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Sepsis Negligence Compensation Claims

Diagnosing sepsis – or septicaemia as it is also known – within a matter of hours is essential, otherwise it could result in multi-organ failure or death. According to the NHS, there are 100,000 people admitted to hospital with sepsis in the UK each year – and around 37,000 will die from the condition.

Unfortunately, not all cases of sepsis are diagnosed properly, putting patients at great risk. As specialists who regularly deal with sepsis claims, we know how important a compensation settlement can be to help deal with the rehabilitation of those lucky enough to survive – and ease the financial worries of those who are left bereaved.

Specialists in Sepsis Negligence

Our specialist solicitors have represented families in holding health bodies to account when sepsis has either not been considered at all, or not identified early enough to ensure appropriate treatment. Too often symptoms are dismissed as signs of other common illnesses, as it can be caused by any infection, even the most minor.

  • Actively campaign through our 'Hour of Need' campaign to raise awareness around early diagnosis.
  • We offer a free initial consultation with one of our experts where we can discuss your specific case with one of our fully trained and compassionate lawyers.
  • We are committed to challenging cases of medical care where sepsis has been missed or not investigated.
  • Our medical negligence team have recovered compensation for many clients with devastating injuries caused by negligently delayed diagnosis and treatment of sepsis.

 

 

 

We subscribe as members to AvMA who are an organisation that offer free advice and information to those affected by medical accidents and malpractice, helping to support victims and families in cases of serious clinical negligence. Working closely with the NHS, the government and private health trusts, the AvMA endeavours to improve patient    safety across the healthcare sector.

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Making a Sepsis Compensation Claim

If a delay has been caused by a medical professional failing to spot the signs correctly, or they didn’t react with the required urgency, you may be able to make a sepsis compensation claim. Although many delays in diagnosis or treatment can prove fatal, if a person does survive they can be in a critical condition for a lengthy period of time.

Because of this they will require a protracted hospital stay, and it may be necessary to make a sepsis negligence claim for the pain and suffering caused, or any potential loss of earnings.

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How much will my claim cost?

All medical negligence cases taken by Hudgell Solicitors are handled on a no win no fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay any money up front and there will be no financial risk if your case is unsuccessful.

If your case is successful, you will only be expected to pay a contribution to your solicitor’s fees once the case has been resolved. The costs paid are usually a percentage of the compensation awarded and will be agreed before your case is carried out.

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FAQs

What is sepsis?
Sepsis – or septicaemia as it is also known – is a potentially life-threatening case of blood poisoning that occurs when the body’s response to an infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs. Because the body’s immune system goes into overdrive, it can lead to a series of reactions that causes widespread inflammation, blood clotting, organ failure and death. Around four out of every 10 people who get the illness will die, especially if it is not recognised early and treated promptly.
What are the common causes of septicemia?
Sepsis usually occurs as a result of an infection. Whilst it is more commonly associated with infections in the lungs, abdomen, urinary tract and pelvis. As with most infections, some people are more likely to suffer from Sepsis such as the elderly or the young. Anyone who has recently had surgery, is undergoing chemotherapy or people with HIV are also more vulnerable to developing sepsis. Most people who develop one of these infections do not go on to suffer sepsis. In healthy people, white blood cells are sent by the immune system to the site of infection, keeping it in one place and destroying the germs. With aggressive infections, or people who have a weakened immune system, the germs can spread to other areas of the body. If this happens, the immune system goes into overdrive – sending white blood cells all over the body and causing inflammation. This can do more harm than the original infection – harming tissues and disrupting the blood supply. Because of this, oxygen levels in the blood supply decrease and are prevented from reaching vital organs. This cause the body’s blood pressure to drop and results in septic shock.
What is the impact of a delayed sepsis diagnosis?
Sepsis deaths always have a devastating and long-lasting impact on the families and loved ones who are left behind but, unfortunately, this happens much too often. We understand that obtaining answers is one of the main reasons why people pursue sepsis negligence claims, especially when a death has occurred as a result of illnesses or conditions which should have been prevented, such as a pressure sore, with appropriate medical care. If you or a family member has experienced sepsis whilst under the care of the NHS or a medical professional, we may be able to help you get the answers you deserve. You could also be eligible to pursue a sepsis compensation claim if you or a loved one did not receive an appropriate level of treatment when in hospital. Because this sort of medical negligence claim is a complex one, we would always advise speaking to a sepsis compensation solicitor who specialises in this area of law to find out if you are able to make a claim. Here at Hudgell Solicitors, we boast years of sepsis claims experience and have successfully secured damages settlements for the emotional, physical and financial loss which should never have been caused in the first place. By speaking to one of our sepsis claims solicitors, you can gain access to expert legal advice in full confidentially and without any cost or commitment. It could help you to discover your legal rights, explore the options available and decide what action to take next.
How long have I got to make a sepsis compensation claim?
To make a sepsis claim, you need to do so within three years of the date of your negligent treatment or from the date you discovered you received negligent care. A claim can be made on behalf of a child at any time until the date of their 18th birthday. After this, they have three years from which to make their own sepsis claim. If you’re claiming on behalf of someone without any mental capacity, no time limits apply. Claims on behalf of a loved one who died as a result of sepsis must be made three years from the date of their negligent treatment or the date of their death. That’s why it is essential that you do not hesitate when seeking legal advice in regards to sepsis negligence.

"Hospital at fault for death of three-year-old girl who developed septicaemia from chickenpox."

Sue Jackson, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence

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