The dangers of Sepsis

SepsisThere has been quite a lot of media coverage of people being affected by Sepsis since the tragic death of three year old Sam Morrish in 2010 and one year old William Mead in 2014.

Sepsis can happen to anyone, at any age, from any background. The NHS estimated that in 2014 123,000 in the UK suffered from Sepsis and approximately 60,000 people died as a result of sepsis. It is estimated that sepsis kills more people than bowel cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer combined!

Sepsis happens when the body’s immune system – the way the body responds to bugs and germs – goes into overdrive. The initial problem can be quite mild and start anywhere – from a cut on the finger to a chest or urine infection, for example. But when the immune system overreacts this can lead to an unintended but catastrophic attack on the body. If left untreated this sets off a cascade of reactions – from shock to organ failure and even death.

Alisha Butler-Ward of Burd Ward Solicitors is currently dealing with 5 cases of sepsis whereby the failure to diagnose and/or treat the condition in time has resulted in some catastrophic injuries such as a 3yr old boy who had to undergo a double amputation of his legs up to his buttocks, and a father of two who was not treated in time which resulted in the amputation of his arm and total blindness.

When dealing with any possible medical negligence claim, experience is key. Picking up on missed opportunities to spot something like sepsis and/or the failure to provide the right treatment is vital to the case and can only be done by experienced Solicitors and medical professionals. Once this is done getting the right medical professionals involved is the next step and experienced Solicitors will already have relationships with medical professionals in the areas they specialise in. This relationship can make or break a case, so getting the right team behind you in a claim is a must.

What to look out for

So how do you spot signs of Sepsis, the UK Sepsis Trust has compiled a list of the six most common signs include:

  • Slurred speech or confusion
  • Extreme shivering or muscle pain
  • Passing no urine (in a day)
  • Severe breathlessness
  • “I feel like I might die”
  • Skin mottled or discoloured

Get in touch

Alisha Butler-Ward, Medical Negligence SolicitorIf you or someone you know has suffered from sepsis and think that your GP or Hospital may have failed to recognise the signs and/or failed to treat sepsis in time then please do not hesitate to contact Alisha Butler-Ward for a free no obligation discussion about your options.

You can contact Alisha Butler-Ward on our special Freephone number 0800 0190 324 or by email on

Why you need a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and a Will

The beginning of a New Year is the best time to de-stress, de-clutter and get your personal affairs in order for the year ahead.

Why make a Will?

Making a Will is one of those things that everyone knows they need to do but often it’s put off to ‘another day’. Having a valid Will means that your affairs are safely organised and your loved ones are protected, keeping you in control and making sure that your assets go where you want them to.

It doesn’t take long for us to make your Will and we charge a fixed fee of £80+vat for a single Will and £150+vat for a joint Will. You will be talked through the process by a Solicitor and only needs you to have an initial talk with us and we do the rest, preparing your Will quickly and letting you know when it is ready to be signed. We can see you after hours to suit you and often the appointment doesn’t take up much of your time. Most clients wonder why they have been putting it off so long.

As well as your Will might be to think about what you would do if you weren’t able to manage your own affairs. More often than not there comes a time when most people are either physically unable to get out and about to look after their finances, or become mentally incapable of doing so. This leaves a legal headache for your loved ones as they try to sort out your affairs for you, but face difficulties if they don’t have a Power of Attorney to let them officially act for you. Without an LPA this can mean an Application to the Court of protection which is very costly and time consuming.

Why make a Last Power of Attorney (LPA)

Making a Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to appoint the people (or person) that you would like to help you in this circumstances and means that you have the peace of mind knowing that you have put in place a solid legal arrangement should you become unable to manage your own affairs. At Burd Ward we can prepare your Lasting Power of Attorney(LPA) for a fixed fee £350+vat. The LPA does need to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian who charge £110. You may be exempt from that payment depending on your income which we can also advise and assist you with.

How much does it costs?

Until the end of February 2017 we are offering a special package to have both your LPA and Will drawn up for a fixed cost of £350+VAT or £650+VAT for a couple. If you would like to start 2017 putting your affairs in order then please contact our Solicitor Victoria Syvret at our office on 0151 639 8273 or by email to arrange your appointment. It won’t take long and we will be able to take all the details we need for both your Will and LPA during our meeting. We can offer appointments to suit you, including after work hours.

To take advantage of the special prices please quote WILLS2017 when you contact us.