Sepsis Compensation Claims
Sepsis is a very serious medical condition where the body’s immune response is triggered by an infection resulting in damage to health tissues and organs. Sepsis can be life-threatening, with swift action needed by medical personnel to limit any negative health consequences.
Where sepsis is caught early and treated with antibiotics in time, most people will make a full recovery. However, if the right action is not taken quickly, whether because sepsis is not identified promptly or for any other reason, this can result in irreversible organ damage or even death.
Failure by medical staff to provide the appropriate treatment for sepsis in a timely fashion may constitute medical negligence, depending on the circumstances. In such cases, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Claiming compensation can make a huge difference to your life and wellbeing, including funding private medical treatment and care support, buying specialist equipment and replacing lost income. If a loved one has died due to negligent treatment of sepsis, claiming compensation may be essential to enable you to cope with the practical impact on your family.
Sepsis negligence compensation claims can carry a substantial value, but as a consequence, they are often complicated and contentious, requiring a legal standard of proof to secure a positive outcome. Having the right legal advice and guidance from the outset is, therefore, absolutely essential.
IBB Claims medical negligence team have strong experience with medical negligence claims, having helped many clients to secure substantial compensation over the years. We can offer the expertise and skilled advocacy needed to help you achieve the best available result under even the most difficult circumstances.
We offer a free initial consultation for all medical negligence claims so we can get a clear understanding of your situation and give an honest assessment of whether we think you have a claim worth pursuing.
Where we believe you claim justifies further investigation, we are usually able to offer a no-win no-fee agreement. This means there is normally no upfront cost to start a sepsis negligence claim with IBB.
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Our expertise with sepsis compensation claims
Our medical negligence lawyers and personal injury lawyers regularly support clients all over England and Wales with all types of clinical negligence claims.
We are able to secure significant compensation for our clients in relation to issues such as:
- Misdiagnosis and late diagnosis of sepsis
- Failure to correctly treat sepsis
- Failure to carry out effective diagnostic tests for sepsis
- Failure to correctly interpret test results
- Negligent treatment of a septic abscess
- Surgical errors when removing necrotic tissue resulting from sepsis
- Sepsis-related fatalities
We are accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury Law reflecting our expertise.
Legal 500 judges IBB as having a “good” clinical negligence department and “puts the client’s interests at the forefront of every decision.” Simon Pimlott has “a real eye for detail and works incredibly hard to get the best result for each client.”
How we handle sepsis negligence compensation claims
We aim to resolve medical negligence claims out-of-court wherever possible, as this is usually easier on claimants and their loved ones, as well as allowing us to secure compensation faster and at lower cost to you in most cases.
Thanks to our strong skills in negotiation and other alternative dispute resolution methods, court action is not always needed to achieve a fair outcome for medical negligence claims. Even where court proceedings have been begun, we frequently still secure an agreed settlement with the other side, so avoiding a court hearing.
However, we are also highly experienced in pursuing claims through the courts, so can ensure you will have the best possible representation for your cases if a court hearing is required. Alongside our own expert team, we also have established relationships with specialist barristers and other professional experts, so can always offer the skills and knowledge needed for even the most complex claims.
Our no win no fee sepsis claims service
We realise that the cost of making a sepsis claim is likely to be a concern for many people. However, we represent almost all of our clients on a ‘conditional fee’ basis, often referred to as ‘no win, no fee’.
What this means is that you will normally not need to pay anything upfront to start a sepsis claim with us, instead you will only make a contribution to legal costs once we have secured compensation for you. If we are unable to secure compensation, you will not need to pay out fees, hence the term ‘no win, no fee’.
We will be happy to provide a breakdown of how our fees work during your initial consultation with our team, ensuring you have a clear picture of the likely costs involved before you decide how to proceed.
We seek to explain the costs of pursuing a claim clearly. A client has said, “we were reassured by the no win, no fee guarantee as well as IBB's instructions to take out an insurance for every possibility.”
To find out more about the costs of a sepsis negligence claim, please get in touch.
How much compensation can you claim for sepsis negligence?
The value of a sepsis negligence claim will depend on factors including:
- How seriously the patient was harmed
- The impact on the claimant’s life
- Any specific costs incurred or expected to be incurred as a result of the consequences of the negligent treatment
There are two types of damages you can normally claim for sepsis negligence:
Financial Losses and Expenses – For specific financial losses. This includes things such as paying for private treatment and care, as well as lost income due to having to take time off work and not able to return to work, or perhaps not able to command the same level of income enjoyed before sepsis negligence.
General Compensation – For non-financial losses, such as pain, suffering and lifestyle changes.
Our team can assess your claim and provide a realistic estimate of how much compensation you may be able to secure. You will then be able to make an informed decision about the merits of moving forward with your claim.
Time limits for sepsis compensation claims
If you suffered negligent treatment of sepsis, you will normally have 3 years to make a claim from the time the negligence occurred or when you became aware of it.
If you are making a claim on behalf of a loved one, the time limit will depend on the circumstances. For example, if the injured party was under 18 at the time, you will have until they turn 18 to bring a claim. They will then have a further 3 years to bring their own claim if required, giving a final deadline of their 21st birthday.
Can you claim compensation for someone who died due to negligent treatment of sepsis?
Where a loved one has died as a result of negligent treatment of sepsis, it will often be possible for a close family member or the Executor of their estate to claim compensation on their behalf.
You will usually have 3 years from the date of death to bring a claim. However, the applicable time limit could vary, so it is strongly recommended to speak to a member of our team as soon as you feel able.
Exactly what compensation you can claim for fatal sepsis negligence will depend on the situation, but might include:
- Bereavement damages
- Funeral expenses
- Compensation for loss of income or services the deceased provided