If you believe you acquired MRSA infection in a hospital or as the result of an operation, you need an attorney who will work hard to ensure that justice is served. Gloria Seidule is a personal injury attorney in Stuart, Florida who has been practicing for more than two decades and has vast experience with MRSA cases.
MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a staph infection that is highly contagious and resistant to most types of antibiotics. If left untreated, it can result in severe disability or death. Once you have MRSA, you will always be colonized, or a carrier of the bacteria. It can lie dormant in your system and be activated with subsequent procedures or trauma. It is acquired in hospitals, doctor’s offices, schools, nursing homes, gyms and jails. The only way to prevent an infection is proper sanitary procedures in these facilities.
It is believed MRSA developed through overuse of antibiotics. The germ became resistant to normal antibiotics because they were over-prescribed by doctors. The bacteria morphed into a super germ capable of resisting antibiotics. New antibiotics were developed to combat MRSA, but the germ is now morphing into VRE (Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus) There is very little, if any, line of resistance to this bacteria.
The MRSA infection originated in hospitals and seeped into the community by doctors discharging patients with active infections who are highly contagious into the community. Community Acquired MRSA of the skin has become very common because the germ lives on surfaces for many weeks. If an open area of skin touches the infected surface, the skin can become infected. These types of skin infections are seen most commonly found in hospitals, jails, nursing homes and schools.
Surgical site infections occur within 48 hours to one year of the surgery. The bacteria starts to eat away soft tissue from the deep tissue and can result in severe injury or death if not treated properly. SSI’s (surgical site infections) are the fault of the health care providers. These types of infections occur because of lack of sanitary procedures in the operating room.
Medicare is no longer reimbursing hospitals for Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAI). Hospitals were making profits from staph infections they caused, but the government has now stopped reimbursing hospitals for this negligence.This is designed to motivate American hospitals to implement infection control programs to stop the spread of hospital acquired infections.
Yes! Many hospitals in the world have eliminated or significantly reduced hospital acquired infections. Infections are not an acceptable risk of hospitalization. Many times, the infection is worse than the original reason for hospitalization.
If you’re exhibiting MRSA symptoms consult a doctor first then contact the Law Office of Gloria Seidule
For MRSA treatment in Stuart, Florida or if you believe you are experiencing MRSA symptoms, it’s always advised to consult a trusted health care professional as soon as possible. For those who acquired the MRSA infection while in the hospital, call Gloria and let her start building your case. She’s got decades of experience in a wide range of personal injury areas including medication errors, auto accident cases, medical malpractice cases and more. Call Gloria for a free consultation at 772-287-1220 today or contact her via her website. Your privacy is guaranteed.
To learn more about the legal perspective on antibiotic-resistant bacteria, hospital-acquired infections and medical malpractice, read Gloria’s outline from the 2016 ABA seminar on this topic.