Sepsis and Hospital Acquired Infections Lawyer
It is an unfortunate fact that when hospitalized, you can be danger of further complications and health risks. While it is the duty of medical professionals and facilities to protect patients from harm, often instead of healing patients, hospitals can be a place where other diseases are acquired. One of the most common health risks in hospitals for patients is exposure to infection, which can lead to sepsis. When a hospital stay leads to a hospital acquired infection and further complications, it can be a case of medical malpractice.
Most people in the hospital already have a weakened immune system while they recover from whatever injury or ailment brought them there in the first place. When the proper safety and health risk precautions are not followed, patients can be exposed to infectious diseases. Common hospital-acquired infections include pneumonia, surgical site infections, bladder infections and bloodstream infections, all which can lead to sepsis.
What Is Sepsis?
Sepsis is also called septic shock, or septicemia, and is a progression of infection in the body. It is not one symptom, but a combination of many possible symptoms due to complications of the body fighting off infection. Sepsis can lead to organ failure, tissue damage and death, as it is a very serious health condition. If the patient survives, they have a high chance of long-term effects from the illness and may need ongoing medical care for the rest of their lives for their health problems resulting from sepsis.
When a patient succumbs to a hospital-acquired illness that could have been prevented through standard medical procedures, the hospital may be liable for the medical costs and injury to the patient. This is also true when the hospital acquired illness leads to sepsis, putting the patient at higher risk for serious injury and death.
If you suffered a hospital-acquired infection or have a loved one that suffered from this issue or sepsis that may have been prevented, contact our medical legal team at Moriarty Injury Lawyer. We can explore whether you may have a medical malpractice case to receive compensation for injuries or wrongful death.