Our client was taken to the hospital by ambulance with abdominal pain and vomiting. The paramedics suspected appendicitis, but the patient was assessed as low risk for sepsis in the emergency department. Over the next few hours, the patient’s condition deteriorated, but hospital staff failed to recognize and act on the signs of sepsis. As a result, the patient suffered multiple organ failure and required amputations to both legs and hands.
Allegations of Negligence
We helped our client make a medical negligence compensation claim based on the following allegations:
- Delayed referral to an appropriately senior doctor or critical care specialist
- More than 3 hours delay in giving IV antibiotics
- Failing to monitor properly, administer oxygen, or control the source of infection
- Delays in transfer from the ward to ITU for critical care
Our experts believed that with correct care, our client’s infection and sepsis would not have progressed and any injury from peripheral ischemia would have been less severe.
The defendant hospital trust admitted negligent delays in the diagnosis of sepsis and prescription of antibiotics, but denied that our client’s injuries would have been avoided with correct care, or that their mistakes were the cause of the amputations.
We pushed the case towards trial and the defendant trust eventually accepted an out-of-court settlement which will provide lifelong care, prosthetics, adapted accommodation, and therapeutic support for our client.
This case highlights the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of sepsis. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that can lead to multiple organ failure and even death. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of sepsis, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
We are pleased that our client was able to secure a successful outcome in this case. The settlement will provide them with the financial resources they need to rebuild their life and receive the ongoing care and support they require.
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