Hospitals and other healthcare facilities have a very high concentration of people with illnesses. While hospitals take measures to reduce the risk of the spread of infection, it is impossible to completely eliminate this risk.
A report published in the Wall Street Journal indicates that among people who are hospitalized, as many as 1 in 10 may develop an infection. These infections can be very severe and may even be fatal in some cases. Depending on the circumstances of how an infection occurred, a hospital or a healthcare professional may be held liable for injuries sustained as the result of a patient infection. Hospitals have a duty to take reasonable measures to ensure that infections do not spread through their patient population.
Anyone who has developed an infection while hospitalized should contact an a qualified injury attorney for a case evaluation. If you developed an infection while in the hospital that was a result of someone’s negligence, you may be able to obtain compensation for any additional medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, or other losses you may incur.
According to statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were approximately 1.7 million hospital acquired infections in 2002 alone. Of these, 33,269 were among newborns in high-risk nurseries, 19,059 among newborns in non-high-risk nurseries, 417,946 in people in ICUs, and 1,266,851 in patients outside of ICUs. These hospital acquired infections were responsible for 98,987 fatalities, which are broken down into the following kinds of infections:
Although these statistics were compiled a decade ago, there is nothing to indicate that these numbers have improved.
Hospital or healthcare related infections can be very serious and difficult to treat. One of the most worrisome issues associated with hospital infections is the apparent rise in infections that are the result of “superbugs,” which are disease-resistant bacteria.
Fortunately for patients, there are steps that people can take to avoid the risk of getting an infection while at the hospital. According to the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, the single most effective way to protect yourself from infection is making sure that all hospital staff and visitors thoroughly wash their hands. In addition, you can also take the following measures:
Should you have to do these things? No. But in some instances, they can save your life from a negligent doctor.
Because of the high density of hospital populations, outbreaks of infection can affect a large number of people very quickly. If you develop an infection while hospitalized, you may be able to recover damages through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Examples of hospital staff or physician negligence could include things like failure to wash hands, not sterilizing surgical equipment, failure to recognize and treat an infection, not separating infected patients from non-infected patients, or not effectively cleaning surfaces with antiseptic solution. To determine whether you have a claim, you should meet with an experienced Indiana medical malpractice attorney.
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In nearly all cases, our clients seek compensation from the wrongdoer’s insurance company. Before forming Wruck Paupore, Jason worked for a prominent law firm representing some of the world’s largest insurers. This experience gives Jason a deep understanding of the insurance industry and the strategies it uses to pay injury victims as little as possible.
Jason -- and our entire team -- put this inside knowledge to work to force insurance companies to pay what is actually owed. Often, we use the insurance company’s own tactics against them as we fight for the full compensation our client deserves.
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Since the beginning, Keith has put people first. From his childhood in Gary, Indiana during the 1960’s and working his way through law school, Keith has risen to become one of the Midwest’s most respected trial lawyers. He has never forgotten that being a lawyer is about helping people -- and seeing injury victims through struggles in a way that could change their lives forever.
Over the decades, Keith, Don and Jason have fought relentlessly for clients, even when other lawyers have said the case was impossible to win.
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