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Sepsis is a life-threatening, serious complication of infection, which, if untreated, can lead to permanent disability or death. 

Sepsis can affect anyone and often does so without warning, overwhelming the body’s immune system within a matter of hours. Sepsis can be difficult to diagnose but is treatable if caught early.

Healthcare professionals are expected to be alert to the symptoms and signs of sepsis and respond quickly because delays in diagnosis and treatment can be deadly.  

Boyes Turner’s medical negligence team have recovered compensation for many clients with devastating injuries caused by negligently delayed diagnosis and treatment of sepsis. Where serious injury has been caused by sepsis negligence, we secure funding for early rehabilitation, care and specialist equipment, adapted accommodation and purpose-built prostheses. Clients who work with us experience restored mobility, independence and self-esteem. Our clients’ settlements replace lost earnings and can help provide financial security at a time when life is difficult enough for those coping with a new disability.

What is sepsis?

Sepsis is a serious complication of infection which, without quick treatment, can lead to multiple organ failure and death. Sepsis most commonly develops from infections in the lungs (pneumonia), urinary tract, abdomen and pelvis, but it can arise from infection in any part of the body.

Leading sepsis charity, The UK Sepsis Trust, estimates that in the UK there are around 250,000 cases of sepsis a year. The condition is fatal for 52,000 people a year, that’s 20% of those affected. In the UK, there are more deaths from sepsis than from breast and bowel cancer combined and many of the survivors are left permanently disabled.

‘Severe sepsis’(affecting the organs or reducing blood and oxygen supply to the tissues) and ‘septic shock’ (where blood pressure becomes dangerously low) are medical emergencies. These advanced forms of the condition require immediate admission to hospital and emergency treatment with intravenous antibiotics. However, in its early stages, before the infection has spread or caused damage to other areas of the body, sepsis may sometimes be treatable with oral antibiotics at home.

Early recognition and immediate antibiotic treatment are the key to successful recovery from sepsis. With correct medical care, lasting, full recovery, without long-term consequences is possible. Sepsis strikes quickly but the condition is treatable.

What counts as sepsis medical negligence?

Sepsis is treatable if caught early, but it can be difficult to diagnose as early symptoms can be confused with other less serious conditions. Where sepsis is suspected, antibiotic treatment must be started immediately if serious injury is to be avoided. Every minute counts in stopping the spread and advancement of the disease.

NHS England has issued guidance to NHS Trusts which is intended to improve the speed of diagnosis and treatment for patients arriving in A&E departments with symptoms of sepsis. The guidance requires hospital staff to alert senior doctors if patients with suspected sepsis do not respond to treatment within an hour.

Correct treatment for sepsis involves:

  • quick recognition
  • quick administration of intravenous antibiotics
  • quick involvement of senior doctors

We have helped patients who have been severely injured and families of those who have died after:

  • delays or failure to refer a patient with symptoms of sepsis to hospital
  • delays or failure to admit the patient to hospital
  • delays in diagnosing, misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose sepsis
  • delays or failure in carrying out appropriate tests
  • misinterpretation of test results
  • delays in administering urgent IV antibiotics
  • delay or failure in calling for senior medical review of the patient
  • sending home a patient with sepsis
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How Boyes Turner help clients after sepsis negligence

Boyes Turner’s medical negligence team have helped secure compensation for many clients with severe, permanent disability, including multiple amputation, which was caused by delays in diagnosis and incorrect treatment of sepsis. We have also recovered compensation for bereaved dependent family members of those whose who have died as a result of sepsis negligence.

We have decades of experience in serious injury claims and understand the devastation that untreated life-threatening infectious conditions leave behind. When acting for clients with severe injury, we aim to secure liability admissions and judgments as quickly as possible. This approach means that we can obtain interim funding to get rehabilitation started, and independence and participation in work/family life restored.

Our clients’ high value compensation awards and settlements give them early access to rehabilitation, bespoke prostheses, specialist equipment, therapies, care and adaptations to housing. Compensation can also ease the financial hardship which follows the loss or reduction of the injured provider’s or the deceased’s loss of earnings.

Where the injured client is a child, Boyes Turner’s uniquely integrated, multi-disciplinary legal team can help them secure educational placements or support for children with special educational needs (SEN) arising from disabling injuries.

Our clinical negligence lawyers support the valuable work of leading sepsis charity, the UK Sepsis Trust. We are committed to helping raise awareness of the signs, symptoms and seriousness of sepsis and the dangers of delays in diagnosis and treatment of this devastating disease.

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Meet your team

Susan Brown


Richard Money-Kyrle


Julie Marsh

Senior associate - solicitor

Vanessa Wand

Senior associate - solicitor

Nicola Anderson

Associate - solicitor

Rachel Makore

Associate - solicitor

Alpa Rana

Associate - solicitor

Fran Rothwell

Associate solicitor

Sita Soni

Associate - solicitor

Tara Byrne


Ben Ireland


Audrey Elmore

Medical records coordinator

Nicky Melville

Professional support assistant

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