Surgical Site Infections (SSI) Lawyer
Every precaution should be made after a surgery to limit the risk of surgical site infections, yet they still occur at an alarming rate. A report from the CDC indicated that a study performed in 2011 estimates over 150,000 inpatient surgeries resulted in surgical site infections. Many of these were preventable and could be caused by medical negligence by the medical teams that have a duty to care for their patients. Even with ongoing improvements to medical care and procedures, these infections are still occurring, causing pain and suffering for patients.
When an infection occurs from surgery, not only is the healing process prolonged, the patient is at risk for further health issues. Tissue and muscle can be lost or damaged, and the infection can spread to other areas of the body. In severe situations, sepsis can occur as a complication of infection, putting the patient at risk for organ damage and even death. Prevention of surgical site infections is a major concern, but medical errors and negligence can contribute to infections and the possible health impacts.
Preventing Surgical Site Infections
Not all surgical site infections, or SSIs, are caused by medical malpractice, but it is a reason for concern when it occurs. There are medical protocols in place to prevent infection, from preparation for surgery, sterilization methods during the procedure and the after-care treatments. When an SSI occurs, and the patient’s health is put at further risk, it is important to have an expert on the patient’s side to determine whether the infection could have been prevented. If medical negligence contributed to the SSI, the patient may be able to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit to receive compensation for medical costs and other expenses related to their injury and illness.
If you have a loved one that had an SSI after surgery, or you sustained an infection yourself, contact Moriarty Injury Lawyer today for a consultation. We have a team of legal and medical experts that can help you determine whether pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit could benefit you and your family.