Sepsis is a very serious condition. It happens when an infection in your body hits the bloodstream and becomes systemic. Your body goes to extreme lengths to try to combat the infection and you can die if you don’t seek emergency medical treatment right away.
Sepsis usually occurs after one of two events:
- Contracting an infection from a surgical procedure
- Contracting some other kind of infection (E. coli, pneumonia, UTI, etc.) especially while having a weakened immune system
In both of these situations, medical professionals in Atlanta have been found guilty of medical malpractice or neglect. Physicians and other care providers either didn’t take seriously their patients’ complaints of discomfort or they failed to consider the possibility of sepsis as a diagnosis.
With sepsis being such a life-threatening condition, you absolutely must discuss the possibility with your doctor if you aren’t feeling well and suspect sepsis. Any doctor who refuses to address your concerns and run the necessary tests could be guilty of medical malpractice.
Time is of the essence once a sepsis diagnosis is even suspected. The sooner you get treatment, the better your chances of survival and recovery.
Prepare yourself by recognizing the signs of sepsis. It could save your life or that of a loved one. The typical signs of sepsis include:
- Severe pain, especially in the abdominal area
- Cold sweat
- Fast heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Confusion or disorientation
What if you think that an episode of sepsis in your medical history should have been handled differently by your doctor? You might have an Atlanta medical malpractice case on your hands.
Find out more about medical malpractice lawsuits by contacting Race Law Firm.
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