Sepsis, which is sometimes referred to as septicaemia or blood poisoning, is a potentially life-threatening bodily response to an infection.
It is crucial that sepsis is immediately identified and treated; failure to do so can lead to multiple organ failure, long-term damage, and can even prove to be fatal. According to the Sepsis Trust, five people die from blood poisoning in the UK every hour.
If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of a delayed or missed sepsis diagnosis, either due to a medical error or the fault of someone who had a duty of care towards you, such as an employer, and failed to get you treated quickly enough, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Start a medical negligence claim for sepsis by calling our team on 0800 0 224 224 or by completing our free online Start a Claim form.
Frequently asked questions about sepsis
What are the signs and symptoms of sepsis?
Sepsis can present with the following symptoms:
- Swelling, pain or redness around a cut or wound
- A feeling of being very unwell
- Not passing urine
- A very high or low temperature with the skin feeling hot or cold to the touch
- Shivering or muscle pain
- Slurred speech or confusion
- Mottled or discoloured skin
Who is most at risk of sepsis?
Those most at risk of developing sepsis include:
- Those with chronic or serious illnesses
- Diabetes patients
- Cancer sufferers
- Those with a compromised immune system
- Pregnant women
Can I make a sepsis claim?
If a medical professional has failed to diagnose sepsis for you or a loved one, or if the wrong diagnosis was made, or if, for example, your employer dismissed your concerns and didn’t get you to go to hospital after an accident, you may be able to claim compensation. Our medical negligence specialists will be able to advise you on whether or not you have a case.
How long do I have to make a sepsis compensation claim?
There is a three-year time limit for making a personal injury claim, so don’t delay in getting in touch.
How much will it cost me to make a sepsis medical negligence claim?
We recommend clients pursue sepsis claims on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. If you are a member of a trade union, you may be entitled to free legal representation as part of your union membership. Find out more here.
How much compensation will I get in a sepsis misdiagnosis claim?
The amount of compensation awarded in a sepsis claim will vary from case to case. Our experienced and specialist teams will fight to secure you the maximum possible compensation. Damages will be awarded to cover your pain and suffering, any loss of income (to the date of the settlement and into the future) and any rehabilitation or medical costs.
Making a sepsis misdiagnosis claim for compensation with Thompsons Solicitors
Our medical negligence specialists have extensive experience in supporting clients who have suffered due to a missed or delayed sepsis diagnosis. Whether you or a loved one was affected, we are here to secure the compensation you deserve. For free, confidential, no obligation legal advice about your potential sepsis medical negligence claim, please call us today on 0800 0 224 224 or fill out our simple Start a Claim form.