Claiming septicaemia compensation when a hospital is at fault
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Septicaemia is a medical term used to describe blood poisoning. It is caused by an infection which leads to bacteria entering the bloodstream and spreading throughout the body. It is more likely to affect people with a weak immune system, so older people and children are particularly at risk.
Septicaemia affects thousands of patients every year and is one of the most common causes of death in the UK. While most cases of septicaemia are unavoidable, some patients develop septicaemia due to a basic mistake in their medical care. Others suffer because septicaemia goes undetected making the condition more difficult to treat. Time is critical in the development and treatment of septicaemia and it is important that urgent medical action is taken to prevent an infection from worsening. The consequences of septicaemia can be catastrophic. Those who survive can be left with life changing injuries, including brain damage and amputations.
When medical errors occur the financial impact on victims and their families is far reaching and consideration then needs to be given to claiming septicaemia compensation.
Sophie Townsend, who specialises in clinical negligence law, has recently recovered compensation from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust following the death of her client’s husband. He died due to an infection caused by a cannula being left in his arm after being discharged from hospital. Retention of objects in a patient’s body can result in the development of septicaemia.