Sepsis Misdiagnosis Compensation

Sepsis Misdiagnosis Compensation

Sepsis, or septicaemia, is commonly known as blood poisoning. It occurs when the body overreacts to a simple infection setting off a cascade of events which leads it to attack its own tissues and organs. When sepsis is not recognised early and treated promptly it can lead to septic shock, and long term damage such as multiple organ failure and death.

There are basically 3 stages of sepsis:

  • Uncomplicated sepsis is common and does not usually need hospital treatment
  • In severe sepsis the infection starts to interfere with the body’s organs
  • Septic shock occurs when blood pressure drops to dangerous levels and organs are prevented from getting enough oxygenated blood

What causes sepsis?

Commons causes of sepsis include a urinary tract infection, pneumonia, flu, appendicitis, peritonitis, cellulitis, a post-surgical infection, meningitis or encephalitis. Sepsis can affect anyone but some people are more vulnerable to developing sepsis than others. These include the old and very young and those undergoing chemotherapy treatments or those with HIV.

How common is sepsis?

In November 2015, the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) reported that there are as many as 200,000 cases of sepsis a year in the UK, and up to 60,000 deaths. To put this into context, sepsis kills more people than breast, bowel and prostate cancer combined in the UK.

What can be done about sepsis?

There are guidelines available to doctors to help them identify and treat sepsis early. Medical research has shown that simple steps – including giving intravenous antibiotics and fluids and oxygen when severe sepsis occurs can make a huge difference to the outcome.

Medical professionals may be negligent by:

  • failing to carry out the appropriate tests, or
  • not diagnosing the condition correctly or
  • by failing to make a diagnosis quickly enough.

If this has happened there may be a case for making a claim if you or your loved one suffers harm as a consequence.

If you would to like to discuss making a claim please contact one of our experienced lawyers. We will work closely with you from the outset and will handle your claim sympathetically and sensitively. We will strive to make sure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.

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