Help for Patients with Hospital Acquired and Misdiagnosed Infections
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An infection, if caught early, can usually be treated with antibiotics. In some cases, however, an undiagnosed infection can lead to devastating consequences, including heart attacks, amputations, paralysis and even death. Crandall & Pera Law understands exactly how serious an undiagnosed or misdiagnosed infection can be, and how the effects can ripple throughout an entire family. We have experience helping victims whose health and families suffered needlessly because of a negligent medical professional.
Hospital acquired infections pose a serious threat
A patient who enters a hospital for any reason is at an increased risk of developing a hospital acquired infection, or HAI. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 1 in 25 patients is at risk of an HAI. The most common infections include:
- Clostridium difficile, also known as C. diff, which affects the intestines
- Urinary tract infections
- Bloodstream infections, known as sepsis
- Surgical site infections
Bladder and kidney infections are also common, depending on the type of procedure performed. Medical personnel who insert a catheter incorrectly, or fail to monitor a patient after a surgery, may be guilty of medical negligence. At Crandall & Pera Law, we investigate claims like these to determine whether negligence played a part in our client developing an HAI. If we see evidence to that fact, we put our litigation skills to use in court on behalf of our clients.
The effects of an undiagnosed infection
Leaving an infection untreated not only exacerbates the infection, but increases the risk of the patient developing another secondary condition. For example, an untreated C. diff. infection, which normally presents with gastrointestinal distress, can actually lead to a hole in the intestines – a much more serious consequence. An undiagnosed kidney infection could lead to renal failure, necessitating dialysis and potentially a transplant. A delay in treatment for a routine strep infection can develop into necrotizing fasciitis, also known as the “flesh eating bacteria,” in some worst-case scenarios: the results often necessitate amputations, and could lead to total organ failure if not caught quickly.
A misdiagnosed or undiagnosed infection requires additional medication, and may increase the amount of time you spend in a hospital. It will add to the time you lose at work and the cost of your medical treatment. At worst, however, it could lead to the loss of your vision, the amputation of one of your body parts or even wrongful death. In every scenario, you want an attorney who understands the stresses you face, and knows how important it is that you can help your family. Crandall & Pera Law understands.
Trust in us to protect your interests in a lawsuit over your misdiagnosed infection
Crandall & Pera Law will work for you in the highest ethical manner. We offer you compassionate and practical counsel regarding your delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosed infection case. Please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form to reserve a free consultation at one of our Lexington or Louisville law offices in Kentucky.