Generally, you have three years in which to file a claim, from the date of a diagnosis of Sepsis or from when you realise the illness or medical problems you are suffering from were caused by Sepsis.

Exceptions include:

When claiming on behalf of a child, you (as their ‘litigation friend’) have until their 18th birthday to start a claim on their behalf.

If no claim has previously been brought on the child’s behalf, then between their 18th and 21st birthday, the child may start their own claim.

For persons with a disability, i.e., individuals lacking mental capacity, the three-year period for starting a claim does not start to run unless or until they regain mental capacity.

In a fatal claim the 3 years will generally run from the date of death, provided that death was within 3 years of the initial negligence or date of knowledge.

It is always advisable to start your sepsis claim as soon as possible not only to avoid the dangers associated with missing time limits but because your claim has a better chance of success when everything you have gone through is still fresh in your mind and you can give your solicitor and the medical professionals who will assist you with your claim, the fullest and best evidence to support your case.