Helping Victims Who Developed Sepsis Because of Medical Negligence
Kentucky counsel on blood infections
A patient who is septic needs immediate and aggressive treatments in order to overcome the infection, and a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis could cost that patient his or her life.
At Crandall & Pera Law, we know first-hand how catastrophic and untreated blood infection can be. Our team is made up of medical malpractice attorneys, registered nurses and a legal staff who have helped victims of medical negligence.
Misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses of sepsis are common
The symptoms of sepsis – fever, increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, and chills – can all be misdiagnosed as symptoms of the flu. For this reason, many people in the beginning stages of sepsis may ignore the symptoms until they are in a much more advanced stage. Sepsis most often occurs after a patient has undergone a treatment of some sort in a medical facility; if the procedure does not require an overnight stay, it is very common for patients to start feeling worse when they are at home, and attribute those symptoms to the aftereffects of the procedure. In some cases, a return trip to the hospital may be misdiagnosed by an emergency room doctor, or nurse, as the flu, and the patient may be sent home without the antibiotics he or she needs in order to recover from the infection.
It is a different scenario if a patient remains in a doctor’s care at the hospital for longer than a few hours. Since sepsis is one of the more common hospital acquired infections, it can be reasonably expected that your doctor would monitor you after a treatment or surgery as part of the normal standard of care. Failure to do so can lead to a delayed diagnosis, allowing the blood infection to get worse.
Sepsis may also be the effect of another untreated or misdiagnosed illness, such as those which weaken the immune system or a lung infection such as pneumonia. Sepsis is also common in patients with catheters and IVs, burn victims and trauma victims.
Counsel for victims of a delayed or misdiagnosed septic infection
A patient who is septic can become extremely ill very quickly. The attorneys of Crandall & Pera Law and our on-staff registered nurses understand exactly how critical timing can be in terms of a blood infection and the devastating effects of inadequate or delayed treatment. If you or your loved one was seriously injured or harmed because a negligent healthcare provider did not treat a septic infection, we want to help. Please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form to schedule a meeting with an attorney in Kentucky.