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Sepsis Compensation Claims
If you have developed complications from sepsis arising from medical malpractice or delayed diagnosis you may qualify to make a sepsis compensation claim for the pain and suffering caused. JMW's team of clinical negligence solicitors 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 our friendly and sympathetic solicitors will work with you to deliver the best possible outcome by suing the NHS or a private practitioner on your behalf.
For a free, no-obligation discussion about a potential sepsis compensation claim call us on 0345 872 6666 or fill out our online enquiry form and we will call you back as soon as possible.
How JMW Can Help
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 of clinical negligence solicitors and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel.
We are able to deal with many claims using no win, no fee agreements and our proven expertise will provide you with the very best chance of making a successful sepsis claim regardless of the circumstances of your case.
Our team understands how distressing it can be to experience this kind of serious medical issue and we pledge to guide you through every step of the claims process from start to finish, providing our support whenever you need it.
How to Make a Sepsis Compensation Claim
If a medical professional has failed to correctly diagnose or treat a case of sepsis affecting you or a loved one you may be able to make a clinical negligence compensation claim. This can help you recover compensation to pay for the cost of care and to hold those responsible to account following malpractice.
Our specialist solicitors are experts in sepsis compensation claims and will discuss the full details of your case with you. We will then consult the relevant medical reports and speak to independent experts to determine whether there is a strong case to demonstrate negligence in your care.
We will always aim to settle the claim at the earliest opportunity and will work to obtain interim payments when possible to help pay for any immediate care you may require.
The Early Warning Signs of Sepsis in Children
The symptoms of sepsis appear differently in children than in adults, which makes it essential for parents to get educated on what they should be looking for.
Check out our video or poster, created in association with the UK Sepsis Trust, for more information about the early warning signs that could be an indicator of sepsis in your child.
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening illness but many do not fully understand it. As such, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with the condition it can be a confusing time.
If you have a question about sepsis that is not answered by the FAQs below, check out our article “Sepsis and JMW - your questions answered”, in which JMW’s partner and sepsis expert Steven Brown answers questions about the potential complications of sepsis and provides examples of high-profile cases and how compensation can help.
What is sepsis?
Sepsis is an abnormal response that occurs when the immune system is overwhelmed by infection causing it to attack and damage 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 a range of serious or even fatal consequences, including:
- Chronic pain
- Memory loss
- Mental impairment
- Multiple organ failure
- Septic shock
Those who survive sepsis may have to spend weeks in hospital and are often left needing ongoing support. When medical professionals fail to diagnose and promptly treat the symptoms of sepsis as a result of clinical negligence it can lead to serious health consequences.
What are the common causes of sepsis?
Sepsis is commonly caused by infections, including appendicitis, peritonitis, meningitis, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, flu, cellulitis, post-surgical infections or encephalitis.
Some people are more vulnerable to developing sepsis than others, including:
- The very young and the very old
- Those who have recently undergone surgery
- HIV sufferers
- People with diabetes
- Pregnant women and new mothers
- Individuals undergoing chemotherapy treatment
What are the symptoms of sepsis?
There is no one specific tell-tale symptom associated with sepsis. Moreover, the signs associated with sepsis can be very subtle or non-specific in the early stages of the disease, meaning the infection is often misdiagnosed.
These initial signs of sepsis 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:
- The skin becoming 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 as quickly as possible.
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