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Sepsis Compensation Claims
If you have developed complications from sepsis arising from poor medical care or delayed diagnosis, you may qualify to make a claim to help compensate you for the pain and suffering caused. The JMW team can provide the expertise and guidance you need to ensure your claim succeeds.
Our experience in sepsis negligence compensation claims means we understand your situation and are well-placed to help you. We take many cases on a no win, no fee agreement and if you call our friendly and sympathetic solicitors now, we will listen to your story and help you decide whether to pursue a compensation claim.
What is sepsis?
Sepsis is an abnormal response by the immune system when it is overwhelmed by infection which causes it to injure its own tissues and organs.
A life-threatening condition, sepsis kills around 44,000 people in the UK every year, according to the Sepsis Trust.
Failure to recognise or treat sepsis properly, particularly in children, can lead to multiple organ failure, septic shock, long-term damage such as amputations, anxiety, memory loss, chronic pain and mental impairment, or have fatal consequences.
Those who survive sepsis may have to spend weeks in hospital and are often left needing ongoing support. Negligence can occur when medical professionals fail to diagnose and promptly treat the symptoms of sepsis.
Common causes of sepsis
Sepsis is commonly caused by an infection; this could be appendicitis, peritonitis, meningitis, a urinary tract infection, pneumonia, flu, cellulitis, a post-surgical infection or encephalitis.
Some people are more vulnerable to developing sepsis than others, including:
- the very young and the very old
- those who have had surgery
- those with HIV
- those who are diabetic
- those who are pregnant or have recently given birth
- or those undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
There is no one sign for sepsis and in its early stages the symptoms can be very subtle or non-specific, meaning the infection is often misdiagnosed. These initial signs of sepsis can include:
- A high temperature or a low body temperature
- Chills and shivering
- A fast heartbeat
- Problems or changes to your breathing
- Feeling or acting differently from normal
Once sepsis has become more established, common symptoms include:
- Skin mottled or discoloured
- Extreme shivering or muscle pain
- Passing no urine (in a day)
- Severe breathlessness
- Slurred speech.
If you show any signs of sepsis, you are urged to seek medical assistance quickly.
The early warning signs of sepsis in children
The symptoms of sepsis appear differently in children than in adults. To find out more, watch the video or view our poster, created in association with the UK Sepsis Trust.
Sepsis and JMW - your questions answered
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening illness and if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with the condition, it can be a confusing time. In this article, our sepsis expert, senior associate solicitor Steven Brown, answers your questions about the potential complications of sepsis, some of the high profile cases JMW has seen, and how compensation can help.
Why Choose JMW?
JMW has one of the most experienced and respected clinical negligence teams in the UK. Headed by leading solicitor Eddie Jones, the team includes members of the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel.
We are able to deal with many cases using no win, no fee agreements. Speak to us today to find out how our expertise can help give you the very best chance of being successful with your sepsis claim.
We will guide you throughout the course of your claim, from start to finish, providing our support whenever you need it.
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