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Sepsis Negligence Claims

Sepsis is a rare but life-threatening complication that can be caused by any infection, although most commonly in response to bacterial infections of the lungs, urinary tract, abdominal organs or skin and soft tissues.

Sepsis kills and disables millions of people, more than breast cancer, lung cancer, and stroke combined.

A recent study commissioned by The UK Sepsis Trust reveals that Sepsis affects 260,000 people every year and 44,000 people lose their lives to sepsis. Those that do survive Sepsis are often left with life changing injuries.

Sepsis Symptoms

Symptoms can often be mistaken for common conditions such as flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection.

If caught early enough, Sepsis can easily be treated, and loss of life avoided.

Delayed or misdiagnosed Sepsis can lead to Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock. 

The symptoms are different in small children, older children and adults:

Any Child Who:

  • Is breathing very fast
  • Has a ‘fit’ or convulsion
  • Looks mottled, bluish, or pale
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch

Any child Under 5 Who:

  • Is not feeding
  • Is vomiting repeatedly
  • Hasn’t had a wee or wet nappy for 12 hours

Might have sepsis and you should seek medical help if you are worried.

Adults Who Develop Any of the Following:

Slurred speech or confusion
Extreme shivering or muscle pain
Passing no urine (in a day)
Severe breathlessness
It feels like you’re going to die
Skin mottled or discoloured

might have sepsis and should seek medical help.

Treatment

Management of sepsis after admission to hospital is known as the ‘sepsis six’. This involves three treatments and three tests, which should be started by the medical team within an hour of diagnosis.

Treatments:

  • Giving antibiotics
  • Giving fluids intravenously
  • Giving oxygen if levels are low

Tests:

  • Taking blood cultures to identify the type of bacteria causing sepsis
  • Taking a blood sample to assess the severity of sepsis
  • Monitoring your urine output to assess severity and kidney function

Depending upon the severity of the condition, you may require additional support and admission to the Intensive Care Unit.

Complications

As Sepsis worsens, you can suffer:

  • Severe Sepsis
  • Septic Shock
  • Circulatory collapse and blood flow to your brain, heart and kidneys becomes impaired
  • Organ failure
  • Bleeding and clotting which can lead to tissue death and gangrene
  • Amputation
  • Long term effects such as chronic pain and fatigue, anxiety, memory loss
  • Death

How Can We Help You? 

When medical treatment goes wrong, only lawyers with expert legal knowledge will do.

Unfortunately, a delayed or missed diagnosis of Sepsis is not uncommon. Here at Joseph James Law we recognise the devastating effect that a catastrophic injury can have. We understand that a serious injury can be a severe financial, physical and psychological burden on the whole family. We understand the importance of compensation and can help you obtain a settlement that will help with any financial and future care needs that you may have.

For a free and confidential assessment of your potential claim by our Specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitors please contact us on Freephone 0800 999 1234.

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