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Sepsis negligence claims

Sepsis is a rare complication of an infection that can lead to multiple organ failure and death if it is not diagnosed and treated quickly. Both instances of severe sepsis and septic shock – when you experience a dangerously low blood pressure drop due to sepsis  – are medical emergencies. 
According to the UK Sepsis Trust, 44,000 people die in the UK every year because of sepsis, which equates to one death every 12 minutes . The biggest direct cause of sepsis related death in UK pregnancies.

If you or a loved one have received a delayed or misdiagnosis of sepsis then you may have a claim for compensation. At Leigh Day, our medical negligence team can help with your case.  

Ready to talk? Discuss your sepsis claim with our specialist team at Leigh Day. Call 020 7650 1200 or

What is sepsis?

Sepsis – also known as blood poisoning or septicemia – is the body’s response to an infection that can be fatal. It is more likely to occur in people with a weakened immune system, those already in hospital with a serious illness, who are very young or elderly, have just had surgery, or who injured themselves in an accident.

Common sepsis symptoms

Sepsis symptoms can differ in adults and young children. If you see any of the below symptoms it’s important you call 999 or go to A&E immediately.
Sepsis symptoms in adults can include:
  • Acting confused, slurred speech or not making sense
  • Blue, pale or blotchy skin, lips or tongue
  • Rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it, the same as meningitis
  • Difficulty breathing or breathlessness

Sepsis symptoms in children and babies may include:
  • Blue, pale or blotchy skin, lips or tongue
  • Rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it, the same as meningitis 
  • Difficulty breathing (you may notice grunting noises or their stomach sucking under their ribcage), breathlessness or breathing very fast
  • A weak, high-pitched cry unlike their normal cry
  • Not responding like they normally do – such as being uninterested in feeding or normal activities, and sleepier than normal

Making a sepsis claim

Sepsis misdiagnosis and a delay to treatment by medical staff can lead to a claim for medical negligence. People who recover from sepsis can be left with long-term health problems, including post-sepsis syndrome. It can result in life-changing injuries, including amputation

A successful sepsis medical negligence claim can secure compensation you can use to pay for rehabilitation and care needs. If one of your relatives has died because of misdiagnosed or mistreated sepsis their dependants may also be able to bring a claim for compensation.

Start your sepsis claim with Leigh Day

If you think you might have a sepsis negligence claim, start by getting in touch with our team for a free consultation. One of our expert solicitors will listen to your case, assess whether you have a claim and advise you on the best next steps to take. 
You can also make a claim for a loved one, such as a child under the age of 18 or someone who has sadly passed away due to sepsis-related negligence. Our lawyers can guide and support you through the process. They can also visit you at home or in hospital if you’re wanting to find out whether you’re eligible for compensation. 
To support your claim our team may require you to gather any relevant evidence. This can include medical and financial records and documents, along with witness statements. This is to verify any treatment you received, assess whether the appropriate actions were taken and the impact it had on your physical, emotional wellbeing and financial situation. 

Speak to a specialist about sepsis claims and compensation today. Call 020 7650 1200 or 

Sepsis compensation

Compensation can be used to improve your quality of life to as close as it was before. The amount awarded is designed to cover the costs of:
  • Care
  • Treatment
  • Loss of earnings
  • Accommodation changes
  • Specialist equipment 
  • Emotional and physical pain and suffering
The amount of compensation you could receive will depend on the severity and specifics of your case. Some examples of the amount of compensation we have successfully secured clients when pursuing claims include:
  • £1 million for a father left to raise his two daughters when his wife developed sepsis and died soon after giving birth. Read more
  • £1.2 million settlement for a young woman who had an above the knee amputation after sepsis was misdiagnosed. 
  • A six-figure sum on behalf of the family of a young woman who died of severe sepsis 14 days after giving birth. 
  • A six-figure sum against King's College Hospitals NHS Trust after a man’s perforated bowel was misdiagnosed and he developed sepsis. Read more
  • £200,000 for a woman after her abdominal surgery was delayed and she developed sepsis. Read more
  • Acting for the family of a seven-year-old boy who died from meningococcal sepsis. 

Why choose Leigh Day?

Our medical negligence team at Leigh Day has more than 30 years’ experience, fighting many sepsis claims and successfully securing compensation for our clients. We have a team of expert sepsis lawyers across the UK who specialize in helping clients receive the compensation  they are owed.
The Times ranked Leigh Day as one of the three top law firms for medical negligence in the UK in its 2020 Top Law Firms supplement. We are also ranked highly in both the independent directory The Legal 500 and Chambers.
“One of the best solicitors I have ever worked with. Has extensive experience in medical negligence work, very thorough and detailed, and achieves excellent outcomes for the client.” – Tony Sirimanna, Consultant Audiological Physician at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Olive Lewin is a clinical negligence specialist who has significant and extensive experience assisting those with complex and high-value clinical negligence claims – including for sepsis misdiagnosis. She works across key cases including securing a settlement for £1 million where a young mother died as a result of missed sepsis within 24 hours of delivering her baby.
She has been ranked by the two leading legal directories Chambers and The Legal 500 as a recommended lawyer in the area of clinical negligence for many years, as a specialist known for her work on complex injury claims. 

Contact Leigh Day about your sepsis claim today. Call 020 7650 1200 or 

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