Sepsis Claims: Medical Negligence Compensation for Sepsis Negligence
Have you or a loved one suffered sepsis negligence?
If you believe that a lack of appropriate care led to someone suffering from sepsis, you may be entitled to pursue a claim for financial damages.
Rest assured that we understand how troubling it must feel to think that yourself or a loved one has suffered unnecessarily, or even in the very worst case has lost their life due to the mis-management of this deadly infection.
We fully appreciate and understand the ‘if-only’ scenarios you must be playing over and over and your desire to see justice done. That is where we can help.
At Sheldon Davidson we pride ourselves on our personal and empathic approach. Our lawyers are experts in their field and more importantly specially trained to conduct negligence cases with the care and sensitivity they deserve.
If you choose us to represent you, you will feel as though you have gained a genuine ally. We will give your pain a voice and make sure it is heard by the court and ultimately that you receive the financial compensation you deserve.
We work tirelessly to pursue the maximum compensation available for our clients and our track record and client testimonials speak for themselves. We are a leading specialist law firm for medical negligence claims, with first-hand experience and success in managing sepsis negligence cases.
To remove the guesswork and gain some definitive answers on your legal position call us today for that free initial consultation.
What is sepsis?
Sepsis (also referred to as blood poisoning or Septicaemia) is an extremely serious medical emergency that requires urgent medical attention to ensure survival. It is considered acute and serious enough to be treated with the same degree of urgency as a stroke or heart attack.
As such, healthcare professionals have a responsibility to ensure accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment to avoid further deterioration. If you believe yourself or a loved one’s care has been mismanaged by healthcare professionals in the treatment of sepsis, then first and foremost you have our sympathy. Secondly, there is a high chance you are entitled to pursue a claim for financial compensation. To gain some clarity on this, call us for a free initial consultation.
Sepsis is an extremely serious medical emergency that requires urgent medical attention to ensure survival. It is the result of the body’s overwhelming response to an infection which results in widespread inflammation. If not treated timely with the right anti-biotics it can result in limb loss, organ failure, and even death.
Government estimates indicate that there are around 150,000 cases of sepsis in the UK each year, with around 44,000 of these cases resulting in death. It is currently one of the most common reasons for hospital admissions and inpatient deterioration. For anyone suffering from Sepsis time is literally of the essence, as symptoms left untreated can rapidly become life-threatening.
The severity of the infection progresses through three stages: sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock.
Early diagnosis however can be challenging, as symptoms can present like common illnesses such as Influenza.
As a result, a failure to detect and diagnose the disease can result in symptoms progressing from sepsis to severe sepsis, or worse into septic shock where the person’s life is in danger.
What is considered sepsis medical negligence?
Early detection of sepsis is critical and if treated quickly with antibiotics most people make a full recovery with no lasting symptoms. The risk is severe though for anyone whose symptoms go undiagnosed and untreated for an extended period, as every delayed minute allows for further advancement of the disease. The onus is on healthcare professionals to be alert to the symptoms and to take the correct emergency action.
Due to the fact that every minute counts it remains imperative that timely diagnosis is achieved for patients presenting with sepsis symptoms. To help enable this the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recently updated guidance for healthcare professionals in the effort to improve the accuracy and timeliness of sepsis diagnosis.
Their campaign states that there are six warning signs to look for:
1. Mental State - alteration in mental state
2. Breathing - more than 25 breaths per minute
3. Temperature – tympanic (ear) temperature less than 36
4. Circulation and Hydration – increased heart rate and difficulty passing urine
5. Skin – mottled or ashen, cyanosis of skin or lips, non-blanching rash of skin
6. Blood Pressure – a decrease of systolic blood pressure
In the holistic treatment of sepsis any failure to meet the below standard expectations of care could be certified as negligence in a court of law:
- Timely recognition of sepsis symptoms
- Timely performance of diagnostic tests
- Timely diagnosis
- Immediate referral to hospital
- Administration of intravenous antibiotics without delay
- Engagement of Senior Medical staff without delay
The above list is not exhaustive and obviously, every sepsis case has unique circumstances, so if you believe you or a loved one has received less than the standard level of care for treatment of sepsis and you also believe this has directly aggravated the symptoms and contributed to the eventual outcome then pick up the phone and speak directly with one of our expert lawyers today. They will be able to listen to the circumstances of your specific case and advise with a high degree of certainty whether there is in fact a case of negligence to be answered.
