Infections are not uncommon, especially after surgery. Most of the time, infections are properly diagnosed and treated. Patients then walk away, relatively unharmed. In more rare cases, infections develop, and they are not properly diagnosed or properly treated. When this happens, infections can worsen, leading to serious injuries and sometimes death.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries due to a severe infection, contact a medical malpractice attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. to discuss your injuries. When medical professionals are responsible for your infection injuries, they should be held accountable.
Proving a negligence claim involves showing that medical professionals breached their duty of care by providing substandard medical care. Patients must then prove that they suffered harm as a result of that breach. When an infection is not diagnosed and continues to progress, it may lead to sepsis, which can cause very severe injuries, including internal organ damage and death.
As mentioned above, infections are common after surgery. Part of a medical professional’s duty of care involves providing proper follow-up care after surgery. Because infections are so common, medical professionals have a responsibility to watch for any signs of infection and provide treatment as soon as possible. When patients receive substandard follow-up care, medical professionals may be responsible for undiagnosed infections and resulting injuries.
Medical professionals and institutions may also be responsible when unsanitary conditions are the direct cause of a patient’s infection. Medical facilities that are not properly cleaned and sterilized have a high risk of leading to patient infections. Contaminated medical equipment and instruments can lead to infections as well. After surgery, improper wound care may cause infections at the surgical site.
It is important to have an experienced legal advocate who will thoroughly investigate the cause of your infection. Investigations often involve reviewing medical records, looking into facility hygiene and sterilization practices, interviewing witnesses, and hiring medical experts when needed. Our law firm has a wealth of resources, and we have relationships with medical experts to help investigate and prove our medical malpractice cases.
Contact a Long Island medical malpractice attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. for a free case evaluation. We will discuss the facts of your case and potential recovery options. If medical negligence led to injuries sustained by you or a loved one, we will fight to see that you secure the financial recovery that you and your family deserve.