Sepsis Compensation Claims Lawyers Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee
If you think you have contracted sepsis during a hospital stay, contact our expert medical negligence team who can provide support and legal advice.
Sepsis can happen to anyone, but where it is as a result of the negligent actions of a medical professional you could be entitled to compensation. Our medical negligence experts have assisted hundreds of clients in making successful medical negligence claims, even in the most complex circumstances. To discuss your specific circumstances with our specialists, call 0800 988 8082 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our team will get back to you right away.
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition arising when the body has an abnormal, or 'dysregulated', immune response to an infection causing organs to fail.
It can be triggered by any infection, but most commonly occurs in response to bacterial infections of the lungs, urinary tract, abdominal organs or skin and soft tissues.
If sepsis is detected early enough, the outcome is extremely positive. But if left undetected, it is likely to spiral to multi-organ failure, septic shock and death.
Who is vulnerable to sepsis?
Everybody is potentially at risk of developing sepsis from minor infections. However, some people are more vulnerable, including people who:
- have a medical condition that weakens their immune system – such as HIV or leukaemia
- are receiving medical treatment such as chemotherapy or long-term steroids that weakens their immune system
- are very young or very old
- are pregnant
- have a long-term health condition – such as diabetes
- have just had surgery, or have wounds or injuries as a result of an accident
- are on mechanical ventilation
- have drips or catheters attached to their skin
- are genetically prone to infections
- are already in hospital because of another serious illness
The main treatment for sepsis, severe sepsis or septic shock is antibiotics. Ideally, antibiotic treatment should start within an hour of diagnosis to reduce the risk of serious complications or death. In severe cases, the antibiotics are likely to be given intravenously.
What should I do if I have contracted sepsis at hospital?
If you are looking to claim compensation for contracting sepsis during a hospital stay, you should contact a medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible. We will then be able to recover your hospital records and start the claim process.
There is a three-year time limit for making a claim for compensation, and raising legal proceedings for medical negligence resulting in physical or psychiatric injury, so it’s best to get in touch with a specialist solicitor as soon as possible.
Our team of expert personal injury lawyers can support you if you have contracted sepsis and can advise you on how best to claim for compensation.
Contact our specialist sepsis medical negligence compensation lawyers today
If you have suffered sepsis as a result of medical negligence, contact our specialist personal injury team today. The team is spread across our offices – Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, with our Dundee team covering Aberdeen and the North of Scotland - making it easy and convenient to consult one of our experts. We will be happy to discuss your claim with you and will explain clearly and concisely how best to proceed. We will also be upfront about how likely your claim is to succeed, any costs involved and also whether we can offer to work on a no-win, no-fee basis.