Failure to Properly Treat Infections

sick-hospital-stay2When we go to the hospital, we expect to leave healthier than when we arrived. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. One out of every ten hospital patients leaves with an infection as a result of the hospital stay. We recognize that many infections are not preventable, but we’ve also seen cases where our clients have suffered because medical professionals have failed to properly treat an infection. If you or a loved one suffered serious injury because of an improperly treated infection, The Haymond Law Firm is ready to fight for you.

Please remember, the basis for a medical malpractice claim is that a doctor or other health care provider failed to follow customary medical procedures and as a result of this failure you have suffered a serious injury. In this type of case, if a doctor fails to properly treat infection it often results in severe and debilitating injuries. Often, a doctor’s failure to treat an infection can lead to irreparable and permanent harm.

There are two main types of infection: localized and generalized. A localized infection occurs in a specific body part and is often associated with a surgical incision, burn, or other traumatic injury. A generalized infection is an infection that has entered the bloodstream. The following are common signs of infection:

Common signs of localized infection:

  • Red around wound / incision
  • Heat around wound / incision
  • Pain around wound / incision
  • Swelling around wound / incision

Common signs of generalized infection:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Low blood pressure
  • Mental distress / confusion

Although both types of infection are hazardous to a person’s health, a generalized infection can create a condition in the body known as sepsis. Sepsis is an infection in multiple organs, also known as blood poisoning, and can result in death. If you or a loved one has suffered sepsis, contact The Haymond Law Firm and start protecting your legal rights today.

After surgeries, burns, or other trauma, medical professionals have a responsibility to actively look for signs of infection. If an infection is present, an infectious disease doctor should be asked to consult as soon as possible. Improperly treating post-surgical infections and other types of infection can have catastrophic results and can be grounds for legal action.

If you suspect that either you or a loved one is the victim of an improperly treated infection that resulted in a serious injury, contact The Haymond Law Firm today.

Remember, each state has a specific amount of time when you can make your claim and a delay can prevent you from doing so. For a free consultation, call The Haymond Law Firm at 1-800-HAYMOND (1-800-429-6663).