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Sepsis negligence claims

What is sepsis?

Sepsis is a rare complication of an infection which can lead to multiple organ failure and death if it is not diagnosed and treated quickly. Severe sepsis and septic shock are medical emergencies. Sepsis is also known as blood poisoning or septicaemia. 
Sepsis is more likely in people with a weakened immune system, who are already in hospital with a serious illness, who are very young or elderly, or who have just had surgery, or who have injured or wounded themselves in an accident.
The UK Sepsis Trust says that 44,000 people die in the UK every year because of sepsis, and that it is the biggest direct cause of death in UK pregnancies.  

What are the symptoms of sepsis?

Young children and babies with sepsis may show symptoms such as:
  • Mottled, blue or pale skin
  • Lethargy, sleepy and difficult to wake
  • Abnormally cold to the touch
  • Fast breathing
  • Has a rash that does not disappear when it is pressed
  • Has a seizure

Have I got a medical negligence claim after sepsis?

The failure by medical staff to diagnose and treat sepsis promptly 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. Sepsis can result in life-changing injuries, including amputation. A successful medical negligence claim can secure compensation that you can use to pay for rehabilitation and care needs. If one of your relatives has died because of misdiagnosed or mistreated sepsis you can also bring a claim for compensation.

Our sepsis experience

We have acted for numerous families who have been affected by sepsis.  They include:
  • Securing £1m for a father left to raise his two daughters when his wife developed sepsis and died soon after giving birth.
  • Settling a case for a six-figure sum on behalf of the family of a young woman who died of severe sepsis 14 days after giving birth
  • Representing the families of two young women who died at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester days after giving birth 
  • Successfully concluding a claim for compensation of behalf of a teenager who developed severe sepsis and peritonitis 
  • Acting for the family of a seven year old boy who died from meningococcal sepsis 
  • Securing a £1.2m settlement for a young woman who had an above the knee amputation after sepsis was misdiagnosed 
If you would like to speak to one of our highly experienced specialist clinical negligence lawyers about bringing a sepsis claim please contact us today on 020 8080 6994 or

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