What can you do when your loved one suffers a serious injury from an infection?
Should it have been controlled with proper medical care? In most instances an infection will produce symptoms that start out small. Those symptoms are a sign of a problem, which must be diagnosed, and properly treated before things get out of hand. There are many antibiotics, and other treatments for an infection. If an infection is not diagnosed, or if it is not treated promptly it can grow and cause serious harm or death. If your doctor does not follow the proper treatment protocols called the “standard of care”, they commit medical malpractice. If that malpractice causes a serious injury from an infection then you might have a case of medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice is a serious problem. In a 2013 study, A New, Evidence-Based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care by John T. James, PhD., premature death associated with preventable harm to patients was over 400,000 per year.
In an article published September 2, 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA Internal Medicine) the authors concluded the health care associated infections represent a major threat to patient safety, and are a “major public health problem.” They also find that at least 50% were preventable. The total annual cost to the health care system from the 5 major infections is $9.8 billion.
Fight for the compensation and justice you deserve for the injuries you have sustained, or for your loved one who had their life taken away. In a medical malpractice lawsuit, you can win compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and diminished future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Permanent catastrophic injuries or disabilities, including scarring
- Wrongful death
Infection Malpractice Can Cause Serious Injuries and Wrongful Death
At Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., we are very selective about the medical malpractice cases we accept. We strive to fight for individuals who have endured very serious injuries and have the most to gain from winning a Connecticut medical malpractice suit. We also work with families who have lost their loved ones due to the negligence of a medical professional.
You may have a medical malpractice lawsuit if you or a loved one has been faced with one of the following situations:
- Staph infection,
- MRSA infection,
- Infections after surgery,
- Infection dealing with the brain, or spine,
- Spinal tap errors,
- Nursing home infections,
- Hospital infections,
- Abdominal surgery infections,
- Central line associate bloodstream infections,
- Ventilator associated pneumonia,
- Catheter associated urinary tract infections.
How to evaluate whether you have a medical malpractice case from an infection?
Do you think that a loved is the victim of a medical malpractice involving an infection? How is your case evaluated? The first step is to gather the medical records and especially the labs work identifying the particular infection. For example, if your loved on lived in West Hartford they likely treated at St. Francis Hospital or Hartford Hospital. If, continuing with the example, your loved one has suffered an infection in her spinal canal due to an improper wound closure at Hartford Hospital you should request all of the records from Hartford Hospital including the surgical records, and the lab work. Furthermore, if the spinal infection has led to spine damage or brain damage you will gather all treatment records of the brain damage so you can evaluate how the malpractice caused the damage to the brain or spine. Next, you will have to find a doctor that is of the same specialty as the defendant doctor to review the case and their surgical procedure, and also an infectious disease expert to offer an opinion about whether there was malpractice involving the infection. Only if you get an opinion that medical malpractice has occurred, can you proceed with your case.
There are also additional hurtles that you must also overcome, like proof of damages. You must prove your harms and losses. You must also prove that your harms and losses were caused from the medical malpractice. In the context of an infection you will be forced to examine the consequences of the error and whether the underlying condition (co-morbidity) contributed to the harm, and whether the malpractice made any difference at all. For example, you must prove that the infection could have been treated had malpractice not occurred, or that it would not have been acquired in the first place. If the medical error caused the death of a loved one, then a wrongful death case can be brought. If death did not occur, and your loved on suffered a brain injury or other serious complication like organ failure, or limb amputation, then an evaluation of the injury must occur to evaluate the life-long care your loved one will need. All of these medical questions require answers by qualified medical experts to determine the harms and losses suffered by your loved one.
If you know negligent medical professionals caused life-changing injury to a loved one due to the infection related malpractice error it's time to fight back and let them know they will be held accountable for their malpractice.
Contact Our Groton Medical Malpractice Attorneys
With millions of dollars on the line, our medical malpractice lawyers at the Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., do not accept every case. For a medical malpractice lawsuit to be successful, we must prove that the medical provider failed to live up to the appropriate standard of care, as well as that the medical negligence or malpractice caused harm to our client.
When the Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., represents you in your medical malpractice case, you can expect attention to detail. You can also expect excellent customer service on the day-to-day basis in our office. Just take a look at our former client testimonials on this website. When it comes to case preparation and trial technique, we have Board Certified Civil Trial Attorneys ready to take your case to trial if necessary. Additionally, we have also taught Health Law at the Quinnipiac College School of Law, lecturing to other attorneys on the topic of medical malpractice. We set the standard for medical malpractice attorneys throughout the state of Connecticut.
If you or a loved one were injured or killed due to the negligence of a medical professional from a hospital acquired infection or an infection related error contact the Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., at 860-445-8521 or toll free 888-717-4211 today for a free consultation.