Failure to Detect and Treat Infections Lawsuit Lawyer
It is not only medical errors during treatment that can lead to serious injuries, health issues and even death. Failure to diagnose health problems are a major concern. Infections in the body may cause serious harm. When a doctor fails to diagnose an infection in their patient or prescribe the needed treatment, it can be a case of medical malpractice, and they may be liable for damages.
Infections occur for many reasons and result in a wide variety of symptoms. While most people may not recognize the signs of an internal infection as they would on an external wound, physicians are expected to recognize these signs. If the infection progresses, it can enter the bloodstream and cause sepsis, a deadly form of infection. Some of the symptoms of sepsis or serious infections include:
- Unusual joint pain and stiffness
- Confusion and disorientation
- Skin rashes or discolorations
- Reduced urination
Most serious infections or sepsis can start from an external wound that allows bacteria and infection to enter the bloodstream. Surgical sites, lacerations, burns and other wounds need to be treated to avoid infection.
Treating Dangerous Infections
When a serious infection is not diagnosed by a physician or the right treatment is not performed, the patient can be at risk of septic shock, organ damage and even death. The tragedy is that most infections can be effectively treated with the right course of antibiotics, especially when detected in the early stages. Failure to notice or treat infections by a physician is unacceptable, especially due to the dire consequences that can occur.
If you or a loved one have suffered health problems due to an infection that was not detected, diagnosed or treated properly by a medical professional, you may be eligible to seek compensation. At Race Law Firm, as we have extensive experience in medical malpractice law and can help you determine whether you have a legitimate claim. Contact our office in Atlanta to schedule an appointment with our legal team.