If you or a loved one suffered from Sepsis due to clinical or medical negligence, our Solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation.
We’re careful and sympathetic listeners, and experts at navigating medical negligence law.
If we take on your case, we can help you get the best possible compensation and rehabilitation support.
And we may also be able to act on a No Win, No Fee basis, so ask us for details.
For free legal advice get in touch with our Medical Negligence Solicitors.
Sepsis, sometimes known as blood poisoning or septicaemia is a rare but serious complication of an infection, and unless it’s treated quickly, it can lead to multiple organ failure and death.
If you or a loved one has had sepsis and it wasn’t identified and treated early, you may have a claim for compensation.
Was your condition misdiagnosed, allowing the sepsis to get worse?
Were the proper tests for sepsis not carried out?
Are you bereaved as a result of these failings taking place?
If any of these apply, then our Medical Negligence Solicitors can help you get damages to cover many expenses, including rehabilitation, the loss of past and future earnings, prescription charges, medical fees and out-of-pocket expenses.
In short, claiming compensation can help you rebuild your life, and get you the justice you deserve.
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis occurs when the body’s immune system starts damaging otherwise healthy tissue and organs when it’s reacting to an injury or infection. Often, sepsis will decrease the blood supply to these areas and can result in septic shock, multiple organ failure and ultimately death.
Sepsis can be caused by an infection at any site in your body, as well as contamination to the lungs, abdomen, pelvis or urinary tract. It often manifests following surgery or a long stay in hospital; infected bed sores being a particularly common source of sepsis.
What are the Symptoms of Sepsis?
The early symptoms to look out for if you suspect sepsis are:
- Fever or flu-like symptoms. Alternatively, unusually low body temperature is also an indicator
- Severe shivering and chills
- Rapid heart rate
- Fast breathing
If septic shock develops as a result of sepsis, the symptoms might include:
- A very low or very high temperature
- Dizziness or fainting
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
- Difficulty passing water
- Cold arms and legs
- Severe muscle pains
- A change of mental state, such as confusion
- Loss of consciousness
What Should I Do If I Suspect Sepsis?
If you or someone you know are feeling very ill and displaying any of these symptoms, there’s a chance it could be sepsis. In this case, you should seek immediate medical help, as the sooner it’s diagnosed and treated, the better chance of recovery.
As the condition worsens, sepsis can bring complications including heart, kidney or respiratory failure, blood clots forming in vital organs and limbs, organ failure and gangrene. The latter can require amputation and even lead to death. So it’s vital you get checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible.
What If I Contracted Sepsis in Hospital or it Wasn’t Diagnosed?
If you contracted sepsis while in hospital as a result of substandard care, or your condition wasn’t diagnosed, leading to further complications and long-term health problems or disability, you may be entitled to claim medical negligence compensation.
If a family member has died after contracting sepsis under similar circumstances, you may also be able to make a claim on their behalf.
Sepsis Statistics UK
According to the UK Sepsis Trust, at least 250,000 people in the UK contract sepsis every year. Some 44,000 of these will die and 60,000 will suffer permanent and life-changing after-effects.
But the Sepsis Trust believes awareness of sepsis among both the public and healthcare professionals is “astonishingly low”, even though earlier diagnosis and treatment could “prevent at least 14,000 unnecessary deaths every year in the UK and save millions of pounds”.
Soaps Raising Sepsis Awareness
The profile of sepsis has been given a huge boost in the last year or so thanks to major storylines in two of the country’s biggest soap operas. Hollyoaks character Lily McQueen died after developing sepsis as a result of self-harming – a vivid demonstration to the viewing public of how a wound infection can result in sepsis.
And just last year, Coronation Street told the story of young Jack Webster developing sepsis after grazing his knee while playing football, with his sepsis condition being so severe that doctors had to amputate his leg to save his life.
Soap operas can help to educate millions of people on matters they may know little about. And that can include medical professionals, who may find themselves more likely to recognise the symptoms of sepsis in the future thanks to what they’ve seen on TV.
We’ve seen before how high-profile issue-led storylines on soaps can have an impact in the real world. For instance, after Coronation Street character Aidan Connor committed suicide last year, suicide prevention charity Papyrus’s helpline had its busiest ever day.
We can only hope that something similar happens as a result of these recent sepsis storylines, with more members of the public and healthcare professionals recognising the signs of sepsis and understanding what to do.
Frequently asked questions
- What is the claims process?
When you contact us for a free consultation, we’ll run you through key information such as the NHS Complaints procedure, as you may have to submit a complaint before taking legal action.
If this applies in your case, we can advise you on the procedure and review the outcome of a complaint. After taking on your case, we’ll work with an independent medical specialist to gauge the full extent of your injuries, as this will help us calculate how much compensation you should be awarded.
If your claim is specific to Cerebral and Erb's Palsy, claims are more complex as they rely on a number of independent experts to carry out a thorough investigation. But, we'll take care of the difficult tasks, from arranging appointments with independent medical experts to supporting you if your case goes all the way to trial.
- What is the claim time limits?
Strict time limits apply for making a medical negligence claim, so you shouldn’t delay in seeking specialist legal advice.
You must either claim within three years of when the incident happened or three years from when you became aware of it (the date of knowledge).
If the date of knowledge can’t be identified, assume that the three-year period runs from the date of the incident.
The time limitation period may in certain cases extend to:
- If an injured person suffers from a temporary mental disability,then time doesn’t start to run until mental capacity has returned
- Those aged under 18 years, the three-year period doesn’t start running until their 18th birthday
- If settlement of the medical claim isn’t reached or application for legal action for damages issued to the Courts by the eve of their 21st birthday, then the opportunity to claim compensation is lost unless the minor suffers mental incapacity
Although the Courts have wider powers to alter the time limits, it is not often that the discretion is exercised.
If you’re claiming following the death of another person, you have 3 years from the date of their death in which to claim.
- How will I pay?
Many clinical and medical negligence cases can be funded through a No Win, No Fee agreement, which is also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. Ask for details when you get in touch.
- Can I claim compensation?
Medical negligence claims often arise out of the bad or poor management of your healthcare as a patient.
You may have a case if the doctor, nurse or hospital treating you failed to:
- Provide adequate healthcare
- Keep proper records
- Administer medication
- Properly operate hospital machinery
All of the above raises questions as to the adequacy of the treatment you may have received.
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