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Posted on 1st June 2017

Failure To Diagnose Sepsis Caused Death of Southend Man

A sepsis awareness campaign is being backed by the fiancée of a man who died from the deadly disease after an out-of-hours Doctor and Paramedics failed to correctly diagnose his illness.

In 2014, the 37 year old from Southend had been complaining of a sore throat for a few days. When he didn’t get better, his fiancée took him to A&E at Southend Hospital.

An out-of-hours Doctor at the hospital advised the man to take over the counter medication then discharged him. Later that day an ambulance was called because his condition had worsened. His fiancée described him as having purple lips and looking pale.

When Paramedics arrived, they diagnosed a virus and advised he didn’t need to go to hospital, the diagnosis took around an hour.

Later that day, around 1pm, another ambulance was called but the man suffered a heart attack and passed away. It was later confirmed that the man was suffering from epiglottitis, a condition that causes swelling of the epiglottis, restricts oxygen to the lungs and causes sepsis.

The solicitors representing the man in his compensation claim were able to get an admission of liability from the Trust. The case continues.

Negligence Claimline Says:

Sepsis is a condition which is easily treat as long as it is diagnosed correctly and early enough. Find our research results here

It kills 8 million people world-wide and in the UK an estimated 37,000 people die from it making it a bigger killer than lung cancer and breast cancer.

Misdiagnosis claims account for a high percentage of the cases we handle every month and whilst some cases are not classed as negligent, some also are.

For example, if cancer is misdiagnosed but within a few weeks a correct diagnosis is made but the cancer is found to be terminal, the chances of a compensation claim succeeding is small. However if a cancer is misdiagnosed and the delay in making a correct diagnosis is over 6 months, the chances of bringing a successful claim for compensation is higher.

If you think you have had a condition that was misdiagnosed and it went on to cause you further injury or complications, contact us on 0330 355 9210 or for a free claim assessment.