Sepsis negligence claims
Sepsis, otherwise known as blood poisoning, is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires urgent medical attention. If it is not diagnosed and treated quickly, severe sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and even death. Sadly, sometimes symptoms are missed and negligent treatment results in preventable sepsis, which can have devastating consequences.
At Fletchers Solicitors, our team of specialist medical negligence solicitors understand the trauma that can be caused by a delayed sepsis diagnosis. Our dedicated team has over 400 years’ combined experience dealing with medical negligence including sepsis cases, so you can rest assured we’ll bring the best legal minds to your case.
What is a sepsis negligence claim?
Sepsis occurs when your immune system overreacts to an infection and starts to damage your body’s own tissues and organs. It is estimated that there are at least 250,000 cases of sepsis in the UK every year.
Sepsis negligence can occur when doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners either fail to identify or unreasonably delay identifying the signs and symptoms of sepsis or septicaemia. Negligence can also occur when medical professionals fail to provide adequate treatment for sepsis. If mistakes occurred whilst you were receiving medical treatment that prevented early detection or allowed your symptoms to develop, we could help you make a claim for medical negligence.
We understand how difficult dealing with a sepsis diagnosis can be. That’s why at Fletchers Solicitors, our medical negligence experts are fully trained to guide you through the legal system with the greatest support and empathy.
Different types of sepsis negligence claims
Sepsis is a serious complication that can arise in people who have a bacterial infection in any part of their body. If an infection is particularly severe or the person’s immune system is weak – for instance if they have recently had surgery or an organ transplant, are going through chemotherapy, or are a child under 1 year old or are an adult aged over 75 – the bacteria can spread throughout the bloodstream to other parts of the body more quickly.
Negligent treatment can arise when medical professionals fail to recognise or quickly identify the symptoms of sepsis.
Even with treatment, it’s possible to get permanent organ damage. This is especially true for people with pre-existing conditions that affect their immune systems.
At Fletchers Solicitors, our dedicated legal advisors are skilled at handling sepsis cases and have successfully represented Claimants who have experienced:
- Delay in diagnosis and treatment of septicaemia resulting in sepsis
- Treatment that has resulted in patients being unreasonably exposed to infection that later developed into septicaemia/ sepsis
- Patients who have suffered organ dysfunction as a result of sepsis that would otherwise have been avoided
- Patients who have required surgical amputations as a result of developing sepsis that would otherwise have been avoided
- The families and loved ones of patients who have very sadly died as a result of developing sepsis
If you have suffered sepsis that could have been prevented or treated faster, then you could be entitled to compensation. Whilst compensation can’t reverse the devastation caused by negligent treatment, it can help you to make adjustments to cope with the aftermath of sepsis, including symptoms of post-sepsis syndrome, joint pain and amputation. It can help you move on and prepare for the future.
Is there a time limit on making a sepsis negligence claim?
It is important to remember that a claim for negligence must be made within three years of the date that you became aware of this affecting you. If the claim relates to a child under the age of 18, this time limit for bringing a claim will not begin to run until their 18th birthday. In the case that the claim is on behalf of someone without mental capacity, there is no time limit.
We at Fletchers believe that anyone who has suffered from medical negligence deserves justice. That’s why we operate on a No Win, No Fee basis to prevent any financial burdens on those who have suffered, so that you can focus on recovery.