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What to do when hospital infections strike

July 2, 2014

Hospital infections, also known as Healthcare-Acquired Infections (HAIs) are infections that patients contract while in a healthcare facility where they are receiving care, surgery or other types of treatment. While healthcare treatment always carries certain risks that your doctor should make you aware of, infections are recognized as easily preventable if facilities and their staff take the right precautions and follow hygiene protocols. For this reason, it is important that personal injury casesshould be pursued against responsible parties, forcing those at fault to take actions that will compensate victims and prevent future suffering and pain.

If you, a friend or family member, have been the victim of a hospital infection, it is important to contacta personal injury lawyer who has a background in medical malpractice cases and understands how to get you the compensation you deserve.

Who is at risk of HAIs?

While all patients in a medical treatment facility are vulnerable to these infections, some are especially at risk, including:

  • The elderly – either during a treatment/surgery or while in long-term care at a nursing home or hospice.
  • Young children.
  • Anyone with a compromised immune system.
  • Patients in hospital for more than 6.5 days.
  • Patients who have to be catheterized.
  • Patients who have been over treated with antibiotics.
  • Patients in hospitals where the hygiene of the staff/facility is not up to standard.

HAIs can take many forms, including urinary tract infections, pneumonia, infections in the blood and infections at surgical sites that often lead to further medical treatment and, in some severe cases, death. Even if the infection is treatable, they often mean having to endure unnecessary pain and suffering, as well as loss of wages, expensive medical bills and even future complications.

At The Law Offices of Gloria Seidule, we believe that hospital infections are not an acceptable risk. We will professionally evaluate your case and pursue it to the fullest extent of the law. We’re here to help you get the compensation you deserve and help ensure that hospitals bring their infection rates down – keeping patients safer when they are at their most vulnerable. Contact us today for more information.