£9,000 Compensation in Sepsis Medical Negligence Claim

Author:
Jodie Cook
Senior Associate, Medical Negligence Lawyer
Date:
01/05/2019

A Medical Negligence Case Study - Client Situation

Our client contacted our Medical Negligence Solicitors as he believed there had been a delay in treating his appendicitis, and then a further delay in being administered antibiotics. Our client believed that this delay in treatment lead to him developing Sepsis, as well as a string of other complications, including a surgical site infection.

As a result, he was required to take antibiotics over a course of 3 months, and had to stay at hospital for much longer than expected, as well as attend numerous outpatient appointments.

How We Helped

After taking on this Sepsis compensation case, our Medical Negligence Solicitors started our investigation by obtaining a copy of the client’s medical records. We subsequently appointed an expert general surgeon to establish whether or not the care that was provided was of an acceptable standard.

The expert general surgeon’s report concluded that some aspects of the care administered had been negligent and substandard, and that this had resulted in systemic Sepsis, scarring and had also put the client at an increased risk of future complications, including bowel obstruction.

Once a case was established, our Medical Negligence Solicitors sent a Letter of Claim to the Hospital Trust setting out the basis on which it was considered the care had been negligent. This outlined what injuries our client had sustained and the loss of earnings that had been suffered as a consequence.

Initially, the Hospital Trust responded by denying liability. However, after further communications with the Hospital Trust, agreement was reached between to the parties as to which aspects of the care had been negligent.

The Outcome

Our client was awarded damages of around £9,000 in compensation for the pain and suffering he endured, as well as loss of earnings. The figure reflected the fact that the occurrence of the appendicitis in itself could not have been avoided, and was therefore not a result of negligent treatment.

For more information see Hospital Negligence Claims or Medical Negligence Case Studies.

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