Sepsis Claims

Sepsis, also known as septicaemia, is poisoning of the blood and if not treated with urgency, can cause organ failure, loss of limbs and potentially, can be life threatening.

Surgery in the ICU

Cases of sepsis are on the increase in the UK due to staff shortages and overcrowding in wards, which means symptoms of sepsis often simply aren’t spotted or are misdiagnosed.

According to the Sepsis Trust, the condition kills 52,000 people in the UK every year.

 

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How to make a claim for sepsis

To make a claim for sepsis, it is best to speak with an experienced firm of medical negligence solicitors with experience in dealing with sepsis compensation claims.

You can contact our team to find out if you may have a claim, and we can help you begin the process of outlining your claim and requesting any medical records that you may need.

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Sepsis Misdiagnosis

Due to the speed with which sepsis can take control, it is not always easy to diagnose before surgical intervention is required. The symptoms of sepsis can be mistaken for post-operative infections if there has been previous surgery or in the case of someone who is generally fit and well, any number of infections or illnesses.

It is important that if sepsis is suspected, medical help is sought immediately. If it is treated in the early stages, it is likely just to require a course of antibiotics. Failure to catch this disease early can result in life-changing injuries being received.

When can you make a claim for sepsis?

Not all cases of sepsis are caused by negligence from a healthcare institution. However, in some cases, you could make a claim, such as:

  • A preventable infection obtained in a hospital or during an operation
  • A misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of an infection leading to sepsis
  • Clear warning signs of sepsis being missed
  • An infection from a foreign object such as a catheter

Trainee Solicitor, Rebecca Kooyman alongside Associate and Senior Solicitor, Zoe Diss secured a £10,000 settlement for their client Mrs X, following a delay in appropriately treating a para-rectal abscess, which unfortunately contributed to the death of her father.

patient laying on a hospital bed

How long do I have to make a sepsis claim?

Generally speaking, you have 3 years from the date you became aware of the negligent care towards you, that caused the sepsis. After this time, it is extremely unlikely you will be able to make a claim.

There are exceptions to this limitation period, most notably if the person in question is under 18. If this is the case, then the 3-year limitation period will only begin once they turn 18. You can make a claim any time before this.

Time limits can be difficult to establish in cases, so if you’re unsure speak to one of our team today who can help you with your claim.

How much compensation could I receive in a sepsis claim?

As with all medical negligence claims, it is not possible to give an exact figure for sepsis compensation. This is because each case will have its own complexities and variations.

Should your claim for compensation be successful, the amount of compensation you are entitled to will vary. The severity of the infection, if you suffered any lasting damage as a result, and your own personal circumstances will all influence how your compensation is calculated.

These are known and general damages and special damages. You can read more here about how compensation is calculated in medical negligence claims.

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Will I have to go to court?

In most sepsis claims, you will not be required to go to court to receive compensation. In 2021 just over 3% of compensation claims needed to go to court to be resolved.

Most claims are settled out of court, with both parties agreeing to a settlement amount. A claim will only need to go to court if there is a disagreement over the settlement amount, or who is at fault for the claim.

 

Choosing the right solicitors for your sepsis claim

It is essential to the success of your case that you choose the right medical negligence solicitor.

Having a solicitor that is experienced in dealing with the claim you are making, will lead to a smoother claim process, and may even be able to secure you a more considerable compensation amount in the end.

Blackwater Law is ranked by The Legal 500 for both its experience in serious personal injury claims and medical negligence claims including sepsis. We take all of our Sepsis claims on a no win no fee basis. Speak to one of our experienced solicitors today about your experience, and see if you have a claim.

What is sepsis?

Sepsis or septicaemia is a condition where the body produces a severe reaction to an infection, which leads to the immune system attacking its own organs and tissue. If left untreated, it can ultimately lead to organ failure or even death.

Even with timely medical care, sepsis can leave someone with life-changing injuries such as an amputation or the loss of a sensory organ.

If sepsis is spotted and treated early, it can usually be treated with a course of antibiotics.

How Can Sepsis Cause Amputation?

How do you get sepsis?

You can develop sepsis through almost any infection that gets into your body. When bacteria or viruses get into the body, via a cut for example, the body can produce an extreme reaction. Infections that lead to sepsis often start in the lungs or through the skin.

 

What are the early warning signs of sepsis?

According to the UK Sepsis Trust, the symptoms of sepsis are:

Slurred speech or confusion

Extreme shivering or pain

Passing no urine (in a day)

Severe breathlessness

It feels like you’re going to die

Skin is mottled or discoloured.

 

Sepsis Statistics in the UK

According to The UK Sepsis Trust

  • 52,000 people will die of sepsis every year in the UK
  • Sepsis kills more people than bowel, breast and prostate cancer and road accidents combined
  • 25,000 sepsis admissions in UK hospitals are in relation to children
  • 40% of survivors will suffer permanent injuries or complications
  • In the UK, 5 people die because of sepsis every hour

Sepsis Statistics in the UK – Latest Figures for 2023

How long does sepsis take to develop in adults?

From the initial infection, sepsis can develop in adults and children in as little as 12 hours. It is therefore vitally important that the symptoms are recognised early, and treatment begins as quickly as possible.

Is sepsis contagious?

Sepsis itself is not a contagious condition, and it cannot be spread to other people. However, sepsis can be caused by infections. Some infections can be contagious, which could cause someone else to develop sepsis.