Legal Help For Victims Of Hospital-Associated Sepsis
Sepsis is a serious medical condition caused by an overwhelming immune response to infection. Chemicals released into the bloodstream by the body to fight infection trigger widespread inflammation that may result in organ damage. Blood clotting may occur during sepsis, reducing blood flow to limbs and internal organs and depriving them of nutrients and oxygen. In severe cases, one or more organs may fail.
In the worst cases, infection leads to a life-threatening drop in blood pressure called septic shock. This can quickly lead to the failure of the lungs, kidneys and liver, causing death. A patient who is septic needs immediate and aggressive treatment to overcome the infection. Delayed or incorrect diagnosis can be fatal.
Crandall & Pera Law’s team of attorneys and registered nurses has brings decades of combined experience helping those affected by misdiagnosis or delayed treatment and their families. We have obtained millions of dollars through jury verdicts and settlement negotiations that give our injured clients financial security. Let us help you, too.
What Are The Symptoms Of Sepsis?
The majority of sepsis cases are due to bacteria infecting surgical sites or implanted devices such as ventilators and urinary or intravenous catheters, almost always because of poor sterile technique.
The symptoms of septic infection manifest in three stages, starting with sepsis and progressing through severe sepsis to septic shock. Sepsis can be easily diagnosed and treated during its first stage, before it becomes life-threatening. To be diagnosed with sepsis, a patient must exhibit at least two of these symptoms:
- Body temperature above 101F (38.3C) or below 96.8F (36C)
- Heart rate higher than 90 beats a minute
- Respiratory rate higher than 20 breaths a minute
- Probable or confirmed infection
In severe sepsis, presenting any symptom such as significantly decreased urine output, abrupt changes in mental status, decreased platelet count, breathing difficulty, abnormal heart function or abdominal pain indicates that an organ may be failing.
In septic shock, the patient presents all the signs and symptoms of severe sepsis — plus extremely low blood pressure that doesn’t respond to simple fluid replacement.
Sepsis may be misdiagnosed as the flu when a patient’s medical history is incomplete and fails to disclose a recent hospital stay or surgical procedure.
Sepsis Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Sepsis is an extreme bodily response that occurs when an infection enters the bloodstream. When diagnosed and treated quickly, the prognosis is good. If diagnosis and treatment are delayed, sepsis can quickly lead to death.
After a death from sepsis, surviving loved ones may file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of the date of death when medical negligence caused the misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or failure to treat the patient.
Delay In Treatment Or Misdiagnosis?
If you or a family member has suffered because of a health care provider’s negligence in dealing with a blood infection, we want to help. Please call 855-444-6651 or fill out our contact form to set up time to speak with one of our experienced attorneys.