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September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Sepsis is a condition that can have devastating consequences if not diagnosed and treated promptly, even when it occurs in adults or children who are usually well. It is important, therefore, to raise awareness regarding sepsis with the general public and, crucially, within the medical profession.
The UK Sepsis Trust states: ‘Sepsis (also known as blood poisoning) is the immune system’s overreaction to an infection or injury. Normally our immune system fights infection – but sometimes, for reasons we don’t yet understand, it attacks our body’s own organs and tissue. If not treated immediately, sepsis can result in organ failure and death. Yet with early diagnosis, it can be treated with antibiotics.”
The UK Sepsis Trust estimates that sepsis kills 52,000 people per year in the UK. Their website provides information about the symptoms of sepsis in adults and children.
As solicitors specialising in medical negligence, Kingsley Napley acts for patients and their families in cases related to the treatment of infections and sepsis. The effects of a delay in diagnosis or incorrect medical treatment for sepsis may lead to permanent disabilities (such as limb amputation or brain injury) or, in some tragic cases, the death of a patient.
Examples of situations in which a clinical negligence claim relating to sepsis might be considered include:
If you would like to discuss a possible clinical negligence claim related to infection or sepsis please contact one of our Medical Negligence & Personal Injury lawyers on 020 7814 1200, or email us at email@example.com.
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