Types of injuries and lasting effects suffered by sepsis patients
Many people who contract sepsis make a full recovery, but there are many whose symptoms progress to a critical, life-threatening level. The mortality rate is obviously dependant on the severity of the disease and what stage it has reached before treatment commences.
While most people will fully recover from mild sepsis, the average mortality rate for Septic Shock is 40%. There are also vulnerable populations such as the elderly, pregnant women, infants, those with HIV/AIDS, and cancer patients. If you are seeking to pursue a claim for a loved one who, sadly has died as a result of what you believe to be sepsis negligence, then you have our utmost sympathy.
Although we can never replace the loss you have suffered we are, without doubt, the right people to help you in your quest for justice. Take the first step by calling us today for a free initial consultation.
For those who are lucky enough to survive Sepsis the lasting effects can be both devastating and life-changing.
They can include but are not limited to:
- Loss of limb(s)
- Brain injury
- Changes in limb sensation
- Reduced Kidney Function
- Lung problems
- Muscle weakness / poor mobility
- Chronic Fatigue
- Joint pains
- Swollen limbs
- Repeated Infections
Clearly the lasting impact for sepsis survivors is significant. It is the extent of this impact that would be used to build a Legal case to show how the claimant’s life has been impacted and will likely continue to be impacted into the future.
How much can I expect to claim for sepsis negligence?
Although it is not possible to provide a definitive figure at the outset of any claim for financial compensation our expert Lawyers will be able to provide some indication by referring to similar cases and the sums eventually awarded by the Court. In awarding financial compensation, however, the Court will seek to reimburse the claimant for two types of damages:
General Damages: the sum awarded is intended to compensate the claimant for the illness and the impact this has had on your quality of life. Essentially it is intended to cover the non-monetary aspects of the suffering and injuries sustained.
Special Damages: this sum is intended to compensate the claimant for any out of pocket expenses. Anything that is quantifiable and traceable via receipts would be included here. It would include such things as medical expenses, loss of earnings (including any projected future losses), physiotherapy, counselling, adaptations to the home etc.
The Sheldon Davidson Approach
Our approach is to bring a human touch to what can often be seen as a cold and daunting process.
We make a great effort to understand our clients, their unique circumstances, and what they are hoping to achieve by pursuing a Legal case. We then set out to help them achieve exactly that.
Our reputation speaks for itself and we remain the go-to law firm for medical negligence across Greater Manchester.
We have solid networks and long-established relationships with medical professionals who are the best in their field in the provision of aftercare and rehabilitation therapies.
We understand what it takes to build a solid case that will eventually secure a financial compensation award.
We have years of experience in supporting people on their recovery journeys and similarly those seeking justice for the incomprehensible loss of a loved one due to third party negligence.
From the minute you make contact you will feel valued, heard, and supported and this will continue until you have no further need for our service. To put these bold claims to the test call us today for a free initial consultation.
One of our expert Lawyers will listen to the circumstances of your case and advise with a high degree of certainty whether you are entitled to pursue a claim for financial compensation. During the call you will experience first-hand the human approach we pride ourselves on. Thereafter, whether you choose Sheldon Davidson to represent you remains entirely up to you.
We are confident however that after speaking with one of our experts you will be convinced that we are the best ally to fight your corner and support you on your recovery journey.
Why choose us?
Established in Whitefield, Manchester in 1997, we are a leading specialist medical negligence law firm acting for claimants nationwide.
Our expert medical negligence solicitors regularly act for clients across Greater Manchester including Ashton, Bury, Bolton, Radcliffe, Prestwich, Middleton, Failsworth, Rochdale, Oldham and Whitefield.
Our team of recognised Sepsis Claims Solicitors can support your needs wherever you live in Wales, England & Northern Ireland.
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