Medical Malpractice Attorneys - Infection Lawsuits
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Failure to Prevent, Diagnose or Treat Infections

Hospital related infections are a common and often deadly medical problem. Many of these Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) are caused by the negligence of health care professionals. When infections are not properly managed and treated, patients are within their rights to contact a personal injury law firm like Hardy, Wolf & Downing for evaluation of a medical malpractice lawsuit.

What are Healthcare-Associated Infections?

Healthcare-Associated infections are infections caught before, during, and after the administration of medical care. Health care facilities are responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of patients harmed by HAIs, and early intervention can greatly decrease the impact infections acquired in the medical facility can have.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks healthcareassociated infections as the 5th leading cause of death in the United States.

  • At least 10%, or 2 million patients a year become ill from HAIs, killing over 100,000 a year.
  • Close to 1 in 10 patients get an infection while hospitalized.
  • The most frequent type of hospital-wide infection is urinary tract infection (36%), followed by surgical site infection (20%), and bloodstream infection (Sepsis) and pneumonia (both 11%)

How can Healthcare Providers Fail to Diagnose and Treat Infections?

The Maine personal injury lawyers of Hardy, Wolf & Downing have handled numerous personal injury cases involving medical care providers' failure to:

  • Identify the seriousness of an existing infection
  • Thoroughly review infection symptoms
  • Take samples of infected areas
  • Match appropriate antibiotics to an infection
  • Note personal medical care histories with treatment plans e.g., failure to note resistance to antibiotics
  • Ensure that an infection has resolved completely

For example, our law firm won a case for over $600 thousand dollars for a client who acquired an infection during back surgery when the infectious disease specialist failed to properly order an extended course of IV antibiotics.

What are the Consequences of Healthcare-Associated Infections?

It can be difficult to tell if your infection was the result of expected risks associated with your care or if it was the result of negligence from the lack of proper care managing the infection. Experienced personal injury attorneys like Hardy, Wolf & Downing know the difference and can help determine if you have a medical malpractice case. Here are some examples of consequences of HAIs:

  • Increased financial costs to the patient
  • Longer period of hospitalization
  • Pain and suffering
  • Increased likelihood of more procedures to treat the complication
  • Death

Let our 40 years of Experience Work for You

Acquisition of infections is part of the known risk in agreeing to medical treatment and hospital stays, but it is the management of a known or preventable infection that can result in medical malpractice. The Maine personal injury lawyers at Hardy, Wolf & Downing take medical malpractice cases seriously and have a 40-year track record of success to prove it. Let us take our experience and knowledge and make it work for you. Call today for a free case evaluation.

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