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Can Sepsis Be Caused by Medical Malpractice?

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Maryland Malpractice LawyerMedical errors account for over 250,000 deaths per year in the United States of America, making medical malpractice the third-leading cause of death in the country. When we see a doctor or go to a hospital, we are quite literally putting our lives in the hands of others. There should be no room for mistakes, especially mistakes resulting from negligence.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 patients who die in a hospital has sepsis. While not all sepsis cases can be prevented, many could have been completely avoided.

If you or your loved one developed sepsis as a result of medical malpractice, call the Regan Zambri Long medical malpractice lawyers today for a free consultation. Sepsis can create ongoing medical problems that are harmful to your health and can be permanently debilitating or life-threatening. No to mention, developing sepsis can also significantly increase your medical bills.

At Regan Zambri Long, our medical malpractice attorneys firmly believe you should not have to pay for someone else’s mistake. Call today to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer who will help pursue compensation through a medical malpractice claim.

What Is Sepsis?

Sepsis is the body’s overactive and toxic response to an infection. It occurs when a person’s immune system releases chemicals into the bloodstream to fight an infection, but instead of fighting the infection and helping the person get better, the chemicals create overwhelming inflammation throughout the body. The inflammation or severe sepsis puts an enormous amount of stress on multiple organs, causing organ failure.

If left untreated, a person with severe sepsis can go into septic shock, which is a serious drop in blood pressure. While mild sepsis can be treated, septic shock is a life-threatening condition and has a 40% mortality rate.

The cause of sepsis is often an infection, such as pneumonia or other lung infections. Kidney, bladder, or other urinary infections can also cause sepsis. Other areas of infection that can produce sepsis are the digestive system, a bloodstream infection, or a catheter site. Finally, open wounds or burns are likely to become infected and could cause the victim to go into septic shock.

What are the signs and symptoms of sepsis?

It is important to pay attention to the following signs and symptoms if you or your loved one is being treated in a hospital or has an infection. The key to a quicker recovery is to catch sepsis early. The symptoms you should look for are:

If you or your loved one are exhibiting any of these signs, you should seek medical attention immediately. Remember, sepsis is a medical emergency and should be treated as such. Do not hesitate to go to a hospital or call your doctor.

How Does Medical Malpractice Cause Sepsis?

In most cases, patients entering a hospital already have an infection before arriving. However, if the infection is misdiagnosed or not diagnosed in time, the infection can lead to sepsis.

Doctor and Nurse Discussion Emergency Room NegligenceThere are also cases where patients develop infections during their hospital stay, which are called Hospital Acquired Infections or HAIs. In these cases, the infections may have been caused by medical negligence by the facility or an individual healthcare provider.

Examples of medical negligence that can lead to a patient developing sepsis are:

If you or your loved one experienced any of these errors, contact a Regan Zambri Long experienced medical malpractice attorney immediately. You have rights to compensation and your story could end up helping other victims avoid going through what you went through.

Sepsis Resulting from Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing HomePeople 65 and older are at the highest risk of developing sepsis, which makes nursing homes particularly problematic for the illness. Unfortunately, many facilities that are meant to take care of the elderly do just the opposite. Nursing home residents are mistreated, ignored, and left to suffer when they fall ill.

Like hospitals, many workers come and go, bringing in different kinds of germs and harmful bacteria, which make the patients ill. Additionally, many nursing home residents are frequently transported to and from hospitals for various illnesses, which increases their risk of HAIs.

Sepsis is also a result of nursing home neglect. If an elderly patient is not continuously monitored for infections, bedsores, bacteria, and other illnesses, sepsis can develop quickly. Because of their age and fragile health, the elderly are more likely to fall sick and go into septic shock.

There are many signs and symptoms of sepsis you can look for in your loved one who lives in a nursing home. If you notice any of the following, make sure he or she receives medical attention immediately:

If your loved one suffered neglect and abuse in a nursing home, reach out to a Regan Zambri Long medical malpractice attorney who will guide you through the claims process and offer expert legal counsel. At Regan Zambri Long, we believe our elderly population should be treated with the utmost care and respect – we do not tolerate anything less. Call today for a free initial consultation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney who will fiercely fight for the rights of the elderly and if necessary, pursue a sepsis lawsuit.

How can I prove medical malpractice?

Salvatore J. ZambriAt Regan Zambri Long, our goals are simple: our medical malpractice lawyers will help you understand your legal rights, build a rock-solid case around your claim, and secure a settlement or verdict in your favor.

Our team will work with medical consultants, review medical records, investigate the hospital, physician, or other medical facilities to prove you were the victim of medical malpractice. After we uncover all the evidence in your case, we will pursue the maximum amount of compensation possible. While you concentrate on your recovery, we will concentrate on recovering the damages you are owed.

Our medical malpractice lawyers have won millions of dollars for our clients over the years, including an $11 million settlement against a facility that failed to perform a pregnancy test on a patient before surgery. Our lawyers are routinely featured in Best Lawyers and the National Law Journal. Our medical malpractice lawyers are licensed to practice in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.

Our client testimonials speak for themselves. Clients praise our partners for being patient, communicative, and compassionate. Our medical malpractice lawyers deeply understand what you and your family are going through and we know you do not want to be our clients for one more minute than you have to. That is why we work hard to answer every single question you have, keep you updated on the status of your claim, and try to negotiate a fair settlement as quickly as possible.

Regan Zambri Long is not afraid of large hospitals or their insurance companies. We have the resources to take any claim to trial, so you can be sure your attorney will be with you every step of the way. Call today for a free consultation to get your claim started.

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