Sepsis negligence claims

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Sepsis negligence claims

Sepsis, also known as septicemia or blood poisoning, can be a life-threatening condition and can have devastating consequences if symptoms are missed or diagnosis is delayed. Once diagnosed, sepsis requires urgent medical attention as, if left untreated, it can lead to organ failure and even death.

We understand the difficulties of dealing with a sepsis infection due to medical negligence that could have been avoided. With those difficulties in mind, our sepsis negligence experts are ready to support and guide you towards getting the justice that you deserve, to help you move on and look forward to a brighter future.

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What Is a Sepsis Negligence Claim?


Sepsis is a serious complication that occurs when your immune system overreacts to infection. It causes inflammation and can damage your body’s tissue and lead to multiple organ failure if diagnosis is delayed. If an individual suffers from a weakened immune system, for example, those undergoing chemotherapy, recent surgery, or organ transplant patients; or if the sepsis infection is severe, the bacteria can spread throughout the bloodstream to other parts of the body more quickly.


When medical professionals fail to identify or delay diagnosis of sepsis, this can be classed as medical negligence. Negligence also occurs when medical staff fail to provide adequate treatment for a sepsis infection. The consequences faced from preventable sepsis, caused by medical error, should be compensated and our solicitors are here to ensure that you receive the correct compensation.


You could be entitled to compensation if you have suffered from sepsis that could have been prevented with adequate medical treatment. To find out for sure if you have a claim, call one of our friendly lawyers on 0330 107 5329 who will be able to advise.


Types of Sepsis Medical Negligence Claims

Negligent treatment can arise when medical professionals fail to recognise or quickly identify the symptoms of sepsis

Our dedicated legal specialists are experienced in handling sepsis claims and have successfully represented individuals who have experienced sepsis because of medical negligence. Some of the sepsis claims that we have covered include:


  • Diagnosis delays or delays in treatment leading to sepsis
  • Exposure to infection after treatment or surgery
  • Avoidable sepsis resulting in organ dysfunction or surgical amputation
  • Families and loved ones of patients who have sadly passed away due to sepsis


It is estimated that sepsis affects 250,000 people in the UK every year and certain cases are often the result of medical negligence leading to avoidable sepsis infections.

Even with treatment, it’s possible to get permanent organ damage. This is especially true for people with pre-existing conditions affecting their immune systems. 


Whilst compensation can’t reverse the devastation caused by negligent medical treatment, it can help you to make adjustments to cope with the aftermath of sepsis, including symptoms of post-sepsis syndrome, joint pain and amputation.


How to Prove Negligence in a Sepsis Claim


Proving negligence in a sepsis case is dependent on sufficient evidence that your condition was caused by or worsened due to poor or inadequate care from a medical professional. This usually includes evidence that a medical error occurred. 


When putting forward a claim, it is likely that you will need to provide medical records or attend an independent healthcare appointment to assess your injury and determine whether this was a direct result of the care provider. If the healthcare provider admits fault, it is likely that you will be able to receive compensation for your suffering. 


Our sepsis negligence experts are here to help you find out if you are eligible to put forward a claim. 

Is There a Time Limit on Making a Sepsis Negligence Claim?


A claim for sepsis negligence must be made within three years of the date you become aware of this affecting you. For claims relating to children under the age of 18, the time limit for bringing a claim forward will not begin until their 18th birthday and will run for three years. If a claim is being made on behalf of someone without mental capacity, there can be no time limit.


Why Choose Patient Claim Line?


We have more than 100 solicitors with combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you during your sepsis negligence claim. 


It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows the specific area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. 


We believe that anyone who has suffered from medical negligence deserves justice. That’s why we operate on a No Win, No Fee basis to prevent any financial burdens on those who have suffered, so that you can focus on recovery.



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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Sepsis Negligence Claim?

Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts

Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in medical negligence and misdiagnosis claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.

It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.

Frequently asked questions about Sepsis Negligence Claims

Our expert legal team answer your questions about making an Sepsis Negligence Claim


Meet our medical negligence team

Peter Rigby

Peter Rigby
Director of Medical Negligence

Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.

Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.

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Christian Beadell

Christian Beadell
Partner, Head of Strategy and Legal Operations

Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.

Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.

Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.

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Francesca Paul

Francesca Paul
Associate Solicitor

Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department.  She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.   

Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work.  She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people.  Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.   

One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area.  Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.   

Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council. 

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Sion Wynne

Sion Wynne
Senior Solicitor

Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.

Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.

He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.

Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.


Notable Cases

JI v Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust: £1.25m recovered for client left paraplegic after spinal anaesthesia.

RS v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: £150,000 recovered for client in respect of a failure to recognise complications after a kidney transplant, where her father was the donor.

JN v MA: £100,000 recovered for a client who suffered 2 years persistent pain and disability after knee replacement surgery undertaken as a private patient.

CS v Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: £400,000 recovered for a child who sustained Erb’s palsy during her delivery.

WO’C (Deceased) v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; £450,000 recovered for the family of the deceased who died as a result of a delay in diagnosing a brain tumour.


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Case Study

Sarah's Story

"Now we have peace of mind"

My husband, Nick, went back and forth to the doctors for a long time and tried everything the doctor recommended. But his illness got worse, to the point that he was in agony.

In the end we got so desperate that we asked for a referral. The doctor was reluctant, so we had to consult a private hospital. That’s when we found out there was a tumour. It took years from the onset of his illness to finally start cancer treatment.

He used to be a man with a lot to live for, but in the end he was in so much pain that he withdrew from the family. He became angry that nobody had helped him sooner, and the legal team were able to give him the validation that he was desperately seeking. The NHS confirmed if they had done more, Nick would still be alive today.

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