Sepsis Clinical Negligence Compensation Claim

There have been many stories of patient deaths captured by the media in recent years. Much of this is due to the delayed diagnosis and often misdiagnosis of the illness.

Around thirty percent of cases of sepsis result in death in the UK, with a massive 150,000 people being diagnosed with the illness every year. A very important independent report was commissioned recently into Sepsis which found an unacceptable third of cases of the disease was delayed in diagnosis. This is very much a form of medical negligence and we can help you to get the compensation that you deserve if you have been the victim of mis-diagnosis or delayed diagnosis of sepsis.

No Win, No Fee Sepsis Claims

We may be able to take your Sepsis claim on using a no win, no fee agreement. This means that we will assess your case and if we feel that there is a high probability that we will be successful in securing you compensation then we will take your case on this basis. It means that pursuing a compensation claim is very low risk for you and you can be assured that you will not have to pay any legal fees associated with the claim, these will be paid by the other side.

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis happens when our bodies try to fight off a serious infection. This can result in a huge response by our immune systems that can cause a large amount of inflammation throughout major organs and tissues. It is this inflammation that is referred to as Sepsis. Sepsis can threaten life it is not recognised and treated promptly.

Therefore, it is paramount that health professionals, including doctors, are able to recognise and treat Sepsis at the earliest opportunity in order to ensure that it does not result in permanent injury that can affect peoples quality of life.

High quality research has shown that if it is recognised in the first hour of it happening, patients have a high survival rate of 80%. However, this survival rate reduces to 30% if it is recognised in the sixth hour.

Sepsis and making a clinical negligence claim

Some people can become very ill as a result of Sepsis and it can sometimes result in death. This can sometimes happen despite health professionals best efforts and excellent care which most people who get Sepsis will receive. Sometimes, permanent damage can result where Sepsis has not been diagnosed properly or where there is a delay in diagnosis. It is in these cases that we might be able to help you to pursue a clinical negligence claim.

Some cases where we have acted for people as a result of the standard of care they have received during their treatment for Sepsis include:

– Failure to treat a bowel obstruction and abdominal problem which occurred after a spinal operation. This person suffered from chronic sepsis which resulted in multi-organ failure.

– Sepsis in a six month year old baby who was diagnosed incorrectly with tonsillitis. This led to a delay in diagnosis and resulted in the baby developing meningococcal septicaemia.

Establishing a Breach of Duty

In these cases, it is usually necessary to establish that a breach of duty of care has occurred by a health professional, which has resulted in a delayed or mis-diagnosis. This can sometimes be difficult to establish and will involve a complex process of consulting a range of independent experts to establish if a breach of duty of care has occurred.

In order for a compensation claim for the management of Sepsis to be successful, it will be necessary to establish if the level of care given by the healthcare professionals was appropriate and if the outcome for the person that contracted Sepsis would have been different. Expert opinion would be needed to establish if this is the case. Our experts will be able to advise you further on the process that will need to be followed to establish if a breach of duty did take place.


The amount that could be received as a result of a clinical negligence claim such as this involving delayed or mis-diagnosis is extremely variable depending on the circumstances of the case. It may be that a few hundred pounds are paid where there has been transient pain over a period of time. However, where there is permanent agency or neurological disability as a result can result in receiving even million pounds worth of compensation.

Where there has been a death as a result of the mis-management of Sepsis, the amount that would be received by the persons family would vary on their individual family circumstances and if the person had a spouse or dependents.

We can help you to get the compensation that you deserve if you have been the victim of a breach of duty of care.

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