Compensation claims for Septicaemia misdiagnosis
Septicaemia is a very serious infection which if not diagnosed, or if misdiagnosed, can be potentially life threatening.
If you feel that you have suffered from medical negligence in relation to septicaemia or meningitis, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
- Information about septicaemia claims
- How much can I claim?
- What can I claim compensation for?
- Making a claim for compensation
Septicemia is a serious, life-threatening infection that gets worse very quickly. It can arise from infections throughout the body, including infections in the lungs, abdomen, and urinary tract. Septicaemia can also be a complication of other infections, such as infections of the bones, central nervous system (meningitis), heart or other tissues and occurs when the bacteria escape that part of the body and get into the bloodstream. The bacteria can also come from burns, infected wounds, boils and tooth abscesses.
Septicaemia can be treated effectively with antibiotics if diagnosed in time.
Medical negligence claims usually relate to misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of the symptoms, leading to the infection being more difficult to treat and the patient suffering unduly.
The symptoms of septicaemia can be any of the following:
- Spiking fever
- Violent shivering and vomiting
- Falling blood pressure
- Rapid heart rate
- Confusion or change in mental status
- Loss of consciousness
A number of factors will determine the value of your settlement:
- The type of injury and how severe the injury is
- Did you recover fully from the injury or do you have ongoing problems
- What are the long term effects on your health
- Did the injury cause you other losses such as loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earnings
- The loss of comfort/convenience/quality of life caused by your injury
- Medical care costs
- Costs involved in adapting your home to meet your new requirements as a result of your injury
- Other out of pocket expenses incurred whilst receiving medical treatment, such as travel expenses
A specialist medical negligence solicitor can assess your case and inform you about:
- How strong your case is
- The likelyhood of making a successful claim
- The amount of compensation you may receive if your claim is successful
- Pursue a claim on your behalf