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How do you prevent Sepsis in a medical setting?
The key to preventing Sepsis is preventing the infection that triggers it – no infection, no overreaction to it. First and foremost, hygiene and good practices in hospitals can prevent Sepsis, simply by minimising the risk of any infections being caught by the patient. If there is no infection, there is no trigger for the ‘overreaction’ that is the start of Sepsis and so, it never develops.
However, no medical procedure is without risk, and it stands to reason that the more invasive the procedure, the greater the chance of infection.
The next step is to practice good hygiene around any open wounds, care for them properly, using anti-biotic creams and, finally, for larger wounds, such as surgery cases, administer antibiotics to either pre-empt or combat any infection before or in its very early stages. The simple step that we are perhaps more aware of than ever currently is hand-washing. Many infections are transmitted by the hands and so, regular, thorough and proper handwashing can be vital.
Am I eligible to make a claim for sepsis?
If you have suffered from unnecessary illness or injury as a result of negligent treatment of sepsis, you should be eligible to make a sepsis negligence claim. The key to the medical negligence claim is to work with a medical negligence solicitor to prove that the doctor or medical professional acted negligently in treating your sepsis, and that this led to unnecessary further illness or injury.
To discuss your specific sepsis negligence claim, and whether or not you are eligible to make a claim, contact our medical negligence solicitors today, here, for a free, no-obligation chat with a solicitor.
When does sepsis become a medical negligence claim?
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. If a case of sepsis is recognised and treated within the first hour of when the symptoms become apparent, then the survival rates are increased to around 80%.
If your sepsis has been misdiagnosed as another condition, symptoms have been ignored by a medical professional, or the diagnosis was delayed in any way, then you could make a medical negligence claim for sepsis negligence.
Infection cannot be 100% prevented, however, the risk of infection can be significantly reduced by proper medical care, and in those cases where infection sets in, there are numerous treatments to prevent the infection becoming serious. Even if Sepsis does set in, timely and properly applied medical treatment can reverse the process, or at the very least minimise its impact so that a full recovery can be made.
If the care you received fell below the required standard, legally defined as being “that of a responsibly body of similarly qualified medical opinion”, then you may well be entitled to make a claim.
Different mistakes that can lead to a successful medical negligence claim include:
Delayed diagnosis- whether sent home or kept in a hospital or medical facility waiting for a diagnosis
Misdiagnosis- where symptoms are not recognised as sepsis, and the doctor wrongly diagnoses your sepsis as another medical condition, allowing the sepsis to be left untreated
Test errors- where the necessary diagnostic tests for sepsis are not carried out, are not carried out properly, or the results of the tests are misread
Medication errors- sepsis is given the incorrect medication, or incorrect dosage, leading to ineffective treatment
If you have suffered mistakes in your medical treatment of sepsis, then get in touch with our specialist sepsis negligence claims solicitors today to learn more about how we can help you. MG Legal, your Medical Negligence Solicitor, regularly handles such cases and we have successfully pursued many different NHS and Private Hospitals and Medical Practices on behalf of our clients.
Is a sepsis claim the hospital’s fault?
A large proportion of those who contract sepsis do so while in hospital for treatment of another existing infection. There are a number of hospital-acquired infections, or infections caught or picked up while in hospital for other treatments, that can commonly lead to sepsis in patients, These include:
Infections to the blood
Infected surgical wounds
Urinary tract infections
While the contraction of sepsis from one of these hospital-acquired infections, or any other type of infection, does not in itself justify a medical negligence claim, it could be an indication of a medical professional who has made a mistake leading to a hospital-acquired infections (HAI).
Some of the common mistakes that might lead to sepsis include:
Improperly sanitised equipment
If it can be proved that a medical professional, or a healthcare facility, failed to meet their requirements to prevent hospital-acquired infections and the development of sepsis, then you could be eligible to make a medical negligence claim with MG Legal.
Sepsis misdiagnosis led to death of 4-year-old girl:
An inquest recently took place for an incident that took place in May of 2018 in which a four-year-old girl passed away just days after becoming ill with an upset stomach. Skyla Whiting, of Blaenavon, Torfaen, was admitted to Nevill Hall Hospital, after displaying symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting to her GP. It was only when a senior doctor saw her on a ward round days later that a diagnosis of septic shock was considered. At this point, Skyla was taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, where she was found to be desperately ill and died a day later.
