Why might constitute sepsis medical negligence?
In some circumstances, patients who are diagnosed with sepsis may have originally become infected during a hospital stay, perhaps during a medical or surgical procedure. This may be due to poor sterilisation of surgical instruments, lack of hygiene, or placing vulnerable patients in close proximity with patients likely to pass infection. In such cases, it may be possible to bring a claim for medical negligence leading to sepsis if a clear link can be proven between the actions of a medical professional, the resulting infection, and ultimately sepsis.
Sepsis medical negligence may also occur if a patient with the condition presents to their GP or any other entry point to the healthcare system such as A&E, but there is a failure to spot the signs and make a correct diagnosis. Given the vigilance of medical staff across the healthcare system towards sepsis, such events should be extremely rare. Given the speed by which sepsis can progress, urgent intervention is needed (in the form of antibiotics in the early stages); any delay in making a diagnosis can make the difference between a complete recovery and a fatal outcome.
Can I bring a claim for sepsis due to medical negligence?
To bring a claim for sepsis due to medical negligence, it will be necessary to provide evidence that:
- The medical care you received was below a satisfactory standard (i.e. that another medical professional would not have made the same error), and;
- This negligence caused you to contract sepsis.
To prove your case, we will compile evidence, including medical records, and seek expert medical opinion.
What may a sepsis medical negligence injury claim cover?
Claims following sepsis due to medical negligence may cover two areas of loss:
- Pain and suffering due to the injury; and
- Specific costs resulting from the injury caused. This may cover costs already incurred, such as transport, accommodation, and medical treatment, and expected future expenses, such as physical therapy and care costs. The costs you receive will be based on the precise injuries suffered and the circumstances of the case.
We will listen to your case carefully and with empathy and will only recommend advancing your case if we believe you have a valid case.
We have both the legal expertise and understanding of the real-life challenges faced by individuals and their families following such events.
Our solicitors will manage the process entirely on your behalf; compiling the information necessary for your case, including medical notes and managing the submission of your medical negligence claim.
Please contact us now if you would like to speak to a solicitor in confidence about making a claim for compensation