah was always polite, took time to listen and came across as someone who knows her job and cares. I would recommend her to anyone.
Qualifications and professional memberships
- LLB (Hons) Solicitors Exempting Degree
- Member of the Leeds Medical Legal Society