Medical Malpractice Causing Sepsis
Sepsis is commonly referred to as blood poisoning, and it occurs when microorganisms make the immune system overreact to an injury and start damaging healthy organs and tissue. Sepsis can be hard to diagnose as it can present as an upset stomach or even the flu. The symptoms are different for children and adults, and it is easy for the elderly to get misdiagnosed, especially after getting an infection or injury. It is important for nursing home medical personnel to be suspicious of anyone presenting with symptoms of sepsis. This is because if sepsis is left untreated, it can lead to multiple-organ failure causing death. Early diagnosis can help catch the onset of sepsis and provide for timely treatment. If you or your loved one has suffered from sepsis due to the negligence of medical professionals, you can contact Patel Law, P.C. to help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Symptoms of Sepsis
You can identify it through the following:
- General body weakness
- Loss of appetite
- Declining organ function
- Extreme thirst
- Fever and chills
If you notice two or more of the above symptoms, you have reason to suspect sepsis and can confirm the diagnosis through a blood test.
Medical Negligence and Sepsis
Sepsis can cause severe illness, injury, and even death. However, there are times when the injury can occur due to medical negligence, when there is delay in diagnosis and treatment. Here are some instances in which medical negligence can cause injury due to sepsis:
- Postnatal maternal sepsis when there is delay in giving a mother antibiotics after birth.
- Poor treatment of bowel obstructions that lead to leakage in the abdominal area that causes sepsis.
Breach of Duty and Sepsis
Sometimes a medical professional’s breach of duty can lead to injury of a patient as a result of sepsis. Examples of this include the following:
- When medical practitioners fail to take blood tests when the patient is showing signs of sepsis. This also includes delays in conducting the appropriate tests even when the source of the infection is not known.
- When a patient is discharged even though they are exhibiting signs of sepsis.
- Delays in giving antibiotics after surgeries and childbirth.
- Not draining abscesses or removing rotting tissue that develops due to infection.
Compensation for Sepsis Injuries Caused by Medical Negligence
For you to get compensation for injuries caused by sepsis, you need to prove that there was medical negligence and/or a breach of duty on the part of your medical care provider. The amount of damages awarded depends on the circumstances surrounding the case. You can get economic and non-economic damages awarded to you. For cases that result in death, the compensation will be given to survivors based on the deceased’s personal situation. This will take into account the partner, children and other dependents. If there is permanent injury, compensation will be determined based on the severity of the injury, how it affects future income, and the future needs of the victim and their family.
Economic damages include hospital bills, loss of income, and other financial damages. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, emotional damages, psychological damages, among others. However, you need to make your claim as soon as possible as there is a statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases.
If you suspect that medical treatment was delayed due to the fault of the nursing home or other medical personnel, a personal injury attorney can help you pursue compensation for your losses.
Patel Law, P.C. Can Assist You After Sepsis
When your loved one is in the hospital or a residential care facility, you expect them to get the treatment they need, and on time. If treatment is not administered in a timely manner, it can lead to serious injuries or death. When this happens, the medical personnel can be held liable. Trying to get compensation on your own will be a serious challenge; you need the services of a qualified personal injury attorney. Patel Law, P.C. has a team of qualified legal professionals who will fight the battle on your behalf and ensure you get your well-deserved compensation.
Contact Us Today
It is your right to get the best medical care for you and your loved ones. If you suspect that there was medical malpractice that led to the progression of your sepsis, you can contact us immediately and schedule a free consultation. Our team will take over your case and fight the legal battle for you so you can focus on healing and the well-being of your family.