The UK Sepsis Trust is here to support you – we have in collaboration with carefully chosen companies compiled a list that we feel may help you decide on specific support or advice you may need at this difficult time.
In some cases, you might consider taking legal action against the NHS or a member of staff, and claiming compensation. Taking legal action against an NHS body or any local authority can be long, costly and complex and a traumatic experience. It’s therefore best to have a solicitor.
If you’ve been harmed as a result of negligence by an NHS organisation or healthcare professional, you may be able to claim compensation. If you decide to pursue a claim, seek legal advice.
The charity Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) provides free specialist advice on legal action, inquests and other procedures when harm may have been caused. Specially trained advisers will help you consider the options available to you after suffering a medical accident. If you wish, they can put you in contact with an accredited specialist solicitor.
AvMA http://www.avma.org.uk/ also offers support to help patients come to terms with the effects of a medical accident, whether or not clinical negligence is involved.
The Citizens Advice Bureau offers comprehensive guidance on taking legal action, how to find a solicitor, and the costs involved.
The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) acts on behalf of NHS organisations when negligence claims are made against them. It can’t offer advice to individual patients, but the NHSLA website guides you through the practicalities of negligence claims.
The NHSLA participates in mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
Apply for a judicial review
A judicial review is a procedure that enables you to challenge a decision of an NHS body or the secretary of state for health on the basis that it’s unlawful.
A decision might be unlawful if:
- the decision-maker does not have power to make the decision, or is using their power improperly
- the decision is irrational
- the procedure followed by the decision-maker was unfair or biased the decision was in breach of the Human Rights Act
- the decision breaches European Community (EC) law
- More information is available from the Public Law Project.
- Judicial review is not a form of appeal. The judge will look at how decisions are made, rather than judging the decision itself.
- To be entitled to make a claim for judicial review, you must have a direct, personal interest in the action or decision being challenged. Further guidance on applying for judicial review can be found on the Justice website.
Please contact the UK Sepsis Trust if you require further information:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 389 6255
We have a list of dedicated specialist who can advise you according to your particular needs.
Harrison Clark Rickerbys Ltd
Phone: +44(0)1905 744 823
Phone: +44(0) 117 915 4952
Contact: Andrew Hannam - email@example.com, +44(0) 117 915 4952
Foot Anstey is a premier law firm, based in the South West and London. Our leading specialist healthcare team has a wealth of experience and expertise. Through our links with charities and organisations such as the UK SEPSIS Trust, Meningitis Now, Contact A Family, the Brain Injury Group, Headway and Action CP we have a unique understanding of the many challenges that face individuals who have suffered as a result of Sepsis, and their families. Our team can help to deal with the hidden complexities in these cases, providing assistance and advice to individuals, families, carers and advisers with legal queries, as well as representation at inquest and court of protection cases.
When you instruct us to act for you or a loved one you can be sure that we will provide a friendly and supportive service at every stage of the case. We will explain every step of the process to you in clear English, and answer any questions that you may have.
Our expertise is recognised through our various memberships and accreditations including the Law Society's Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Accreditation Schemes, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and AvMA specialist clinical negligence panel. As well as extensive legal expertise, team members also have first-hand experience from previous work backgrounds including medical. Top legal guides have rated the team highly over many years and recognise that a number of our experienced lawyers are leaders in the field of healthcare law.
Phone: 03700 86 86 86
Kashmir Uppal – firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria Blankstone – email@example.com
Sarah Corser – firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Rusbridge – email@example.com
Denise Stephens – firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Williamson (Edinburgh) - email@example.com
Access Legal is part of national law firm Shoosmiths LLP which has offices throughout England, Wales and Scotland from Southampton to Edinburgh.
Access Legal’s expert medical negligence lawyers take pride in delivering excellent client service and are passionate about helping those affected by clinical negligence. Our specialist team of 58 legal advisers are also proud to support the work of Sepsis Trust UK, raising awareness and helping families who have been affected by sepsis.
We can advise in respect of concerns relating to medical care which may have led to injury or the death of a loved one. We offer legal advice on a range of related services including Court of Protection applications, deputyships, special educational needs and representing families at inquests.
The team’s specialist expertise has resulted in very significant awards for catastrophic injuries including the highest award for a brain injury case arising from clinical negligence in England and Wales to date.
Members of the team are accredited by the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel and the AvMA Clinical Negligence Panel. The team has been ranked in the top tiers of the Legal 500 and Chambers where they are described as “a strong determined team of hardworking lawyers who all have an intimate knowledge of medical matters and sound technical and tactical judgement” (Chambers & Partners 2015).
Phone: 08000 23 22 33
Contact: Sarah Coles, Partner - firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Sarah Sharples, Associate - email@example.com
Irwin Mitchell is one of the largest UK law firms and offers a broad range of legal services for you and your family. We have one of the largest teams of medical negligence lawyers in the country and have helped thousands of people get the compensation and answers they deserve. We have specialist lawyers based in our offices across the country and will always visit our clients at a location convenient for them. Irwin Mitchell is proud to work closely with the UK Sepsis Trust and to support their valuable work.
Nestor (Independent Financial Advisers)
Contact: Ryan Lewis - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cowan Architects Ltd
Phone: +44(0)1342 410242
Contact: Marisa Shek, Associate Director - email@example.com, +44(0)1342 410242
Large enough to deliver small enough to care.
Our specialist architects have a depth of experience in helping design accessible environments for a range of disabilities. We are happy to discuss your problems and help you find the solutions that will make your life, and that of your family easier.
Most homes can be adapted to a greater or lesser extent to provide an informal environment. That enables a sufferer to get around more easily, to look after personal care needs and to be able to cook for themselves in order to maintain a much greater independence.
We are based in East Grinstead in West Sussex with a regional office in Uxbridge but we handle work all over the UK.
Anthony Collins Solicitors
Phone: 0800 307 7620
Contact: Sita Soni, Associate - firstname.lastname@example.org
Boyes Turner is a national law firm committed to supporting individuals and families who have been affected by sepsis and determined to seek answers to concerns about sepsis medical care.
The physical, emotional and financial distress which sepsis causes can often be devastating for you and your family. Our medical negligence team provides the very best in terms of support and advice at this difficult time especially where there is a bereavement.
As sepsis claims specialists, we obtain maximum compensation and facilitate the means for you to recover, rehabilitate and rebuild your life, including wherever possible early financial assistance. We have an established network of experts and support organisations which are able to help with pain management, rehabilitation, special needs and the psychological impact to help you get your life back on track. Our other specialist teams can help with education issues, dealing with the Court of Protection as well as the management of compensation awards.
Boyes Turner is extremely proud to support the UK Sepsis Trust and its invaluable work. We work closely with the charity to raise awareness and support the thousands of people affected by sepsis every year in the UK.
If you are concerned about the medical care you or a family member received in relation to sepsis and would like medical negligence advice please contact our specialist sepsis team on 0800 307 7620 or email email@example.com.