Hospital-Acquired Infection and Disease Claims Lawyer
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1 in 31 patients in medical care facilities, like hospitals, obtain a secondary infection while receiving in-patient care. Hospital-acquired infections, or HAIs, are all too common and are completely preventable. When a hospital-acquired infection causes serious harm to a patient, the facility can be held liable for their negligence and may be required to compensate the injured patient or their family.
Hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities are a haven for infectious diseases. After all, these places are where people with such diseases go for treatment. However, controlling the spread of bacteria and other pathogens should be a top priority. Infections can be deadly at worst or uncomfortable at best. Sanitization and hygiene protocols are expected to be followed by medical professionals to prevent infections to patients in their care.
Types of HIAs
When a person is confined to a hospital, it can be assumed they are not in the best health. This makes them even more susceptible to infection. Sanitizing tools and equipment are essential as are hygienic procedures. If a hospital is understaffed and/or personnel is not properly trained, hospital-acquired infections can become rampant. Some of these include:
- Surgical-site infections
- Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections
- Central-line associated bloodstream infections
- Urinary tract infections from catheters
- Pneumonia caused from ventilators
- Clostridium difficile infections
- HIV, hepatitis and norovirus – and many other common pathogens
When a patient obtains an infection that was not present before they were admitted to the hospital, it could be an HIA. If this infection causes additional health issues and medical care, the hospital may be liable if it can be proven the HIA occurred due to medical error or negligence.
If you believe you or a loved one contracted an HIA due to medical malpractice, you may have a claim. It is important to seek damages to cover medical costs, lost income and pain/suffering caused by the hospital-acquired infection. Kevin Race and the team at Race Law Firm are experienced in handling medical malpractice cases, and we will fight for your rights. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation to discuss your claim.