Sepsis compensation claims can be pursued where a late diagnosis is made and the hospital is at fault. Clinical negligence lawyer Oliver Thorne looks at what is involved.
What is sepsis?
Sepsis arises as a result of an overreaction of the immune system following an infection. The effects can be catastrophic, often leading to organ failure and death. It can be triggered by relatively minor injuries; a simple wound that becomes contaminated can be enough.
There are an estimated 250,000 cases of sepsis in the UK each year and it is believed that it is responsible for over 50,000 deaths annually. Although sepsis is a treatable condition if it is picked up early, serious consequences can follow if it goes undetected for too long.
NHS failing to meet sepsis treatment targets
There have been lots of reports in the media of late about the growing problem of sepsis in our hospitals, with the NHS coming under attack for failing to meet targets.
Investigators have discovered that as many as one in four patients with suspected sepsis are forced to wait too long for treatment.
The recommendation is that patients should be put on an antibiotic drip within an hour of sepsis being suspected. The first hour is crucial to survival and campaigners believe that patients are being put at risk by hospital failures during this critical time.
Sepsis compensation claims
When hospitals let patients down by failing to provide an acceptable standard of medical care then people often turn to lawyers for redress. Sepsis compensation claims are becoming increasingly common where patients or their loved ones feel that the NHS are at fault for not identifying the signs of sepsis early enough and not providing the required treatment.
The key to recovering sepsis compensation is being able to build a legal case establishing that if recommended procedures had been followed by a hospital the consequences would have been avoidable.
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