World Sepsis Day

11th September 2019

World Sepsis Day

The focus of this year’s World Sepsis Day is a unified campaign to cut the number of deaths from sepsis by 20 per cent by the year 2025.

The Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are urging all health systems, policymakers, healthcare workers, and civilians to develop a concerted effort on sepsis prevention, diagnosis, and management to save lives.

Sepsis is a global health crisis affecting up to 30 million people every year. Mortality rates vary enormously across the world, but surviving patients suffer the consequences from the disease for the rest of their lives.

But what is Sepsis, and if you or your family is affected by it, might you have a claim for compensation?

What is Sepsis?                    

Sepsis, or septicaemia, is blood poisoning and is life threatening. It occurs when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. It may lead to shock, multi-organ failure, and death - especially if not recognised early and treated promptly.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever or vomiting
  • A rash which does not fade with pressure
  • Limb, joint or muscle pain
  • Rapid breathing or breathlessness
  • Cold hands and feet or shivering
  • Being very sleepy, vacant, difficult to wake, confused or delirious
  • Pale or mottled skin

 Sepsis requires immediate hospital attention and urgent treatment with antibiotics and steroids treatment.  You might also be given a lumbar puncture to check for the presence of bacteria or virus, as well as blood tests.

Have I got a Sepsis claim?

If you or a family member suffered any of the following, then you may have a claim: 

  • Administration of a contaminated intravenous line (IV) which caused septicaemia
  • Delayed diagnosis of meningitis and / or septicaemia
  • Delay in providing treatment once meningitis and / or septicaemia has been diagnosed
  • Inappropriate treatment for meningitis and / or septicaemia

At Higgs & Sons we may be able to secure legal aid if you wish to bring a claim for a child for meningitis or sepsis if the claim qualifies.  Alternatively, if legal aid is not granted, we can offer a No Win, No Fee agreement to fund the case. Please contact Kate Campbell-Gunn or call us free on 0800 073 8080 to see how we can help you.


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