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Sepsis

Sepsis is a condition caused by the body responding to an infection. It is treatable if diagnosed early enough.

Unfortunately, many cases of sepsis and septicaemia go undetected until the latter stages of the condition, with the result that 37,000 people die each year in the UK due to sepsis.

Causes + symptoms of sepsis

When the immune system detects an infection in one part of the body, such as bacteria or a virus, it can ‘overreact’ by causing the blood to clot and other areas to become inflamed and swollen.

This is known as sepsis and it can be life-threatening as it reduces the flow of blood to vital organs such as the heart and brain.

Common symptoms of sepsis include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Shivering
  • Fever
  • Increased breathing

In addition, people who are already ill, have recently had surgery or are very young or old are more likely to experience sepsis. Sepsis is often accompanied by septicaemia (bacteremia) and can lead to septic shock.

Client story | £100,000 award after failure to diagnose sepsis

Making a claim for sepsis misdiagnosis

Our solicitors have expertise in dealing with missed or late diagnosis of sepsis. If you or a loved one have suffered complications from sepsis or if you’ve been adversely affected by a failure to diagnose sepsis, we may be able to help.

Most negligence claims for sepsis are due to a failure or delay to diagnose and treat sepsis in time. Successful treatment of sepsis depends on early intervention and therefore on timely diagnosis of this easily detectable condition.

We have successfully pursued cases in the past where a missed sepsis diagnosis has resulted in serious injury or even death for the sufferer. We know from experience the emotional impact on families, who often just want answers and improvement in care.

Further information

If you’ve received substandard sepsis treatment or you would like to discuss a potential sepsis claim with a medical negligence solicitor, call us on 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.

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