Hospital-Acquired Infections Attorney
Infections acquired during a hospital stay are preventable. Let us fight for your rights as a patient.
There are more than 300 hospitals in Florida which provide care and medical treatment to thousands of patients every day. But too often we see that patients who are trying to get better are exposed to dangerous bacteria and viruses that can cause serious and deadly infections. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, on any day in the United States, 1 in 25 hospital patients contracts at least 1 hospital-acquired infection. The CDC refers to these instances are healthcare-associated infections (HAI), and according to the organization, nearly 75,000 patients with HAIs died during hospitalization.
Medical Malpractice Lawyers with Experience in Hospital Infections Cases
In Gainesville, the personal injury law office of Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., is committed to fighting for the rights of the patient. If you or a loved one has acquired an infection during a hospital stay, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the negligence, oversight or malpractice that occurred. While a monetary recovery could never heal your wounds or lessen the grief experienced when a loved one dies due to a hospital-acquired infection, it can help diminish the financial burden you experience, and perhaps more importantly, hold accountable those who are responsible.
Patients trust that hospital staff members will provide care in a clean and sterile environment. When that trust is broken, let our experienced medical malpractice lawyers make a stand against sub-par hygiene standards.
When a patient acquires an infection during a hospital stay, it may seem obvious that the hospital is at-fault. However, it can be difficult to prove the connection between an acquired infection and the healthcare staff. Furthermore, a hospital’s insurance company won’t bow down easily to an infection claim. In Florida, the best course of action is to gain representation from an aggressive hospital-acquired infections attorney with experience dealing with healthcare facilities and insurance companies. Hospital administrators will often fight to uphold the reputation of their medical staff and the hospital itself, and the insurance company won’t be quick to pay out. Warner, Sechrest & Butts employs hardworking medical malpractice attorneys for cases such as these when a doctor, nurse, technician or administrator is not willing to admit they were wrong, negligent or inattentive.
Not every infection that occurs in a hospital is at the fault of a staff member. And no two patient cases are identical. An infection that started before admittance could cause the patient to show symptoms after admittance. But in cases where an infection occurs after surgery or other medical procedure, you are within your rights to seek qualified counsel from a personal injury and medical malpractice attorney.
MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus), strep, and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria) are common types of hospital infections acquired during hospital stays.
Staph infections are aggressive and resistant to many types of antibiotics. It is most commonly associated with skin infections, but more serious conditions can occur quickly, including septicemia (infection of the bloodstream), necrotizing fasciitis, and toxic shock syndrome.
Many people have heard or even had strep throat, a very painful sore throat that must be treated. But strep can also lead to rheumatic fever, pneumonia and even scarlet fever. In newborns, Group B strep is a rather common infection, but it can lead to devastating diseases and death. Brain damage, pneumonia, loss of vision, cerebral palsy, loss of hearing and meningitis can all result from an infant acquiring the Group B strep infection. In elderly patients, strep can be just as dangerous.
Flesh-eating bacteria is not just a Hollywood plot tool. It is a real and disasterly bacteria. As the bacteria enters through an open wound, many patients require an amputation to stop the bacteria from spreading throughout their bodies. Necrotizing fasciitis is a quick-spreading and deadly bacteria, and many times it is misdiagnosed.
Hospital Infections & Contamination Prevention
Some basic hygiene practices can go a long way in preventing healthcare-associated infections.
- Washing hands frequently and in-between patients
- A thorough cleansing of patient rooms, equipment and bedding
- Testing incoming patients for infectious diseases
- Wearing appropriate safety gear, such as gloves
- Taking extra precautions around patients with known infections
Patients and their family members should not accept that hospital-acquired infections are an allowable risk. If you or a loved one has acquired an infection, contact an attorney immediately. You could have a case if:
- the hospital did not acknowledge, or if it ignored, outbreaks.
- the hospital or staff did not follow proper protocols or policies for preventing an infection.
- the hospital did not investigate the cause of an outbreak.
- unsanitary conditions were present in patient rooms or treatment rooms.
- surgical equipment, rooms and staff were not properly sterilized.
If you think you may have a case against a hospital or care facility, contact Warner, Sechrest & Butts. Our medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers are ready to fight for the rights of patients throughout Florida. We believe that getting justice for you and your loved ones is the right thing to do. Hospital-acquired infections are preventable! Don’t let a doctor, administrator or hospital’s insurance company try to tell you that “these things happen.” The rate of healthcare-associated infections is far too high, and only when you push back against the system can change ever happen. Let our attorneys do the pushing for you.