Every year, approximately two million people in the United States acquire infections in hospitals, resulting in severe patient injury and 90,000 preventable fatalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Infections contracted in hospitals are most often completely preventable and frequently occur as a result of the negligence or wrongdoing of a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional. Sadly, these types of avoidable medical errors are more prevalent than we think and may result in serious illness, injury, or death to a patient.
If you or a loved one has suffered severe harm as a result of contracting an infection in a hospital, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your damages. Please contact us today to speak with a qualified and caring medical malpractice attorney who can evaluate your case and determine the best course of action for you.
Common Types of Preventable Hospital-Borne Infections
Various types of infections are commonly contracted in hospitals as a result of medical mistakes, including:
• Surgical infections
• Blood stream infections
• Urinary tract infections
How Are Preventable Infections in Hospitals Contracted?
Infections acquired in hospitals are oftentimes completely avoidable. Unfortunately, many medical professionals fail to act with the highest standard of care when treating patients, causing them to contract serious, life-threatening infections in hospitals. In many cases, something as simple as inadequate sanitation methods, such as not sufficiently washing hands before a surgery, can lead to infections in hospitals.
Many patients may develop serious infections in hospitals because of the improper use of intravenous therapy, which can be easily transmitted through needles. In many cases, infections, including life-threatening respiratory illnesses, may be contracted through the improper use of ventilators, particularly when doctors or nurses fail to take the proper precautionary measures. Furthermore, simple techniques such as clipping hair—rather than shaving it off—before a surgery can help prevent cuts and avoid infections in hospitals.
What Are My Legal Rights?
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious illness, injury, or death as a result of a hospital-borne infection, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover your losses, including: pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of income capacity, and more. Please contact us today to speak to a compassionate and experienced medical malpractice attorney who can inform you of your legal rights and help you get the compensation you deserve.
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