An inquest last week concluded that baby Libby had died of natural causes after falling ill with deadly Meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia. Following the inquest, South Western Ambulance Service Trust acknowledged that it had learnt lessons from Libby’s death on the importance of spotting the signs of and treating sepsis.
Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life threatening response to infection and can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. Sepsis is often very difficult to detect, particularly in children and babies, as the early symptoms are easily confused with other, less serious conditions. It is essential that sepsis is diagnosed and treated early to ensure a good recovery but sadly it is not always detected by healthcare professionals, as was the case with baby Libby.
If you have concerns regarding a delayed diagnosis of sepsis, one of our specialist clinical negligence solicitors would be happy to speak with you and advise you on your options, including a formal complaint and a legal claim. There is no initial charge for discussing this with us and we will talk you through your options, including how to fund a case and the possibility of a no win no fee arrangement (conditional fee agreement or CFA).