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I am a Solicitor based in the Cambridge office of Irwin Mitchell, having qualified in 2010 and joined Irwin Mitchell in 2015.
I deal with all areas of medical negligence claims including:
I have a particular interest in claims relating to maternal injuries sustained during childbirth and mismanagement of IVF treatment, as well maximum severity claims arising from injuries to children during childbirth. Since qualifying I have also developed a niche specialism in the fast developing area of bariatric (weight loss) treatment.
I run my own caseload of complex cases with a medium to high value as well as assisting Guy Forster, Partner and Head of the Medical Negligence team in Cambridge with his most complex and high value cases.
In addition to the above I also deal with medical negligence claims for military personnel. The military aspect adds additional intricacies that need to be dealt with and identified from the outset. I am supported in my role by Irwin Mitchell’s military law team, who are leaders in the field.
I also work with consultants at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge on a series of study days targeted specifically to the East of England network and but also the national network, which aim to increase patient safety and awareness amongst clinicians of the impact errors in care can have.
I am driven by a genuine passion in this area of law. I find the work extremely rewarding and in particular sharing a client’s journey through what is often a very difficult time when something has gone wrong and seeing the life-changing difference awards of compensation can make to their lives. Satisfaction and justice can be obtained through compensation but also through obtaining answers, a simple apology or the knowledge that the situation may be prevented from occurring again.
My genuine interest and love of this area of the law drew me to work for Irwin Mitchell after 6 years of qualification because of the reputation Irwin Mitchell has as a leading firm in the area of medical negligence. Knowing that due to our wealth of expertise Irwin Mitchell is able to provide a first class service to clients throughout the client’s journey, not just in terms of the litigation itself but in relation to rehabilitation, financial/investment advice, court of protection input, assistance with education and other local authority provisions, to name a few.
Walking my dog in the beautiful Essex countryside, spoiling my nephew (as any Aunty would) and enjoying a rare opportunity to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee!
"A fantastic medical negligence Solicitor. She is calm, compassionate, a real people person, and very organised. I would recommend Sarah to anyone considering bringing a medical negligence case." - Client
Sarah Wealleans "is very good with clients, personable and has bags of energy." - Chambers & Partners 2018
Has "a particularly good bedside manner with clients" - Legal 500, 2017
“Experienced, knowledgeable and fantastic with clients” - Legal 500, 2016
Sarah is an 'Associate to Watch' and a 'rising star' in the field. She is noted for being "really good with clients, very organised, bright and sensible." - Chambers & Partners 2016
“Vaginal mesh implants and issues related to them have been in the spotlight recently, with NHS records suggesting that one in 15 patients fitted with the most common mesh products subsequently need surgery due to complications.
“This is obviously a very serious concern and the ordeal that Jo has been through in the past few years demonstrates the devastating impact that problems with these implants can have on women. Thankfully, it seems to be recognised by the medical profession that there are concerns with the use of these implants and an audit of thousands of cases is to be undertaken with the results announced in April.
“We are pleased that our client has received the recognition that she deserves following what has been a very stressful period for her and her family. Whilst the compensation could never negate what she has been though, it goes someway to helping her put the ordeal behind her.”
“Daisy is an inspiration to everyone. Her and her family are not fazed by her disability and are really looking forward to the challenge of the Superhero Series event.
“We’ve seen first-hand through our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign how disability sport can really help people with their rehabilitation and recovery from injuries and also help people realise their potential in spite of any restrictions they may face.”
“This is a devastatingly sad case. Losing a child in any circumstance is a tragedy. Nothing can turn back the clock for them, but it is important for Rochelle and Wesley to get definitive answers as to why Alba-May died so they can try and make sense of their loss and heal as best they can for the sake of their own health.
“We will continue to work for Rochelle and Wesley to help them obtain the answers they are seeking and to ensure that everything is done to ensure that lessons are learnt and similar tragedies are prevented from occurring in the future.”
“It is clear that urgent action was required to address the concerns raised by the CQC, so it is important that steps are already being taken to improve standards across the key areas.
“It is particularly concerning to see any hospital failing to meet requirements in relation to safety, as the welfare of patients should always be the fundamental priority for such organisations. Sadly, we see a great number of incidents in which this has not been the case, with such problems having a lasting impact on both victims and their loved ones.
“The fact that some people may have been placed at unnecessary risk is clearly a significant concern and an issue that should not be taken lightly, so it is vital that standards are brought up to the required level as soon as possible.
“We also hope that lessons can be learned which will ensure that issues of this kind do not emerge again in the future.”
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