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Sepsis negligence claims

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the body's response to an infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs. It can lead to septic shock, multiple organ failure and death especially when it is not recognised early and treated promptly. 

The UK Sepsis Trust

Sepsis negligence claims

Approximately 37,000 people die of sepsis every year in the UK, that is a higher mortality rate than from heart attacks and some common cancers.  Early diagnosis and treatment of sepsis is vital to saving lives and recent studies indicate that as many as 13,000 lives could be saved by better care. Those who survive sepsis are often left needing ongoing support, sometimes after weeks in hospital.

Common causes of sepsis

Sepsis is commonly caused by an infection, this could be pneumonia, flu, appendicitis, peritonitis, a urinary tract infection, cellulitis, a post-surgical infection, meningitis or encephalitis. Some are more vulnerable to developing sepsis than others, including the old and young, those who have had surgery, those undergoing chemotherapy treatments or those with HIV.

There is research to show that simple steps - such as giving intravenous antibiotics and fluids in the first hour - can reduce the risk of death by sepsis by over one-third. However frequently these interventions aren’t delivered to patients with suspected sepsis in the NHS.

Sepsis symptoms

  • Slurred speech
  • Extreme shivering or muscle pain
  • Passing no urine (in a day) 
  • Severe breathlessness
  • "I feel like I might die"
  • Skin mottled or discoloured

Claim compensation for sepsis negligence

We understand what a devastating impact sepsis can have on patients and their families. We also know how important obtaining compensation can be to help with rehabilitation of those who survive and the financial worries of those that are bereaved as a result of sepsis.

Our specialist solicitors have many years of experience of representing clients in sepsis claims so do contact us and we will advise you whether we feel that you have a negligence case.

Talk to our expert medical negligence claims solicitors confidentially and without any commitment or cost - call us on our free phone number 0800 307 7620 or email us at [email protected].

Please note that there are time limitations on making a claim, for further information click here.

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