Can I claim compensation for sepsis in Ireland
Medical Negligence

Can I claim compensation for sepsis in Ireland?

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Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that can occur when an infection spreads throughout the body, leading to multiple organ failure and even death. While sepsis can be caused by various factors, you may be entitled to claim compensation if your condition was caused or exacerbated due to medical negligence.

What is sepsis?

Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and potentially death. It is most commonly caused by bacterial infections, although viral or fungal infections can also trigger it. Sepsis can occur in anyone, but it is more likely to affect those with weakened immune systems, the elderly and those who have recently undergone surgery or have been hospitalised for an extended period.

You can learn more about sepsis at Sepsis.

Can I claim compensation if sepsis is linked to medical negligence in Ireland?

Yes, you can claim compensation for sepsis if it was caused or made worse due to medical negligence. Medical negligence can include delayed or incorrect diagnosis, failure to administer appropriate treatment promptly or errors during surgery that lead to infection.

How to start a sepsis negligence claim in Dublin or elsewhere in Ireland

To begin the claims process, you should find a solicitor with expertise in clinical negligence litigation. You should satisfy yourself that your chosen solicitor is experienced in this specialised area of law and that they have a success record with cases similar to yours. You can add an additional layer of due diligence by reading their online testimonials and case studies.

You should then arrange a consultation with your chosen solicitor who will advise you on your case. Whether the claim can proceed will depend on what is later revealed in your medical records.

If you would like to know more about the medical negligence claims process, read: The medical negligence claims process.

What could I be compensated for if my sepsis claim is successful?

  1. Severity of Condition: The more severe your condition, the higher the compensation you may receive.
  2. Loss of Earnings: If you’ve been unable to work due to your condition, this will be considered in your claim.
  3. Additional Costs: Any costs for ongoing care, treatment and lifestyle adjustments can also be claimed.

The sepsis claims process in Ireland

Our process is designed to remove the stress from your sepsis claim so that you can focus on recovering. Your solicitor will keep you updated throughout the duration of your case. Unfortunately, sepsis cases can be complex and many of them can take years to complete. That’s why the process can be very different on a case-to-case basis.

To learn more about the process, read: The medical negligence claims process.

Will I have to go to court for a sepsis claim?

The majority of medical negligence claims are settled during mediation and do not reach Court, this includes claims relating to sepsis. In Ireland, there is a low percentage chance that a sepsis case will go to Court. Should your case fall within the minority that do require a Court date, you can rest assured that our team is highly experienced and will be prepared to the highest level.

How long do I have to make a sepsis claim in Dublin and across Ireland?

You have a two-year window from the date of the medical negligence to begin legal proceedings. However, there are certain circumstances that may alter the start date. Unfortunately, some people are not aware that there are time restrictions for filing a sepsis claim, and as a result, some cases may become ineligible for compensation.

It is important to seek advice at your earliest opportunity.

You can learn more about limitation periods by reading: How long do I have to make a medical negligence claim?

Speak with an expert in sepsis claims

It is essential to consult a medical negligence solicitor to assess your case and guide you through the legal process.

Sepsis is a severe medical condition that can have devastating effects on your life. If you or a loved one have suffered from sepsis due to medical negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

Visit Medical Negligence Claims to learn more or Contact Us for a no-obligation exploratory chat with a solicitor who dedicates themselves to securing justice for those injured through clinical negligence.

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