A sepsis claim refers to a legal action taken by a patient or their family against healthcare providers or medical facilities when they believe that negligence or medical malpractice led to the development or improper treatment of sepsis, resulting in harm or death. Sepsis is a severe and life-threatening condition caused by the body's response to infection, and timely and appropriate medical care is crucial to its management and prevention of complications.
Sepsis or septicaemia is commonly known as ‘blood poisoning’. When the immune system releases chemicals into the bloodstream to combat infection, it can trigger an overwhelming inflammatory response. Such a response can lead to organ dysfunction and result in organ failure. Sepsis can be caused by an array of different infections, some of the most common being viral, fungal and bacterial. Instances where sepsis is misdiagnosed or treated with delay by healthcare professionals can give rise to a claim based on medical negligence.
At P.A Duffy & Co Solicitors, we represent people in sepsis claims in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Our negligence team are experienced, understanding and sympathetic and will work tirelessly on your behalf to secure the compensation you are owed for what has happened.
How do I make a claim for sepsis compensation?
If you or someone you know has suffered as a direct result of a delayed or missed diagnosis of sepsis, at the fault of someone who owed you a duty of care, you will likely be eligible to make a claim for medical negligence compensation.
If you ask us to represent you, we will start by taking details of the event and assess what has happened and who is responsible. We will put together evidence in support of your claim and contact the relevant health trust to advise them of the claim.
We will ask our medical experts to carry out examinations and write a report about the harm you have suffered. This will form the basis of your case.
If the other side admits liability, we will negotiate with them to agree on the amount of compensation to be paid to you. Where they deny liability or the amount of compensation offered is not sufficient, your case will go to court. We will ensure that you have our support throughout and that you are represented by a medical negligence advocate.
What will I receive compensation for in a sepsis claim?
Compensation can be awarded for a range of issues, including:
Pain and suffering
Reduction in quality of life, or being unable to enjoy normal activities
Financial losses, such as loss of earnings
How much sepsis compensation will I receive for myself or my loved one?
The size of sepsis compensation payments varies widely depending on the severity of what has happened. In some cases, such as where one suffers life-altering injuries like amputation, the payout could be millions of pounds.
If you speak to us about your case, we will be able to give you an initial idea of the range of compensation that is generally awarded for the type of injury you or your loved one has sustained.
How can I finance a sepsis compensation claim?
We know that funding a sepsis compensation claim might be a worry, so we offer a range of options. These include:
Legal expenses cover
After the Event insurance (ATE insurance)
What is the time limit for bringing a sepsis compensation claim?
For an adult, there is a three-year time limit for bringing a medical negligence claim in the UK and a two-year time limit for the Republic of Ireland. This is known as the limitation period. It runs either from the date of the negligent incident or the date that you became aware of the injury you suffered.
In the case of a child, the three-year (UK) and two-year (ROI) time limit runs from the date of their 18th birthday.
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