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    An injury caused by sepsis could be temporary or life changing – either way, if the condition was missed due to negligence, you may have a claim for compensation.

    In order to make a legal claim against a hospital or your GP for failure to recognise and treat sepsis, you should speak with a specialist lawyer who will be able to advise you of whether you have reasonable grounds to pursue a claim for negligence. You will probably have reasonable grounds if you or your loved one were aware that you didn’t receive the right treatment in time, or at all.

    Our team sees any potential claim both as an opportunity to secure your and your family’s future, and to throw a spotlight on vital patient safety lessons for medical institutions, avoiding further instances of substandard care.

    Please see our guide to the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis for further information.
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    What is the process when making a claim?

    The process of making a claim for sepsis negligence starts by obtaining all of the relevant medical records to discover exactly what happened and the advice and treatment that was given. We take it from there.

    It is very rare to go to trial and most cases settle before any trial takes place.

    Find out more about making a medical negligence claim in our guide here.

    How much compensation might you receive?

    The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on the nature of your injuries. If the sepsis has left you with a permanent and severe injury, the level of compensation is often very high, as it will need to provide for all of your additional needs for the rest of your life. These can include costs relating to:

    • your ongoing care;
    • changes required to accommodation;
    • therapies and equipment you need;
    • any loss of earnings you have suffered.

    Find out more about how compensation is calculated in our guide here.

    How long will a claim for sepsis negligence take?

    Bringing a claim for negligent treatment of sepsis can take a number of years and the time it takes will depend upon the nature of the injury and whether the defendant contests the claim or not.

    Sometimes it is possible to obtain an interim payment from the defendant to pay for initial therapies and rehabilitation before the claim is settled and we will always explore this option if available.

    Find out more about timescales in our guide here.

    Will there be anything to pay for a claim?

    When the claim is being made on behalf of a newborn baby then it may be possible to secure public funding for the claim from the Legal Aid Agency, in which case there will be nothing for you to pay. Otherwise, all other cases are funded by way of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which is often referred to as a ‘no win no fee agreement’.

    When a CFA is in place, you will pay nothing if you lose your case. If you win your case, the defendant will pay for the majority of our costs with a small proportion deducted from your compensation for our fees.

    Find out more about funding a claim here.

    Why Royds Withy King?

    When you bring a claim with us, you can expect more than just legal support.
    Our specialist solicitors aim to build a team around you and those close to you, using a network of medical experts to get you the right care and support you need to move forward with your life.

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