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Did a Negligence Medical Procedure Give You Sepsis?

Albert Einstein Medical Center | Console & Associates P.C. Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you or a loved one were injured due to sepsis or septic shock, you’ve come to the right place.

  • We have more than 25 years of experience helping medical malpractice victims resolve their claims.
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  • We care because we know from experience what it’s like trying to live after being a victim of medical malpractice. We treat every client the way we would expect to be treated.
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Sepsis is your body’s extreme reaction to an infection. If your normal immune response can’t cleanse the infection, your body begins to shut down.

Left untreated, Sepsis is fatal.

The CDC warns doctors to act fast when they detect sepsis. It can leave patients with permanent internal damage and require surgery. But doctors don’t always catch the disease promptly, and their patients pay the price. If you suffered from sepsis when you were in the hospital and think the doctors should have noticed it sooner, you need a lawyer. Their negligence shouldn’t leave you suffering. Our team will hold the hospital accountable for this mistake.

Why Are People Suing?

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There are more than 1,000,000 cases of Sepsis each year in the United States, and more than 258,000 Americans die from the condition. The NIH reports that sepsis causes more deaths than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined.

Patients with sepsis suffer from extreme bodily temperatures, rapid heart and breathing rates, weakness, and discolored skin.

It’s also possible for blood clots to form, leading to organ failure and tissue death (also known as gangrene). In severe cases, patients go into septic shock, reducing their chance for survival to below 50 percent.

If you survive sepsis, you still have a long road to recovery. Those who survive to take up to 18 months to feel normal again and 50 percent of patients suffer from post-sepsis syndrome (PSS). PSS means that even when patients make a full recovery, they can experience symptoms like insomnia, poor cognitive function, muscle or joint pain, and fatigue.

For many victims of sepsis, the serious condition affects them for the rest of their lives. What makes this painful condition even worse is knowing that your suffering was preventable. If your doctors had caught the infection early, then they could have taken steps to fight it and reduce the risk of sepsis. At the very least, they could have been aware of the risk of sepsis and been prepared to act quickly when your infection turned septic.

Sepsis isn’t supposed to happen. When it does, it means that something went wrong. The only question is, who is responsible? Sepsis is preventable with proper care. If you don’t think you received the care you deserve, Console and Associates are here to represent you.

How Much Can I Get?

Your sepsis claim is about more than your hospital bills. At Console and Associates, we consider how sepsis affects our clients, futures, and seek compensation for potential upcoming expenses. A few factors we consider in building your claim include:

  • Additional medical bills as a result of hospital negligence
  • Future necessary treatment and hospital visits
  • Lost wages due to past and future medical care
  • Pain and suffering, including the emotional or mental toll from sepsis

Even when you survive sepsis, your bills will add up. Your quality of life may suffer, and you may not be able to do the work you once could. Every claim is different, which is why you should call and speak with an attorney to review what happened to you.

Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

$24.7 Million For Septic Shock

A woman went to Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii to deliver her third child. After the delivery, the patient suffered from low blood pressure and had a fast heart rate. Despite this, the hospital staff failed to give her IV antibiotics. She continued to deteriorate for 48 hours and developed sepsis. As a result, she went into septic shock, suffered multiple organ failure, and lost both of her kidneys. She underwent a kidney transplant, but the damage was done.

After the hospital discharged her (a month after giving birth), the patient continued suffering complications from her sepsis. The loss of her kidneys means she’ll have health problems for the rest of her life.

The government admitted fault for not catching and treating the disease before it became severe. A court awarded her family $24.7 million to cover future health care, home care, lost wages, and mental anguish.

The doctors had plenty of time to diagnose the condition, and the patient gave multiple signs of distress. This was a case of clear negligence that highlights how a hospital’s malpractice can change a life.

Common Questions About Sepsis Lawsuits

We understand that you have dozens of questions about your case. We are here to answer them. Here are a few common questions that most clients ask us, but feel free to give us a call if you have more questions.

Is There a Difference Between Negligence and Malpractice?

A medical malpractice claim is a type of negligence claim against healthcare professionals and providers. Medical malpractice means the practitioner deviated from the expected standard of care to keep the patient healthy. Your healthcare providers had a responsibility to keep you safe. They failed.

I Signed a Medical Consent Form, Does This Negate My Case?

Some patients worry that they can’t bring a case because they signed a consent form for treatment. This isn’t true. The form you signed does not absolve the medical staff from treating you negligently. You did not consent to them, letting your infection progress to the point of sepsis. Even if you signed a consent form, you might still have a case.

Will My Case Go Before a Judge and Jury?

Not all lawsuits go to court. In some cases, both parties are able to reach an agreement through mediation. During this process, we will work to settle your case and make sure we cover all your needs. However, if we cannot reach an agreement with the negligent party, we will take them to court.

There’s no way to answer whether your case will go before a judge, but we can give you an idea of what to expect as we work through the process.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer?

You may have heard that some lawyers charge by the hour, meaning clients feel pressured to talk quickly and must pay out of pocket to retain them. When medical malpractice lawyers like our firm handle cases like yours, you won’t be charged hourly fees, or, for that matter, any upfront costs at all. With our No Fee Promise, all of our consultations and conversations are free. In fact, you won’t owe anything for your legal representation unless and until we win your case.

Don’t worry about the cost of hiring a sepsis attorney. Instead, focus on winning your case and getting back on your feet.

There Is Life After Sepsis

If you developed sepsis due to someone else’s negligence, don’t let them avoid responsibility. It’s because of your doctors that you’re now struggling to put your life back together. They made a serious mistake, and now they owe you compensation.

Contact us today to discuss your case and learn more about the legal process. You can take the first steps to receive compensation and remove financial burdens from your life.

Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances

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