The subsequent inquest found that low staffing levels at the hospital led to the lack of an earlier intervention, revealing that a senior doctor should have been alerted to Skyla's condition earlier. On Skyla’s case, the coroner said "there was a failure to recognise the nature and severity of Skyla's illness”, and that 'On the balance of probability Skyla would have survived with earlier intervention.” Our sepsis negligence solicitors know that this is a difficult reality for family members to come to terms with, and one that we see all too often in cases of fatal sepsis negligence, especially in that of children.
If you or your child has suffered mistakes in your medical treatment of sepsis, or undiagnosed sepsis, then get in touch with our specialist sepsis negligence claims solicitors today to learn more about how we can help you. MG Legal’s medical negligence solicitors regularly work with clients just like you, and can help you to achieve the justice and compensation that you deserve, all on a no win no fee basis.
How much is my sepsis negligence claim worth?
When you make a medical negligence claim for financial compensation, your claim will be broken down into two parts. The first, called special damages, covers any type of financial expenses that you have suffered because of your negligent medical treatment for your sepsis. This can make up the large majority of many medical negligence claims, and is calculated on an individual basis.
The other part of your claim for financial compensation, known as general damages, covers the pain and suffering of the illness itself. This amount is calculated based on the severity of your injury or illness. For more information on your specific claim, and how much it might be worth, contact out specialist medical negligence solicitors here.
How to make a sepsis claim for negligence:
If you are looking to make a sepsis negligence claim for financial compensation, you first and foremost need to get in touch with a specialist medical negligence solicitor, such as MG Legal. Medical negligence claims can be complex and complicated, and require the legal expertise of a specialist solicitor.
After an initial, no-obligation discussion with MG Legal’s medical negligence solicitors, we will get a simple claim form sent out for you to fill in and get back to us, including all of the useful information that we need to get started on your claim. After this, we will get started on your sepsis negligence claim for financial compensation the same working day, and build your claim to be as strong and robust as possible. For more information on how we work, and how we can help with your claim, contact us online here.
Can you sue the NHS for sepsis in a sepsis claim?
Nobody wants to sue the NHS or to take legal action against them. The NHS is a great service, with amazing staff, who go above and beyond to provide care to ill and injured patients.
However, mistakes happen, and some medical mistakes can lead to unnecessary further injury or illness. Sometimes, when this happens, it is necessary for patients to take legal action against in order to obtain financial compensation for what they have been through, and prevent it happening to others.
To make a medical negligence claim against the NHS for negligence leading to sepsis, or negligent treatment or diagnosis of sepsis, then contact MG Legal’s specialist medical negligence solicitors to speak with an expert today.
Tragic death of six-year-old due to delayed sepsis diagnosis:
An inquest recently took place for an incident that took place in July of 2017 in which a six year old girl lost her life to undiagnosed sepsis after being admitted to hospital a week earlier. Coco Rose Bradford was admitted to hospital in Cornwall on July 25, 2017, displaying symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting. Her parents campaigned for an inquest to take place regarding her death, claiming that hospital staff were “dismissive, rude and arrogant”.
This inquest found that staff at The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust missed multiple opportunities to recognise and treat the girl’s chronic sepsis that she was suffering from. After being admitted to hospital, Coco’s mother says that no tests, such as a stool sample, were taken in order to try and diagnose her daughter, and that she was simply discharged from hospital a few hours later. After being re-admitted the next day with a deteriorating condition, the Cornwall hospital delayed transferring Coco to the regional specialist children’s hospital in Bristol, even though a bed had been made available, the court found.
When she was eventually taken to the specialist hospital’s intensive care ward, a simple blood test showed clear, overwhelming sepsis. Our medical negligence solicitors were saddened to read of this story, and frustrated to hear of the treatment that Coco received while in hospital. It appears that she was prematurely discharged from hospital without receiving the correct tests, which is a form of medical negligence, and that she also suffered a delayed diagnosis of her chronic sepsis, which essentially rendered the infection untreatable and led to the tragic death of the young girl.
