January 21, 2020

Can I Sue for Sepsis in Kentucky?

When the human body is battling an infection, it releases certain chemicals into the bloodstream to fight off the infection. But, when the body reacts abnormally to these chemicals, the results can be deadly. Organs begin to shut down when the blood becomes septic. In some cases, sepsis is preventable. 

When this happens, you may be able to sue the medical professional charged with your care. Below, we describe in greater detail how sepsis can occur due to medical negligence and the various losses you may be able to recover if your medical malpractice lawsuit is a success.

When Can Sepsis Occur Due to Medical Negligence?

The key to filing a medical malpractice lawsuit for sepsis is a failure on the part of those providing your medical care to prevent, treat, or diagnose you with the condition. Sepsis manifests in a number of ways but if your caregivers failed to take notice of any of the following symptoms and treat them appropriately, they can be held accountable for the impact that sepsis has had on your life:

  • Low platelet count
  • Low blood pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Organ dysfunction
  • Decreased urine output
  • Skin discoloration

Damages You Could Recover if You Pursue Civil Action

Sepsis can become fatal if not caught in time and treated accordingly. Those who suffer from sepsis are often at an increased risk of having recurring infections that can also be deadly in the future. If you are considering a medical malpractice lawsuit for sepsis, the following damages can be sought after in your claim:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Damage to your earning capacity
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical equipment costs
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of household services

Reach Out to a Kentucky Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Have you recently been diagnosed with sepsis? Are you interested in learning more about whether you have the opportunity to pursue maximum compensation for a medical error made in your case? 

If so, a qualified Kentucky medical malpractice lawyer at Wilt and Thompson, PLLC, may be able to assist you with your claim. To further discuss your case during a free consultation, simply give our office a call at 502-253-9110 or complete the quick contact form below to schedule yours.