nursing home caregiver holding elderly patient's handThere are three different stages of sepsis. People often use the word sepsis to describe all three stages. However, the three stages of sepsis include sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock, and each stage has its own symptoms and potential health consequences.


The first stage of sepsis is often just called sepsis. Sepsis occurs when an infection is in the bloodstream and there is inflammation in the body. Symptoms of the first stage of sepsis include fever, an elevated heart rate, and a high respiration rate. Additionally, there is often medical confirmation of a likely infection.

Severe Sepsis

The second stage of sepsis is known as severe sepsis. Once sepsis has progressed to severe sepsis, symptoms of the condition include trouble breathing, abdominal pain, decreased urine output, heart problems, and changes in mental state. By this point, one or more of the vital organs such as the brain, kidneys, and heart are affected.

Septic Shock

The third and most serious stage of sepsis is septic shock. Someone who is experiencing septic shock may have all of the symptoms of sepsis and severe sepsis. Additionally, people with septic shock experience dangerous drops in blood pressure. By the time sepsis progresses to septic shock, a person is at risk of suffering from stroke, heart failure, respiratory failure, organ failure, and death.

Kentucky Sepsis, Severe Sepsis, and Sepsis Shock Lawsuits

If your loved one is at any stage of sepsis due to nursing home negligence, now is the time to take action to protect your loved one’s rights. Our nursing home negligence lawyers can help you help your loved one. We will find out what happened at your loved one’s nursing home and take all of the necessary actions to protect your loved one’s legal recovery which could include compensation for past and future medical bills, physical pain, emotional suffering, out-of-pocket costs, and, if applicable, funeral costs and compensation for your family’s loss.

Call us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation about your loved one’s rights. Our experienced lawyers and staff nurse are here to help your family during this difficult time. We will make sure you know all of your legal options so that you can decide what action you want to take next.

Mark K. Gray
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Louisville attorney serving the seriously injured in Kentucky