Sepsis Compensation Claims
If sepsis is left untreated, the consequences can be devastating, but sepsis compensation claims can help you through the worst. Here at AWH, we understand that suffering from any form of medical negligence can have a lasting impact on your life and well-being. If you or a family member have gone through a traumatic experience involving sepsis, then we can help you to get the compensation that you deserve.
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What is sepsis?
Sepsis occurs when your immune system responds in an overactive way to an infection, and then begins to damage the healthy tissue and organs in your body. It is a potentially life-threatening condition, but it is not contagious. It is sometimes alternatively called septicaemia or blood poisoning. The most common symptoms of sepsis are:
- Laboured breathing
- Raised heart rate
- A high fever or shivering
- Not passing urine
- Skin discolouration
- Muscle pain
- Confusion, slurred speech or disorientation
In individuals who find it more difficult to communicate, it can be especially hard to spot. Young children and babies must be watched for the following symptoms:
- Being lethargic
- Not responding like they normally do, or not being interested in feeding or their normal activities
- Having difficulty breathing, or breathing very quickly
- Having a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it, the same as meningitis
- Blue, pale or blotchy skin, lips or tongue
They might not necessarily have all of these symptoms, but if you notice any of them it is important that you take them to A&E or call 999 immediately to rule out a serious case of sepsis.
In all cases of sepsis, the rate of survival is dramatically increased if caught, diagnosed and treated early.
Can you claim sepsis compensation?
If you or a family member have suffered from a case of sepsis that could have been caught earlier, then we may be able to assist you in making a compensation claim. There are a number of things that are considered under the bracket of medical negligence. These are:
- Medical misdiagnosis
This is when sepsis is either incorrectly diagnosed or not diagnosed at all.
- Delayed medical treatment
Potentially as a result of misdiagnosis, delayed medical treatment can be fatal in cases of sepsis.
- Failure to consider patient history
There are some individuals who are more at risk from sepsis. People with a weakened immune system, people with a serious illness, very young children, elderly people, people who have just had surgery or who have injured themselves are all more at risk. If a medical professional has failed to consider how your history puts you at risk, then this could be considered medical negligence.
- Incorrect medical treatment
If you receive the incorrect medical treatment for sepsis, then you also may be able to make a negligence claim.
Claiming sepsis compensation
When making a medical negligence claim, you have three years to pursue a claim from the date of the incident or date of knowledge of the negligence, if the negligence was discovered at a later date. Here at AWH, we will be able to start your claim promptly. We will gather evidence, speak to specialists and put together medical records in order to present a strong case on your behalf. We can help you to get awarded compensation within the medical negligence claim time limit. Our solicitors handle every case with compassion and sensitivity, working hard to get to know everything about what happened to you so as to present the best possible case on your behalf. Before we get started with your claim, we will provide you with a free assessment of your case, so you know exactly what making a claim will mean for you.
Your wellbeing is our number one priority, and we want to help you in the best possible way.
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