Last updated on November 11th, 2021
Sepsis is a serious medical condition that can be fatal if timely treatment is not received. It can affect individuals of all ages, and can be extremely dangerous for younger children and babies.
Sepsis occurs when the immune system goes into overdrive in order to fight off an infection. This results in inflammation in various parts of the body and also causes damage to organs and tissues. Initial symptoms include chills and shivering, high temperature, fast heartbeat and rapid breathing. If not treated quickly and effectively, sepsis can cause multi-organ failure and death.
When Can You Make A Sepsis Compensation Claim?
A sepsis compensation claim is a specific type of medical negligence claim. You may be able to claim compensation if you or a loved one developed sepsis but did not receive the necessary treatment on time for various reasons.
Any of the following circumstances may be grounds for filing a sepsis negligence claim:
- Your condition was misdiagnosed – This may happen when a doctor mistakes the sepsis symptoms for some other medical condition and starts treating that condition, leaving the sepsis untreated. Sepsis can be fatal when left untreated.
- Specific tests to diagnose sepsis were not carried out – If the doctor believes you have another condition, they may not carry out additional tests to diagnose sepsis. In this case too, the sepsis remains untreated.
- You were not given the right medication to treat sepsis – Giving the wrong medication is ineffective at treating sepsis and leaves the symptoms to become more severe.
- Delayed diagnosis – Whether you were kept waiting to perform the diagnosis or it took too long to get the results, a delayed diagnosis means a delay in starting the treatment, which could have serious consequences.
What You Need To File A Successful Sepsis Negligence Claim
For your sepsis negligence claim to be successful, you must be able to provide sufficient proof that the hospital or doctor was negligent in their duty towards you. You must also be able to establish that the outcome would have been different were you given the appropriate standard of care.
To do this you should be able to prove any one or more of the following:
- Your GP failed to refer you to a hospital for further investigation;
- No blood tests were done to diagnose sepsis despite showing symptoms consistent with the condition;
- There was a delay in performing any diagnostic tests to rule out sepsis;
- The medication you were prescribed was ineffective at treating the condition.
In some cases, it can be impossible to prove any of the above, making it even more difficult to win a sepsis compensation claim. One way to boost your chances of winning your claim is by having an experienced medical negligence solicitor to represent you.
Benefits Of A Medical Negligence Solicitor
Experienced medical negligence solicitors would in all probability have gone down this road several times before. They understand the complexities involved in these types of claims. They also have systems in place to overcome these obstacles and pave the way for a successful claim.
For one thing, a medical negligence solicitor will have access to the right medical professionals who can examine your medical records and provide their expert testimony supporting your claim. This will lend considerable weight to your claim and increase your odds of winning the compensation due to you.
Medical negligence solicitors also have access to vast legal libraries that they can use to research precedents that back your claim. This is another factor that can play a key role in filing a successful sepsis negligence claim.
In addition to having access to resources that can help you win your claim, they will also take great care to ensure that you get the maximum award that you are eligible for. Without the help of a medical negligence solicitor it is easy to overlook several types of compensation, potentially forfeiting a substantial amount legally due to them. When filing a sepsis compensation claim, your solicitor will claim compensation for all medical expenses, all travel expenses related to the medical treatment, pain and suffering, loss of income, cost of home care, and loss of income. In case of death due to sepsis, the solicitor will also claim funeral expenses.
Other Advantages Of Medical Negligence Solicitors
One of the biggest advantages of having a medical negligence solicitor is that you get the benefit of their legal expertise without having to pay any money upfront. This can be a huge relief for anybody who is seeking justice for their injuries but does not have the financial resources to fund their sepsis compensation claim.
If you have a strong case, most medical negligence solicitors will agree to represent you and help you with the legal procedure on the basis of a No Win No Fee agreement. According to the terms of this agreement, the medical negligence solicitor will help you without charging you any upfront fee. Instead they will cover all legal expenses related to the claim, including the medical expert’s fees and all other court processing fees while the claim is in progress. You only pay an agreed percentage of the award if your sepsis compensation claim is successful and you are awarded compensation.
The No Win No Fee agreement will lay out details of how much you would pay as fees. In most cases, this is a percentage of the total amount awarded to you as compensation. Having a medical negligence solicitor handling your sepsis compensation claim gives you or your loved one much-needed time deal with the aftermath of the negligence, knowing that there is someone capable working to seek justice on your behalf.