Contaminated Instruments

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Surgical infections are one of the leading causes of patient injury and death in the United States, prompting serious concern over the effectiveness of techniques used to sterilize surgical instruments in America's healthcare facilities. With more than 30 million surgical procedures performed every year, the potential for infection is great. In fact, as many as 20 percent of these procedures result in preventable infections, frequently caused by contaminated instruments. Unfortunately, surgical infections can lead to severe, potentially life threatening complications, extended hospital stays, and enormous medical costs.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury or harm because of a medical professional's negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to recover damages for your losses and suffering. Please contact us today to learn more about seeking compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Contaminated Instruments Compromise Health

From operating rooms to dentist offices, surgical devices are used to help doctors effectively and skillfully treat their patients. Because of the communicable nature of many diseases, surgical instruments must be properly cleaned and sterilized prior to use.

Improper or inadequate sterilization can result in contaminated instruments, which in turn compromise patient health.

Numerous kinds of harmful bacteria and viruses can be spread through contaminated instruments, including:

  • Hepatitis A, B, and C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Tuberculosis
  • Pneumonia
  • More

Your Legal Rights

Medical professionals are required to follow rigorous decontamination guidelines to protect the health and safety of their patients. When healthcare professionals act negligently—whether intentional or not—they can be held responsible for any damages suffered as a result.

If you or someone you love has contracted an infection that you believe to be caused by a contaminated instrument, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with a caring and competent medical malpractice attorney who can evaluate your case and help you determine a possible course of action.

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