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Hospitals provide a valuable service, saving lives and providing medical care when you suffer an illness, accident, or other injuries. Yet each day in the U.S., one in 31 hospital patients contracts a hospital-acquired infection which can cause serious injury or death.
If you contract a hospital-acquired infection while receiving medical treatment, an experienced hospital-acquired infection lawyer can help determine if you're legally entitled to compensation for things like medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.
Physicians and medical facilities have a solemn duty to protect their patients from harm.
Hospital-acquired infections develop during stays at medical facilities such as hospitals, long-term healthcare facilities, and surgical centers. They occur when you or someone you know receives treatment for a different health condition or disease. Some of the most common infections include:
MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a strain of the common Staph infection that’s grown resistant to antibiotics. Often called a “superbug,” A MRSA infection is rare in the outside world but can often be found in hospitals where it causes severe health complications and even death.
You may have a legal cause of action against a health care facility if you suffered an infection due to a medical practitioner’s negligence. To prove medical malpractice on the part of a hospital or medical professional in the state of Florida, you must be able to prove a breach of the applicable standard of care.
Physicians and medical facilities have a solemn duty to protect their patients from harm, including taking precautions against infections. If you or a loved one contracted an infected during your stay at a Florida medical facility, you need a personal injury attorney who can help determine if you have a case that meets the legal elements of a medical malpractice claim. Contact the Law Office of Gloria Seidule in Stuart FL today for a free consultation.
If an inpatient suffers harm from an infection, the hospital could face a medical malpractice lawsuit. Hospital-acquired infections are not uncommon, and when treated properly (and quickly) they may not be all that dangerous to a patient.
The responsibility of HAI prevention is with the healthcare facility. Hospitals and healthcare staff should follow the recommended guidelines for sterilization and disinfection. Taking steps to prevent HAIs can decrease your risk of contracting them by 70 percent or more.
HAIs are important causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States and are associated with a substantial increase in health care costs each year. At any one time in the United States, 1 out of every 25 hospitalized patients are affected by an HAI.