Sepsis Misdiagnosis Claims

Few people realise that sepsis is one of the biggest killers in the UK.  There are over 155,000 cases annually and the disease is responsible for 44,000 deaths each year.  Sepsis can result from negligence and in these cases, you may be able to claim compensation.  Sepsis can also be misdiagnosed, or diagnosis delayed, a situation which can also give rise to a compensation claim.

At Devonshires Claims, we have a dedicated team of compassionate, experienced medical negligence solicitors who can advise and represent you in a sepsis negligence claim.  We understand that you have trusted healthcare practitioners to take care of you, and for some reason, the care you received was not up to standard.  Although money can never undo the pain and suffering you have experienced, it can help you fund the care, rehabilitation, and lifestyle changes you may need to live your best life under new circumstances.

Reasons to bring a claim for sepsis misdiagnosis

Sepsis can cause severe complications and even death.  It is crucial that healthcare professionals diagnose sepsis quickly and treat it correctly.  Failure to do so may amount to negligence.

You may be able to claim compensation if:

  • your sepsis was misdiagnosed
  • your sepsis diagnosis was delayed
  • your sepsis resulted from medical or hospital negligence
  • your sepsis was not treated correctly

If you believe that you may have a compensation claim for sepsis, please get in touch with our medical negligence team immediately.  Our experienced medical negligence solicitors offer a ‘No Win No Fee agreement for misdiagnosis claims as well as access to a network of medical experts and specialists barristers. 

For more information or to request your free no-obligation case evaluation please contact us on  0333 577 9444, email cn@devonshires.co.uk or complete our online form.

Read our FAQs

Sepsis is an inflammatory immune response caused by an infection.  It is sometimes called septicaemia or blood poisoning.  In most cases it is caused by a bacterial infection; however, fungal, viral and protozoan infections can also lead to the disease developing.  Sepsis causes your body’s immune system to overact and start to damage the organs and tissues.

Certain people are vulnerable to sepsis, including:

  • babies under one, particularly if they’re born early (premature) or their mother had an infection while pregnant
  • people over 75
  • diabetics
  • those with a weakened immune system, such as those having chemotherapy treatment or who recently had an organ transplant
  • individuals who have recently had surgery or a serious illness
  • women who have just given birth, had a miscarriage or have had an abortion

The signs of sepsis can be challenging to spot, especially in children.  This is why it is often misdiagnosed or there is a delay in diagnosing sepsis.

For babies and young children, symptoms of sepsis include:

  • blue, pale or blotchy skin, lips or tongue
  • a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it
  • difficulty breathing (you may notice grunting noises or their stomach sucking under their ribcage), breathlessness or breathing very fast
  • a weak, high-pitched cry that’s not like their normal cry
  • not responding like they normally do, or not interested in feeding or normal activities
  • being sleepier than normal or difficult to wake

Symptoms in older children and adults include:

  • acting confused, slurred speech or not making sense
  • blue, pale or blotchy skin, lips or tongue
  • a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it
  • difficulty breathing, breathlessness or breathing very fast

In the case of both children and adults, not all symptoms listed above may be present.

There has been a recent campaign throughout the UK healthcare system called The Sepsis Six.  This is a care pathway which is part of the UK Sepsis Trust’s recommended approach to diagnosing and treating sepsis.  The following six steps should be taken immediately if sepsis is suspected:

  • Give the patient oxygen to maintain levels
  • Give intravenous antibiotics
  • Take blood cultures to identify the source of the underlying infection
  • Give intravenous fluids
  • Check lactate levels
  • Monitor urine levels

Failure to treat sepsis properly can amount to negligence and compensation may be claimed.

Late diagnosis, misdiagnosis, or negligent treatment of sepsis can lead to catastrophic injuries, including:

  • brain injury
  • organ failure
  • amputations resulting from blood clots developing and causing gangrene
  • severe muscle and joint pains
  • death

Psychological injury can also develop.  Many sepsis patients experience:

  • insomnia
  • nightmares, vivid hallucinations, and/or panic attacks
  • decreased mental (cognitive) function
  • loss of self-esteem and self-belief
  • depression

Compensation can help fund rehabilitation, counselling, adjustments to your home, and other costs associated with making your life as positive as possible despite having suffered sepsis.

To make a sepsis compensation claim, speak to one of our sepsis compensation Solicitors today.  They will take the time to listen to the details of your case in an empathic and caring manner and advise if you have grounds for a claim.

Our team will assess whether the duty of care owed to you was breached, and whether breaching this duty of care caused your injuries.  If so, are likely to have a strong case for compensation.

Your Solicitor will take strain off you and handle your case for you, including collating the necessary evidence (including medical records and correspondence) and will write to the organisation responsible for your care, stating the grounds for your claim.  Our team are best placed to be able to understand the response and move your claim forward to a satisfactory resolution.

Yes; the ‘limitation’ period to bring a claim for medical negligence is generally three years from the negligent treatment, or date of knowledge of the injury.  This means that if you became aware of the injury or diagnosis weeks, months, or even years later, the three-year period is likely to commence from that point.  In rare circumstances, the Court may use its discretion to extend the limitation period, but only for exceptional reasons, so it is important to contact us as quickly as possible

Yes; Devonshires Claims provide a ‘no win no fee’ claims service for sepsis compensation claims.

If you win your case, there will be some deductions from your damages **.

For more information on our ‘No Win – No Fee’ agreement, please click here.

If your sepsis compensation claim is complex, it may take up to three years to complete.  Factors influencing the amount of time the case will last include:

  • the severity of your sepsis and associated complications
  • your long-term prognosis
  • whether ongoing care is required
  • how much rehabilitation you need
  • whether you require costs to cover home modifications
  • whether the defendant admits liability (if they do, claims can usually be concluded much faster).

Compensation claims for sepsis medical negligence not only reflect the physical and mental pain and suffering experienced but also:

  • Allow you to obtain justice for the mistreatment and negligence you experienced
  • Highlight failings in clinical practice, standards of care and protocols
  • Provide you and your family with an explanation of the incident and an apology if shortcomings are acknowledged
  • The amount paid in compensation will depend on several factors:
  • Your pain and suffering
  • Your prognosis
  • The impact of the delay and / or negligence on your health and quality of life – including current and future care requirements, medical aids, home adaptations or other necessary assistance
  • Any financial losses you have incurred as a result of the injuries – including past loss of earnings, medical expenses, travel expenses and equipment costs
  • Any future financial losses, e.g. loss of wages, loss of promotion prospects, pension

Compensation for medical negligence injury fall into two main categories:

  • General compensation (General Damages): this includes compensation for pain and suffering and the impact of the trauma on lifestyle and quality of life.
  • Financial losses and expenses (Special Damages): these include the costs associated with private treatment, care support, travel expenses, other medical expenses, specialist equipment and loss of income.

Why choose us to support your sepsis compensation claim?

Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence and compensation claims experts will carefully assess your sepsis negligence case and will tenaciously fight to obtain the maximum compensation for the injuries you have sustained.  Our team are compassionate and driven, and we will put you in touch with other support services such as counsellors and clinical case managers who can help you recover.

For more information on Devonshires Claims ‘No Win No Fee’ sepsis claims service, contact us today on 0333 577 9444, email cn@devonshires.co.uk or complete our online form.

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