What is the Sepsis Six in sepsis treatment?
The sepsis six care bundle is a combination of medical therapies that have been adopted by hospitals in England and Wales in order to prevent mortality in sepsis patients.
As part of the sepsis six, the following actions should be taken within one hour of sepsis being diagnosed:
check full blood count and lactate
IV fluid challenge
monitor urine output
This gives an insight into the intensity of the treatment of sepsis in England and Wales, and what is expected of doctors and medical staff.
How long do I have to make a sepsis negligence claim?
If you are looking to make a sepsis negligence claim, then it is a good idea to reach out to a specialist solicitor as soon as possible, and begin your claim for financial compensation.
The time limits governing this process are governed by the Limitation Act of 1980. This Act states that adults have three years from the date at which the act of negligence causing their illness or injury occurred. Alternatively, if you were not aware of the negligent act until a later date, you instead have three years from the date at which you were aware of the negligent act to make a claim. For more information on the time limits for your specific claim, contact our medical negligence solicitors here.
What is sepsis?
Sepsis, or septicaemia, is an infection that occurs when the body’s immune system overacts to an existing infection, leading to inflammation and organ damage. If sepsis is not properly diagnosed and treated, it can lead to severe organ failure and can be fatal for patients.
Around 52,000 people die every year in the UK from sepsis, and a further 60,000 suffering from life-changing effects for the rest of their life.
Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, is not actually damage caused by an outside organism or infection, but is the result of an overreaction by your own immune system to an infection. As a result, your own body actually ‘attacks’ itself, causing damage. There does, of course, have to be an infection present in the first instance, however, medically speaking, the two are separate conditions.
Sepsis attacks tissues and organs and so, whilst it will generally start at the point of the injury or infection, because it travels in your blood, it can spread to other areas, meaning in one person it might attack the extremities, leading to a need to amputate limbs, whereas in another it might attack the internal organs.
As Sepsis worsens, it generally attacks more of the body, and once severe organ damage has occurred (the most serious phase, known as Septic Shock), there is a mortality rate of up to 30%.
Can I make a sepsis claim for a loved one who has passed away with sepsis?
If your loved one suffered from negligent diagnosis or negligent sepsis treatment, and passed away as a result of their illness, then you could be eligible to make a sepsis negligence claim for financial compensation on their behalf. This will be done through a fatal negligence claim.
Here at MG Legal, our fatal negligence solicitors know that no amount of money to compensate for the loss of your loved one, but we will ensure that you get the compensation that you are entitled to and the justice that you deserve in order to begin to rebuild your life.
Our fatal accident claims solicitors accept all of our clients on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, allowing you to make the claim at no financial risk.
Will I have to go to court to make a sepsis negligence claim?
Many people think of daunting court cases when they think of a medical negligence claim. However, this is not always the case. Here at MG Legal, our specialist medical negligence solicitors settle the large majority of our clients’ claims out of court, and successfully obtain liability from the defending party.
Our solicitors have a success rate of 99% in all of the medical negligence claims that we accept, and this is because of the dedication of our team to build every claim to be as strong and robust as possible. After our solicitors have obtained an admission of liability, they will comprehensively gather all necessary evidence to obtain the maximum financial compensation for our clients.
What are the common signs of sepsis?
There are a number of early symptoms that people suffering from sepsis may display. These include:
An extremely high or low temperature
Shortness of breath
An increased heartbeat
Intense muscle pain
Reduced urine production
Mental confusion and disorientation
If you present any of these symptoms, then your temperature, breathing rate, and heart rate should be closely measured and monitored. On top of this, you may have to take a blood test, urine or stool samples, blood pressure tests, or imaging tests such as X-ray or CT scan.
If you are not offered any of these diagnostic tests, despite showing clear symptoms, you could be eligible to make a sepsis negligence claim with our specialist solicitors.
Make a NO WIN NO FEE sepsis negligence claim:
Here at MG Legal, our medical negligence solicitors take a genuine interest in each and every one of our cases. We believe that our confidence in our own ability is demonstrated by the fact that every medical negligence claim we accept is on a NO WIN NO FEE agreement, which allows you to make a sepsis negligence claim at no financial risk.