Can an Infection be the Basis for a Medical Malpractice Lawuit?
Helping Clients Injured by Hospital and Other Infections
When undergoing a medical procedure, patients always run the risk of developing
an infection. Unfortunately, when a patient suffers an infection they
can face severe hardships. Infections can cause patients further illness
and can be fatal in some cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
estimates that more than 2 million hospital infections occur each year,
resulting in 90,000 deaths. In addition to physical hardships, an infection
may extend a patient's hospital stay and force them to undergo further
medical procedures; resulting in more medical bills and lost wages.
Can You File a Lawsuit After Suffering an Infection
Infections are generally considered a risk with any medical procedure.
As a result, most infections do not present grounds for a medical malpractice
lawsuit. In some cases, however, a doctor's negligence in the handling
or diagnosis of an infection can provide grounds for a lawsuit. Individuals
who have suffered damages from an infection may have grounds for a lawsuit
if any of the following occurred:
- The infection was caused by a surgical error
- The doctor failed to prescribe antibiotics or failed to prescribe the correct
- The infection was initially misdiagnosed
- The doctor failed to diagnose the infection until significant damage was
done to the patient
- The medical staff failed to use adequate infection control procedures
Patients who have suffered an infection should keep in mind that in order
to have a valid claim, the doctor's negligent actions must have caused
the patient to suffer either economic or non-economic damages. Economic
damages are any financial strain placed upon the patient by their infection,
such as lost wages, high medical bills, and damage to future earning potential.
Non-economic damages are any pain and suffering caused by the infection.
Why Should You Hire An Attorney?
Do to the fact that infections are a known risk involved in any medical
procedure, proving negligence can be difficult. As a result, it is essential
that patients who have suffered a serious infection seek the counsel of
an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. A skilled lawyer will interview
the doctor and their staff, hire medical experts to review the injured
patients records, file the lawsuit, and seek maximum compensation in court.
At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our personal injury lawyers
have been handling medical malpractice cases for over 50 years. We understand
that proving a doctor's negligence after a patient suffers an infection
can be difficult. Our firm, however, has the resources and experience
necessary to succeed in infection cases. We have secured our clients a
number of favorable verdicts and settlements, many of them worth over
Have you or someone you loved suffered a serious infection during a hospital
stay? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free review of
your legal options, call 212-406-1700 or contact us
online. Our attorneys take all cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning there
is no charge unless we secure a monetary recovery.