Medical Negligence Claims

Sepsis Negligence Claims

Sepsis, sometimes known as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a potentially life-threatening condition. Every year in the UK there are over 150,000 cases of sepsis, with 44,000 of these resulting in deaths.

Due to the nature of sepsis, early detection is crucial to prevent long-term damage, including multiple organ failure. If your sepsis was misdiagnosed or wasn’t picked up at the earliest possible opportunity, we could help you make a medical negligence claim.

By making a sepsis negligence claim, we could help you secure compensation which would allow you to access expert care and rehabilitation to meet your ongoing and future needs. Compensation could also provide support if your loved one has sadly died as a result of sepsis.

We have specialist medical negligence solicitors based across the country, who have helped thousands of people get the compensation they deserve.

Our lawyers could also accept your sepsis misdiagnosis claim on a No Win No fee basis*, which means that if your claim isn’t successful, you won’t have to pay any legal fees. We can also offer you a free initial consultation with one of our experts where we can discuss your case.

If you’re thinking about making a sepsis negligence claim, contact us free today to find out how we could help.


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Sepsis Claims - More Information
    • What Can Compensation Pay For?
    • If you’ve experienced negligent sepsis treatment, we could help you claim compensation. The amount that you’ll receive will depend on a number of factors including the severity of your injuries and your future care needs.

      We’ll collect the evidence we need to help us come to an amount of compensation we believe reflects your:

      If the medical professional or organisation responsible for your negligence accepts responsibility for negligence, we may be able to get you early compensation payments, often known as interim payments. This money will be taken from your final settlement and can be used to pay for ongoing care and expenses (such as travel costs).

      It can be hard to tell you exactly how much compensation you’re likely to get but we might be able to give you an estimate once we’ve collected evidence. You can be reassured that we’ll work hard to get the best outcome for you, always talking with you to understand your needs.

    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your misdiagnosis at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your illness. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals. These experts evaluate what care you should have received and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

    • Can I Claim On Behalf Of A Loved One?
    • If your loved one has died because of a delay in the diagnosis of sepsis, our lawyers can help you with:

      • Recovering compensation for their pain and suffering, to account for financial losses caused by their death and to cover funeral expenses
      • Representing you at inquest
      • Getting you the answers and apology you deserve from those responsible

      You might be able to claim if you’re the spouse or child of the person who has unfortunately died. We can also help you make a claim if you’re the parent of a child under 18 or if you were financially dependent on the individual who lost their life.

      There’s normally a three year time limit after the date of the death to make a claim. If your loved one had a post-mortem which discovered negligence, then you’ll have three years from the date where you learnt of the findings. Find out more about time limits

      Our lawyers could also help you access a statutory bereavement award, a flat rate of £12,980 which is payable when a wrongful death has occurred. This is available if you’re the spouse, civil partner or parent (if under 18) of the person who died.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You’ll normally have three years to make a claim from the date of your negligent sepsis treatment, or from the time it was discovered you received negligent care. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

      • Under 18s – you can claim on behalf of a child at any time until the child turns 18. When the child turns 18 they can make their own claim but the three year time limit will then apply.
      • Mental capacity – you can make a claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the ability to do so themselves. In these circumstances, no time limits apply.
      • Fatal claims – if you’re claiming on behalf of a loved one who died due to sepsis, you’ll either have three years from the date of their death or the date of their negligent treatment to make a claim.

      If you have any concerns about the time limits for claiming compensation, we’ll be able to talk through your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of the cases we handle are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household and car insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • Meet The Team
    • Our medical negligence experts are based in our offices across the country so will never be too far away from you. The team is made up of experts in all areas of medical law, who have a proven track record of success in their specialist areas.

      We see your health as a priority, so will always focus on getting a compensation sum which can help you access care and support to aid your recovery where possible. Rehabilitation can be vital when it comes to helping you get your life back on track, so our experts will work hard to deliver early access to the best support services and treatments.

      We have picked up the Claimant Solicitor of the Year prize at the Rehabilitation First Awards seven times. This award highlights how compensation can really change lives, allowing seriously injured individuals to live more independently.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Constitutes Negligence?

Due to the devastating nature of sepsis, detecting the disease as early as possible can be very important. If medical mistakes prevented early detection or allowed your symptoms to develop, we could help you make a claim for medical negligence.

If you or your loved one has experienced a delayed diagnosis of sepsis, we’re here to get you the answers you deserve and to make sure that the same mistakes don’t happen to others in the future.

We could help you make a claim if:

  • Medical professionals failed to reach a correct diagnosis
  • You experienced delays before receiving the necessary antibiotic treatment
  • Your GP failed to recognise the early stages of sepsis
  • Your referral to hospital after being diagnosed was delayed

The above factors may have meant that your symptoms worsened, leading to potentially permanent injuries and even death in some cases. We’re here for you in this scenario and could help you secure compensation to help you access specialist care and support.

For more information on making a sepsis negligence claim, contact us online or call us free on 0800 121 6567.

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Can You Provide Help At Inquest?

Unfortunately sepsis can be fatal and it might be decided that an inquest is needed to find out how your loved one died. We can assist you at this difficult time, helping you find out the answers to any questions which surround the death of your family member.

Inquests can seem very daunting, but we’re here to make things a little easier. It’s important to note that inquests aren’t intended to blame people and groups for their part in their death, but to explore the facts surrounding the cause of death.

If the inquest reveals that medical negligence contributed towards the death, we could help you make a medical negligence claim. By doing this we could help you secure compensation for the loss of your loved one while also making sure that similar mistakes aren’t made again.

We can also help you access counselling to help with the bereavement process while helping you secure any financial support you might be eligible for. Find out more about our bereavement services.

If you’re thinking about making a claim on behalf of your loved one, or would like help during the inquest process, contact us today on 0800 121 6567.

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Can I Help My Loved One With Making Decisions?

Sepsis can sometimes mean that your loved one no longer has the ability to control their own finances, health or welfare. By coming to us we can help ensure that your family member’s interests are protected by helping you obtain the legal responsibility for their affairs.

Our Court of Protection team could help you with a variety of issues in this area, including:

  • Disputes over social care and medical treatments
  • Concerns of your ability to manage your own affairs
  • Applying to manage your loved one’s affairs

If you want to plan what should happen to you in the event that you’re unable to make your own decisions, we could help you make a Lasting Power of Attorney. This allows you to choose a person to look after your affairs in the future, lets you specify any wishes you have and can stipulate exactly what powers the selected person has.

For more information, contact our Court of Protection solicitors on 0370 1500 100.

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We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven previous occasions.
"One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."

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We support The UK Sepsis Trust.

The UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) is a charity which hopes to instigate political change, educate healthcare professionals and raise public awareness of sepsis.

UKST is made up of working doctors and nurses who continue to work in hospitals while volunteering their time to share their expertise on the condition.

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