Sepsis occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts to an infection and then starts to damage the body’s internal organs and tissues. It can cause the immune system goes into overdrive setting off a series of reactions. Symptoms of sepsis can often mimic those of a simple infection, like flu or a chest infection. Anyone who has an infection can contract sepsis. If not caught early, Sepsis can lead to septic shock.
Warning signs of Sepsis include: a very high or low temperature, vomiting [or the inability to keep food down], swelling or redness around a wound. Sepsis needs hospital treatment straight away, it can get worse and it can get worse quickly; antibiotics are key in fighting the deadly disease. Time is very much of the essence; if prompt treatment is not received organ failure could be the result.
The Lancashire Telegraph last week reported that the deaths from Sepsis in the Lancashire area are 24% higher than in previous years. 291 sepsis deaths between April 2013 and March 2019 were recorded: 69 more deaths than what is expected, according to statistics. On a national level, the Royal College of London has published its statistics which tell us that 37,000 deaths each year in the UK are associated with Sepsis.
Unfortunately, not all cases of sepsis are diagnosed correctly, putting patients at great risk. If your sepsis was misdiagnosed or wasn’t picked up at the earliest possible opportunity, this may give rise to a claim for compensation. Here at Farleys, we have an experienced team who deal with these matters and who will be happy to provide you with a free claim evaluation. Call the team on 0845 287 0939 or submit your enquiry online.