Sepsis Claims
BSC, LLB (Hons) & LPC Sophia Azam
Legally reviewed by: BSC, LLB (Hons) & LPC Sophia Azam

Sepsis Compensation Claims

If your doctor has missed a sepsis diagnosis or is not detected at the early stage, you may be left with long-term health problems. Our sepsis compensation claims solicitors at AWH Solicitors are here to help you claim the compensation you deserve.

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 processed the sepsis claims and compensation that you deserve.

Get in touch today for expert help and advice.

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 septicemia 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
  • High blood pressure
  • Septic shock
  • Multiple organ failure
  • 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 developed sepsis or suffered from a case of sepsis that could have been caught earlier, then we may be able to assist you in making a sepsis medical negligence claim. You can also claim on behalf of your family members. 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 diagnosis or 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 sepsis medical negligence claim.

Claiming sepsis compensation

When making a medical or clinical 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 sepsis negligence 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 sepsis claims 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.

Get in touch today for our expert opinion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you sue the NHS for sepsis?

Yes you can claim against the NHS or private healthcare providers if your sepsis diagnosis was missed – for example, if doctors ignored test results or sent you home when you had symptoms.

Is sepsis the hospital's fault?

Hospitals have a standard of care when it comes to treating patients that they need to uphold — and this includes preventing sepsis wherever possible. If a hospital fails to meet this standard of care and injures a patient, the patient can hold the hospital liable.

Do you ever fully recover from sepsis?

Over a period of time most people make a full recovery from sepsis. However this can take some time. Many people continue to suffer physical and emotional symptoms that can last for months or years after they have had sepsis.

Can sepsis come back?

Sepsis can affect anyone at any time, and some people are at higher risk than others. Researchers have been looking at how sepsis survivors manage over the long-term and they found that over the year following their illness, some survivors are more prone to contracting another infection.

Do the NHS settle out of court?

Most medical negligence claims against the NHS are settled by negotiation, meaning you are highly unlikely to have the stress of a court case.