Sepsis Negligence Claims
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition where the body’s immune response to an infection causes damage to healthy tissue and organs. If sepsis is not diagnosed and treated quickly, it can lead to organ failure and death.
If negligent treatment of sepsis has resulted in long-term health consequences for you or a loved one, or a loved one has died as a result of sepsis following medical negligence, you may be able to claim compensation. This can often be critical to allow you to cope with the practical difficulties you have been left with, as well as providing recompense for the pain and suffering you or your loved one have endured.
Wolferstans’ medical negligence solicitors have many years of experience supporting individuals and families with sepsis negligence claims, having achieved substantial damages for our clients under even the most challenging circumstances.
Our team are particularly skilled in negotiation and non-confrontational dispute resolution, meaning we can normally secure compensation without the need for you to attend a court hearing. Not only does this involve less stress and uncertainty for you, it also typically allows us to get a fair result faster and at lower cost.
We can provide a highly accurate estimate of your sepsis claim’s value, ensuring you know exactly how much you may be able to secure in compensation. This also protects you from the risk of settling for less than your claim may truly be worth – something that can happen when relying on less experienced firms.
We offer a free initial no obligation consultation during which we will be able to tell you if you have a claim worth investigating further.
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Our sepsis negligence claims service
Our clinical negligence lawyers help clients all across England and Wales to claim compensation for sepsis negligence, including in relation to:
- Misdiagnosis and late diagnosis of sepsis
- Failure to provide appropriate treatment for sepsis
- Failure to refer a patient with suspected sepsis for appropriate tests e.g. blood cultures
- Failure to correctly interpret test results
- Failure to drain septic abscesses
- Failure to surgically remove necrotic tissue caused by sepsis
Read about some of the cases we have successfully pursued in relation to sepsis claims.
How sepsis compensation claims work
Our clinical negligence lawyers can provide empathetic, practical support for the entire claims process, helping to make things as easy as possible on you and your loved ones while giving you the best chance of a positive outcome.
A typical sepsis claim will involve:
- Building your case e.g. applying for medical records, collecting witness evidence and consulting independent medical experts.
- Contacting the relevant healthcare provider with the details of your claim.
- Ensuring the defendant responds to your claim in a timely fashion.
- Assessing the defendant’s response and advising you of your options.
- Negotiating with the defendant and/or using alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as mediation or independent evaluation, to secure a suitable settlement.
- Submitting your claim to the relevant court and representing you at a court hearing where required to resolve the matter.
Find out more about the process of making a clinical negligence claim.
Funding a sepsis compensation claim
When dealing with the practical and emotional consequences of sepsis negligence, questions about how to fund a compensation claim are an additional worry that you don’t need. For this reason, we make the promise that, as long as we believe you have valid grounds for a claim, we will find a way to help you fund it.
For the majority of our clients, the simplest way to fund a claim is with a ‘conditional fee agreement’. Commonly referred to as ‘no win, no fee’ , this means you do not need to pay anything up front to start a claim and will only need to contribute to your legal fees and expenses if your claim succeeds.
Where we do manage to secure compensation, your costs will be based on a percentage of the damages secured. This means you will always keep the majority of your compensation, allowing you to derive the maximum benefit from your claim.
Legal expenses insurance can also be an option if you have this type of cover available. It is often included as an optional extra with home insurance policies, as well as sometimes being offered with certain bank accounts and credit cards.
To discuss your options for covering the cost of a sepsis compensation claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Find out more about funding a medical negligence claim.
Our expertise in sepsis claims
Our clinical negligence lawyers have represented numerous clients in relation to sepsis claims, with a strong track record of achieving substantial damages. With our specific experience with these often contentious claims, we can help make sure your case is built effectively from day one so you have the best chance of a fair outcome.
Wolferstans is accredited by the Law Society for Clinical Negligence, recognising our particular expertise in this area. We are also Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for excellence in legal practice management and client care.
Various members of our medical negligence team are also on the Law Society and AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) Specialist Clinical Negligence Panels and have been accredited by APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) as Clinical Negligence Specialists and Brain Injury Specialists.
Find out more about our medical negligence claims team.
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Common questions about sepsis negligence claims
How long do you have to claim compensation for sepsis?
The standard time limit for bringing a sepsis compensation claim is 3 years. Depending on the circumstances, this may be counted from the date when the negligence occurred or the date when it was uncovered, whichever is later.
- If sepsis negligence has harmed someone under the age of 18, their parents or guardians will have until they turn 18 to bring a claim. After this, the claimant will have until they turn 21 to bring a claim of their own if one has not already been brought.
- If the claimant does not have the mental capacity to bring their own claim for sepsis negligence, there is no time limit for someone else to do so for them.
- If a loved one has died as a result of sepsis negligence, you will generally have 3 years from the date of death to bring a claim.
Knowing which time limit applies to your circumstances and whether it has expired can be complicated, so it is always worth speaking to one of our specialist medical negligence lawyers, no matter how much time has passed.
How much compensation can you claim for sepsis negligence?
You can normally claim two types of compensation for sepsis negligence:
Special damages – Covering specific financial losses incurred up to the date of settlement e.g. the cost of paying for private medical treatment and care and replacing income lost due to having to take time off work.
General damages – Covering non-financial losses e.g. pain and suffering and lifestyle changes necessitated by your/your loved one’s injuries, as well as expected future financial losses and expenses, such as paying for on-going care and replacing lost income.
Can you claim compensation for someone who has died due to sepsis?
If a loved one has died due to complications for negligent treatment of sepsis, you may be able to claim compensation. You will normally need to be a close family member or executor of the deceased’s estate in order to make a claim.
Exactly what you can claim will depend on the circumstances, but may include damages for your loved one’s pain and suffering, bereavement damages, funeral expenses and compensation for lost income and loss of services that the deceased provided for their dependants.
Further information about sepsis compensation claims
For more information about sepsis negligence compensation claims and all types of medical negligence claims, please take a look at our news, blogs and our series of helpful leaflets covering specific issues.
Support for those affected by sepsis
There are various organisations that offer practical and emotional support for those diagnosed with sepsis. Wolferstans work closely with the UK Sepsis Trust whose goal is to end preventable deaths from sepsis and improve outcomes for sepsis survivors.
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