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What are the signs of sepsis after an injury? 

On Behalf of | Dec 18, 2023 | Personal Injury

When the body has an infection, it tries to respond and defeat this infection. In many cases, the body can do this on its own, without the outside intervention of medication or other types of medical care.

But in some cases, this natural response goes wrong. The body responds improperly and causes damage to healthy internal organs. This is known as sepsis, and it can cause severe complications. Blood pressure may fall dramatically, for example, which can harm organs like the liver, the kidneys or the lungs. Many people even pass away from sepsis.

Identifying the disorder

It’s important to identify if sepsis has set in to get proper care, so here are some signs that you may want to look for:

  • Any major cognitive changes 
  • Difficulty breathing or taking many shallow breaths very quickly 
  • Shivering even though it’s not cold 
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy 
  • Sweating even when it isn’t warranted, similar to when you have a fever

Additionally, sepsis usually starts with an initial infection, like pneumonia or a urinary tract infection. If the symptoms of this infection also get worse, it could be because the body is heading towards septic shock. This is when immediate intervention is often necessary. 

Seeking compensation

The initial injury that led to the infection and sepsis may have been caused by someone else – a negligent driver who caused an accident, a dog owner who let the dog off the leash, a property owner who allowed dangerous conditions to exist, etc. If they were responsible for the injury, then you may want to learn more about how to seek financial compensation.