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11 September 2020 | Comment | Article by Lynda Reynolds

World Sepsis Day: The importance of raising awareness


World Sepsis Day is a Global Sepsis Alliance initiative that started in 2012 and occurs every year on 13 September with events held all over the world to raise awareness about sepsis.

At Hugh James, many of us have personal experience of sepsis, either having friends or family who have suffered or being personally affected. Over the past 2 years, we have been working closely with the charity UK Sepsis Trust. We’ve been supporting their campaigns, fundraising and providing legal advice to those living with the aftermath of sepsis – including those struggling to get on with their lives and return to normality after sepsis and those who have very tragically been bereaved.

Every 3 seconds, someone in the world dies of sepsis. Yet, for many patients, with early diagnosis it is easily treatable.

It’s important to know how to spot the symptoms. This infographic provides a useful summary.

There is no one sign, and symptoms present differently between adults and children. For a more detailed list of symptoms, please visit the UK Sepsis Trust website which has some useful advice.

World Sepsis Day Infographic | These symptoms might indicate sepsis: Slurred speech or confusion; Extreme shivering or muscle pain/fever; Passing no urine all day; Severe breathlessness; It feels like you're going to die; Skin mottled or discoloured

Hugh James specialist sepsis solicitors

If you suspect you, or a family member, has suffered a missed or delayed diagnosis of sepsis, our solicitors can advise if you could be eligible to make a compensation claim. Contact our team of specialist sepsis claims solicitors and we will provide you with a free initial assessment of your claim. Contact us on 033 3016 2222 or email [email protected].

Author bio

Lynda is a Partner and Head of the Inquest Team that forms part of the Clinical Negligence Department in the London office. She has considerable experience in assisting families with inquests that relate to deaths in hospital or care homes, where medical negligence is suspected.

She has been instructed on Article 2 inquests, inquests with juries and complicated medical inquests where numerous experts have been instructed. Where necessary she will make submissions on the Coroner’s power to issue Prevention of Future Deaths reports. Her inquest role combined with subsequent civil claims ensures that she is a specialist on Fatal Accident Act Claims. She is recognised in both UK Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

In addition to her role in the Inquest team Lynda has a caseload of complex clinical negligence matters which include cerebral palsy, brain injuries, spinal injuries and cauda equina claims.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.

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