You visit the hospital when you need care, and you certainly don’t expect to leave in worse health than when you arrived. However, staff negligence and poor treatment conditions can lead to illness, infection, and even amputation. Now, your health is in ruins, your prognosis uncertain, and the costs of your medical care have skyrocketed. The medical bills for treatment that you should never have needed in the first place can put a huge financial burden on your family. Many hospital-acquired infections are preventable with proper care. If your providers were negligent and you didn’t get the care you deserved, you shouldn’t have to pay for their mistakes.
Hospital infections are often the result of negligence and malpractice. They happen because the staff was unable to provide quality care and identify warning signs early on. When you hire a lawyer with more than 25 years of medical malpractice experience, you get more than an attorney. You’re gaining an ally to help you fight for your health. We are familiar with hospital-associated infections and the impact they have on families.
This is already a difficult time for you, which is why you want us on your side. We know the law, and we know how to get you every penny you deserve. If you suffered from a hospital-borne infection, then you could qualify for compensation to cover your medical bills and other expenses during your recovery period.
Why Are People Suing?
On any given day, one in 25 patients has a hospital-acquired infection (also known as a HAI). These cases add up. More than 722,000 patients suffered from hospital infections in 2011 (the most recent source of data, according to the Center for Disease Control), and 75,000 patients died. This means that more than 10% of patients who contracted an infection in a hospital died from it. Infections are serious medical conditions. They’re also largely preventable.
When hospitals follow their own guidelines, serious infections shouldn’t be a common part of treatment. Infections arise when staff members fail to treat patients with the attention they need or provide patient care during the recovery process. Oftentimes, patients foot the bill for the hospital’s mistakes without realizing their pain and suffering wasn’t a natural part of treatment.
Other factors show the full impact that infections like sepsis and pneumonia can have on patients. Hospital infections disrupt lives and can have lasting consequences.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information shared a study of four common healthcare-acquired infections to understand their impact on patient care. The researchers compared the rate of infections with significant patient effects like in-hospital mortality, length of stay, and inpatient costs. They found that the probability of dying increased for patients who caught infections, while their length of stay and medical bills rose exponentially.
- Bigger Bills: Medical bills were twice as high for patients with HAIs than for patients who didn’t contract an infection.
- More Time In The Hospital: The median length of stay for patients with HAIs were twice as long as those without.
- Higher Mortality Rate: Patients who caught sepsis were almost six times as likely to die in-hospital care.
But it’s impossible to measure the true cost of hospital infections just by looking at medical bills. The costs to families and patients extend far beyond what they pay at the end of their stay. Patients miss work because of hospital time. Patients who die of HAIs are more than statistics; they are real people who died because of a lack of quality patient care.
The CDC also found that most healthcare-associated infections are preventable. The government organization works with healthcare providers to improve treatment care and prevent negligent treatment. When doctors and nursing staff are aware of infection problems and take specific steps to prevent them, rates of certain infections can decrease by more than 70 percent.
If hospitals take preventive steps to identify symptoms and treat patients early on, then there’s no reason for infections to spread out of control and become deadly. Hundreds of thousands of patients each year could recover faster from treatment and have lower medical bills.
If you or someone are among the 722,000 patients who suffered from a healthcare-acquired infection, then it’s time to speak out. You deserve compensation for your suffering, and your actions can help make sure that future patients receive better care.
How Much Can I Get?
Every medical malpractice and negligence case is different, so the value of your claim depends on your unique situation. While looking at past cases can help you get an idea for how the value of medical malpractice lawsuits, they do not indicate what your particular case is worth. The best way to understand the full amount of money you deserve because of your hospital infection is to talk with one of our lawyers about your case.
Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
What Makes Up a Malpractice Claim?
To determine the value of your claim, we start by reviewing your medical expenses and course of treatment to determine if the infection could have been prevented.
Once we understand the financial weight of your medical treatment, we look at the hospital infection’s impact on your life and wellbeing. These factors also determine how much you are likely to receive in a malpractice case and can include stipends for:
- Lost wages due to hospitalization
- Future lost wages
- Pain and suffering caused by the infection
- Long-term effects that you will have to live with
- Physical treatment you will need in the future
Your claim is about more than your existing medical bills. Your settlement or jury award will need to be enough to cover future treatments and lost income as a result of the doctor or hospital’s negligence.
When you work with dedicated lawyers like us, you can rest assured that there are professionals who care about your well-being. At Console and Associates, we take a big-picture view of your case to make sure we get you every penny you deserve.
Common Questions About Hospital Infection Lawsuits
We understand that starting a hospital acquired infection lawsuit can seem daunting, which is why we are here to help our clients through the whole process.
Below are some of the most frequent questions victims of hospital infections ask us about their cases. If you have additional questions, call our office and speak to a legal professional about your malpractice case for free.
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Hospital acquired infections should not be as common as they are. If you developed a hospital borne infection during treatment, you deserve compensation for your expenses and your suffering. Call us for a free consultation.
Five Most Common Healthcare Associated Infections
The CDC shared information on the five most common hospital acquired infections. If you suffered from one of these problems during your hospital stay, you could have a viable medical malpractice and negligence case.
|Infection||Symptom||Number of Case|
|Pneumonia||Hospital-acquired pneumonia is common in patients with weakened immune systems. Patients often get it when they,re exposed to other germs in a hospital setting.|
Symptoms include confusion, coughing with phlegm, shortness of breath, fever, chills, sharp chest pains, and decreased blood pressure.
|Gastrointestinal Illness||The most common gastrointestinal illness occurs when hospital patients receive antibiotics. Some chemicals disrupt gut microbes and let bacteria take over. Germs on hospital surfaces can also cause these infections.|
Symptoms include contagious diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain.
|Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)||UTIs are often the result of improper catheter use or bacteria along the line. Hospitals use catheters to monitor the flow of urine and help patients who are unable to get out of bed. Infections occur when bacteria travel up the catheter to the kidney or bladder. They are often the result of hospital staff leaving catheters in longer than necessary.|
Symptoms include bloody urine, abdominal discomfort, painful urine, and fever associated with the infection.
|Primary Bloodstream Infections (Sepsis)||Sepsis is one kind of primary bloodstream infection and occurs when chemicals meant to fight infection actually trigger inflammation. This affects multiple organ systems, leading them to fail.|
Symptoms include fever and higher respiratory rates, which can progress to difficulty breathing, changes in mental state, and reduced urine output.
|Surgical Site Infections||This infection occurs at the surgical site and around where the patient received the operation. These infections can infect internal tissues and organs, making them hard to see and diagnose.|
Symptoms include swelling and pain around the site, fever, chills, and nausea. Symptoms can vary depending on the location of the infection.