There has been a lot of information in the media recently raising awareness of the symptoms and dangers of sepsis. Sepsis is a serious response to a bacterial or viral infection and the signs and symptoms can go undiagnosed and, in severe cases, can lead to profound disabilities or death. We understand the complexities involved in sepsis cases and have experience in acting on behalf of children and adults.
It is not enough for there to have been simple error or mistake. We must prove that there have been failures in your care which no ordinarily competent doctor or nurse would have made if acting with ordinary skill and care. We must then prove that these failures caused the injuries you suffered.
We will take full details of what happened, where it took place, and when. We will then obtain your medical records and instruct an appropriately qualified expert. This expert will then review your medical records and prepare a report addressing the treatment received in line with the test for medical negligence. We have an excellent working relationship with medical professionals in a wide variety of disciplines to assist us.
There are legal rules about the timescale for making a legal claim. In terms of Scots law, the clock starts running from the date of the negligence taking place. If you are aged over 16 at the time of negligence, you have three years to raise a claim in court. The position involving injury to a child is different. A child generally has three years from their sixteenth birthday to commence a claim. The courts apply these time limits strictly but will make exceptions in some cases.
We offer a range of funding options, including Legal Aid in certain circumstances, which we can discuss with you.
We were instructed by the family of a deceased person who was admitted to hospital reporting a number of symptoms, all of which were red flags for sepsis. He was later found to be suffering from sepsis but the hospital failed to respond to his worsening condition in time. Tests were carried out and observations noted but the results were not properly acted upon. Antibiotics were finally commenced but far too late. We used our experience and knowledge to instruct numerous experts and to identify multiple failings across numerous disciplines at the Health Board. We secured financial compensation from the Health Board for each family member in recognition of the bereavement they suffered. This case was funded by Legal Aid.