Sepsis is a potentially life threatening complication of an infection. It occurs when chemicals are released by the body into the bloodstream in order to combat the infection, and an inflammatory response is triggered. Most commonly, we see cases where medical professionals fail to diagnose and treat the symptoms of sepsis.
Nowadays, there is a huge amount of publicity about sepsis, encouraging the public to recognise the early signs and symptoms, and to seek urgent medical health. Unfortunately there are still instances where symptoms of sepsis can be misdiagnosed as other conditions, such as flu, or norovirus/gastroenteritis. A patient can be discharged home to recouperate, which can mean sepsis has further time to take hold. Very often, by the time the condition is diagnosed the patient can be very poorly indeed, so when eventually diagnosed, the treatment needs to be aggressive. Failing to recognise or treat sepsis properly, particularly in children, can have catastrophic consequences and at worst can cause death.
We have acted for patients and their families who are suffering the aftermath of sepsis. Because of the speed in which the patient can deteriorate, and unfortunately in some cases die, as a result of sepsis, this can be devastating and shocking for the patient and/or their family. We will take care of the necessary legal procedures, but also offer a sympathetic ear and a compassionate approach, at what will undoubtedly be a very difficult time.
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