Make a sepsis negligence compensation claim

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the body's response to an infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs. It can lead to septic shock, multiple organ failure, amputations and death especially when it is not recognised early and treated promptly. Delays in treating sepsis are inexcusable and cost lives. We’re here to help.

Delay in diagnosis or treatment of sepsis

All medical professionals should be aware of the signs and symptoms of sepsis which include slurred speech or confusion, extreme shivering or muscle pain, difficulty passing urine, severe breathlessness and mottled or discoloured skin.

Sepsis is treatable if it is identified and treated quickly and, in most cases, leads to a full recovery with no lasting problems. There is research to show that simple steps - such as giving intravenous antibiotics and fluids in the first hour - can reduce the risk of death by sepsis by over one-third. However frequently these interventions aren’t delivered to patients with suspected sepsis in the NHS.

Types of sepsis negligence claim

From our experience, the common failures in care include:

  • Inadequate and timely history and examination on initial assessment.
  • Inadequate and timely investigations.
  • Failure to recognise the severity of the illness.
  • Inadequate first-line treatment with intravenous fluids and antibiotics.
  • Delays in administering first-line treatment.
  • Inadequate physiological monitoring of vital signs.
  • Delay in source control of infection.
  • Delay in senior medical input, and the lack of timely referral to critical care.

Delays in diagnosis and treatment of sepsis should not happen, but unfortunately do.  If you or someone you love has suffered delays in treatment, then we know that the consequences can be life changing. You may have had to undergo amputations as a result of the blood clots or you might be enquiring on behalf of a family member or friend who has lost their life because they didn’t receive treatment in time. It is important to us that these failures stop happening and we will work tirelessly to support you throughout the investigations.

Why choose Boyes Turner?

Our medical negligence claims team have vast experience in sepsis negligence cases and delays in care. We can work with you and your family to recover compensation which can provide you with the financial reassurance that you need. This can help to pay for your private medical treatment, care, loss of earnings and any other financial consequences of your injury.


The biggest relief is that it’s finished. There is no more fighting for anything. They still haven’t said, ‘Sorry, we made a mistake,’ but I suppose they don’t just write out a cheque without some acceptance that they were to blame.

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