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Sepsis Negligence Claims

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Peter Rigby - Director of Medical Negligence | Last updated on: 10th July, 2024

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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. Sepsis claims can provide compensation that you could use for rehabilitation and care needs.

Once diagnosed, sepsis requires urgent medical attention as, if left untreated, it can lead to organ failure and even death. At Patient Claim Line, 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 through your sepsis claim and help get the justice that you deserve

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What is Sepsis?

Sepsis, also known as septicaemia, is a serious complication that occurs when your immune system overreacts to infection. Sepsis causes inflammation and can damage your body’s tissue and lead to multiple organ failure and death if diagnosis and treatment is delayed. 5 people die with sepsis every hour in the UK.

What is a Sepsis Negligence Claim?

When medical professionals fail to identify or delay diagnosis of sepsis, this can be classed as medical negligence and you could be entitled to make a sepsis claim. Sepsis negligence also occurs when medical staff fail to provide adequate treatment for a sepsis infection. The consequences faced from preventable sepsis can result in life-changing injuries for patients, these consequences that have been caused by medical negligence should be compensated for. Our solicitors are here to ensure that you receive the correct compensation for your sepsis claim.

You could be entitled to compensation if you have suffered from sepsis that could have been prevented with adequate medical treatment. To find out if you have a sepsis claim, call one of our expert 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
  • 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.

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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 cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a 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 a Sepsis Negligence Claim

Adult Symptoms:

  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Blue and pale discolouration of skin
  • A rash that does not fade when glass is rolled over it
  • Confusion and slurred speech.

Infant Symptoms:

  • Blue, pale or blotchy skin
  • A rash that does not fade when glass is rolled over it
  • A high-pitched or weak cry different to usual
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Breathing difficulties

You can claim for a loved one if they have passed away or have been left incapacitated by sepsis at the fault of medical negligence. We have previous experience representing the families of patients who have lost their lives due to a severe sepsis infection that could have been prevented by improved medical attention and care.

Compensation for sepsis negligence claims is calculated based on several factors including the severity of the injury, how the injury has affected your life and other circumstances related to the worsening of your condition. There is no set compensation figure for sepsis negligence cases as this is decided on a case-by-case basis. In sepsis claims, compensation may cover loss of income; private treatment; specialist medical equipment; changes to vehicles or accommodation; treatment for psychological suffering.

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.

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.

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.


Meet our Sepsis Negligence Team

  • Peter Rigby

    Director of Medical Negligence

  • Alison Flaherty

    Partner, Head of Medical Negligence

  • Tim Moulton

    Associate, Head of Medical Negligence

  • Jennifer Argent


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