Hospital-acquired infections are a serious problem that can have devastating consequences. Health care providers have a professional duty to patients to ensure they are treated in clean, safe environments. When this does not happen, patients may contract nosocomial infections, or more commonly, these are referred to as hospital acquired infections (HAI).
Hospital infections often occur because surgeons, nurses or doctors failed to provide a sufficiently clean environment for their patients. When medical professionals fail to follow applicable standards or follow approved medical procedures, patients may develop infections while staying at a medical facility.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports about 2 million people suffer hospital-acquired infections each year, with about 100,000 of those resulting in death. An additional 1.5 million nursing home residents suffer a preventable infection during the course of their care. In fact, on any given day, 1 in 25 hospital patients suffer at least one healthcare-associated infection.
The Hospital acquired infection rate in New York is not good. HAI Reports from the CDC revealed New York in particular has major room for improvement in this regard.
The most common hospital acquired infections are:
As personal injury attorneys, we handle all manner of injuries and grievances that are caused by the neglect of others, including serious infections that occurred in a hospital. If you checked into a hospital and you are now worse than before you went in for medical treatment, you may have grounds for a negligence claim. It’s critical you take strong legal action as soon as possible.
Our law firm routinely reviews medical records and verifies that hospitals followed all the rules and regulations while a client was a patient. Courts overseeing medical malpractice lawsuits stemming from these infections have ruled these kinds of illnesses are preventable, and that doctors, nurses, medical technicians, hospitals and nursing homes aren’t doing enough to stop them.
Hospitals, like most public spaces are filled with bacteria. The problem is that sick people or those undergoing surgery are more vulnerable to infection from these bacteria. Hospitals have many procedures in place to protect patients from being exposed. However sometimes a hospital or staff cuts corners, gets sloppy or is just plain lax about patient safeguards. When this happens and patients suffer, the hospital and staff can be held accountable.
If you develop an infection while in a hospital, hopefully they will provide you with a quick diagnosis and proper treatment. Delayed diagnosis or treatment of a hospital-associated infection can result in a condition called sepsis, which is when the infection is spread via the blood throughout the body, which can cause septic shock resulting in death. If a diagnosis was delayed because you were not monitored adequately or the correct treatment was not given, the hospital and staff may be liable for the harm they caused.
If you experienced no substantial harm from the infection, in general you would not have grounds to file a malpractice lawsuit.
Medical malpractice lawsuits are geared towards compensating patients and families who have suffered substantial financial or other losses as the result of faulty care. Substantial loss usually means a long-term or permanent disability or death.
Your case will be given the careful attention of our team of talented NY medical malpractice attorneys. Our firm has handled thousands of personal injury cases and has successfully negotiated and litigated millions of dollars in jury awards, settlements and insurance claims.
If necessary, we can help you file a hospital infection report in New York if we believe that’s the best way to resolve your case. We will not rest until justice is served.
Complicated cases demand strong legal action. A delay could affect your ability to be fairly compensated for your injury or your loss. Waiting could also make your legal case harder to build.
That’s why it’s critical you have an experienced firm on your side like Frekhtman & Associates to handle your hospital acquired infection lawsuit. We know how to investigate these cases. We hire our own qualified medical experts whose knowledge and experience can give us another opinion of the medical records. Depending on the circumstances, our team may look at medical charts, prescriptions, and other evidence to support your medication error claim.
We know what facts to look for to support your claim. We understand how put together evidence into rock-solid cases. That means preparing chronologies, time lines, medical illustrations and other demonstrative exhibits for use at trial.
We are proud of our winning case results because we know the money we obtain for injury victims and their families makes a dramatic difference in their lives.
We assure you that our experienced New York City malpractice attorneys will work tirelessly on your case. We promise we will explore every possible legal avenue. We promise we will communicate clearly with you every step of the way.
When you contact us, your case will receive our unparalleled personal attention. We meticulously investigate every legal matter. This detail-oriented approach allows us to build strong, effective court cases designed to win.
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