MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a strain of the common Staph infection that's grown resistant to antibiotics. Often called a “superbug,” A MRSA infection is rare in the outside world but can often be found in hospitals where it causes severe health complications and even death.
If you contracted a MRSA infection after treatment at a medical facility, you should contact an experienced Stuart FL personal injury attorney who specializes in MRSA infections about whether you’re entitled to file a legal claim for compensation.
MRSA strains have been identified as a major source of healthcare-acquired infections in Florida, presenting a serious challenge for medical facilities attempting to control it. It is life-threatening because it’s resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat normal staph infections.
Some surgical equipment is known to help spread MRSA. Because it’s feasible to have MRSA and not know it, a patient may also be a carrier of MRSA. It’s also possible to become infected with MRSA through close contact with an infected person who shows no symptoms. Your own symptoms may include:
The CDC estimates that 5% of patients in U.S. hospitals carry MRSA on their skin or in their noses.
MRSA requires additional medical treatment that can result in more medical bills and time away from your job, especially when hospitalization is required. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an MRSA infection and it was caused by the negligence of a medical facility or professional, it’s crucial to speak with a medical malpractice attorney to see if you have a viable claim. Call 772-287-1220 today.