Sepsis Negligence

Trusted Solicitors for Sepsis Negligence

Sepsis negligence can have devastating consequences for patients and their families. At Gibson & Associates LLP, we understand how sepsis can affect your health and emotional well-being. If you or someone you love has suffered sepsis as a result of a mistake made by a medical professional or their failure to provide the care you need, our experienced team of medical negligence solicitors can provide you with expert legal guidance about your options.

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis, also known as “blood poisoning,” is a serious medical condition triggered by the body’s overwhelming response to an infection. It can have severe consequences for patients, potentially leading to organ failure and in the most severe cases, death.

Sepsis is typically caused by bacterial infections but can also be caused by viral or fungal infections. It can affect people of any age or health status, but it tends to affect older people and those with weak immune systems, such as people undergoing cancer treatment or who have received an organ transplant.

Despite advances in medical knowledge and treatment options, sepsis remains a significant global health concern. Early recognition of the signs and symptoms of sepsis can reduce its potentially devastating effects and improve patient outcomes.

What are examples of sepsis symptoms?

Recognising the symptoms of sepsis quickly is crucial to getting the right treatment. Sepsis can develop differently in everyone, but common sepsis symptoms include:

  • High fever or abnormally low body temperature
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Altered mental state (e.g., confusion or disorientation)
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Reduced urine output
  • Mottled or discoloured skin
  • Drop in blood pressure (this can be a sign of septic shock)
  • Organ failure

What is sepsis medical negligence?

Sepsis medical negligence can happen when your doctor or healthcare providers fail to provide you with the standard of care expected when diagnosing, treating, or managing sepsis.

This could be the result of delays in diagnosis, or an incorrect diagnosis, alongside administering the wrong treatment, failing to monitor the patient properly, and overlooking the tell-tale signs of sepsis.

There are many examples of patients in Ireland who have suffered serious health consequences as a result of their medical practitioner or healthcare professional failing to diagnose and treat sepsis.

Some patients have developed sepsis after being admitted to hospital for a different condition or to have surgery, only to contract sepsis as a result of healthcare providers or the facility’s failure to identify their worsening symptoms, or as a result of a lack of hygiene, or being exposed to other patients with infections.

If it can be proven that sepsis was caused as a result of substandard care, a claim for financial compensation for sepsis medical negligence could be made.

About Gibson & Associates LLP

Trusted Medical Negligence Solicitors

At Gibson & Associates LLP, we are dedicated to ensuring our clients receive the legal support they need to achieve the best possible outcome. As a nationwide firm, we provide support to people who have suffered medical negligence right throughout Ireland.

Our approach blends the expertise and resources of a large firm with the understanding and personalised attention of a smaller one. We understand the challenges and stress that come with navigating sepsis negligence claims. That’s why our team of compassionate medical negligence solicitors is here to simplify the process and guide you every step of the way.

No matter where you are in Ireland, Gibson & Associates LLP is here to support you. Call our medical negligence team today for a confidential discussion about your situation on 01 264 5555.

Making a claim for sepsis medical negligence

To make a claim for sepsis medical negligence, you will need to show the actions of your healthcare provider contributed to your sepsis diagnosis.

Negligence in sepsis cases often occurs when there’s a breach of duty of care, meaning the healthcare provider didn’t uphold the standards required to safeguard the health and well-being of their patient.

If it can be shown that this breach led to harm or injury, such as delayed diagnosis or improper treatment of sepsis, then there may be grounds for seeking financial compensation through a legal claim.

How we support your claim for Sepsis Medical Negligence

How do I make a claim?

Once your solicitor has gathered the information they need about your situation, you can then submit your claim. It is very important a solicitor that specialises in medical negligence files your claim.

Discuss your case with our Medical Negligence Solicitors

If you feel you didn’t receive the right treatment from a medical professional and it resulted in an injury or worsening of an illness, you need to consult a medical negligence solicitor immediately following the incident.

Under Irish law, filing a medical negligence claim can be complex.

Obtaining all relevant medical records before filing for a claim

A medical negligence claim must prove that sepsis was caused by the physician or facility providing your care. To help build your case, your solicitor will request access to your medical records and obtain any other relevant documents needed.

It is important to discuss your claim with a specialist medical negligence solicitor before filing to ensure every detail of your case is thoroughly scrutinised.

Your claim could be delayed if you file it without consulting a solicitor first. You can find out about the time limit associated with your medical negligence claim with help from a solicitor.

Obtaining Expert Report

Once your solicitor has compiled your medical reports, they will enlist a third-party medical expert to assess them. This assessment will determine whether you received substandard medical care and if negligence applies.

The assessment of your medical records needs to prove that if you had received the right medical care, the outcome of the error or mistake might have been avoided.

Letter of Claim

If the third-party medical expert determines that medical malpractice has occurred, your medical negligence solicitor will draft a Letter of Claim. The purpose of a Letter of Claim is to outline the nature of your case and to invite the medical practitioner to settle it and agree to financial compensation.

The response to your Letter of Claim will determine whether your case will be brought to court or settled out of court. While this may sound daunting, your solicitor at Gibson & Associates LLP will be by your side to guide you through each step of the legal process.

At Gibson and Associates LLP, our dedicated medical negligence solicitors have years of experience handling sepsis negligence cases. We understand that dealing with sepsis can have a profound effect on your health and well-being and future outlook.

Should you wish to make a claim for financial compensation, we are committed to making the process as easy as possible for you.

Our team of medical negligence solicitors will work closely with you to achieve the best possible outcome for your sepsis negligence claim.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a time limit on making a claim?

In medical negligence cases, legal action must typically start within two years from when the patient became aware of their mistake or error. This is known as the ‘date of knowledge’, when the patient knew or should have known about the medical negligence.

If you have a child under 18 who has suffered from sepsis as a result of medical negligence, you can make a claim for financial compensation on their behalf. Alternatively, they can make their own claim when they turn 18. Find out more about Child Injury Claims here.

What will compensation cover?

Compensation for sepsis as a result of medical negligence can cover the pain and suffering experienced, as well as costs that were incurred, such as medical treatment, future medical expenses related to recovery, as well as lost wages and any future lost earnings if sepsis has impacted the patient’s ability to earn an income in the future.

Our medical negligence solicitors will thoroughly assess every aspect of your case and develop a tailored approach that achieves the best outcome possible.

How do I access my medical records?

A copy of your medical records can be requested from the hospital, clinic, or medical professional that treated you under the Freedom of Information Act.

Alternatively, we can arrange to obtain a copy of your records on your behalf; to do so, you will need to sign an authority form that gives us permission to obtain your records.

What does 'No Win, No Fee' mean?

The concept of “no win, no fee” (also known as “no foal, no fee”) is common practice among solicitors in Ireland. Under this type of agreement, the solicitor will take on your personal injury or any other type of case, and if the case isn’t won, the solicitor won’t charge you a fee.

The sole purpose of “no win, no fee” is to give you the legal power to pursue a claim regardless of your financial state or legal experience.