LEGAL HELP FOR VICTIMS OF HOSPITAL ASSOCIATED SEPSIS
OHIO MEDICAL PRACTICE ATTORNEYS OFFER SKILLED REPRESENTATION TO INDIVIDUALS WITH BLOOD INFECTIONS
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. Severe sepsis affects more than a million Americans each year, and up to half of them die from it.
Crandall & Pera Law’s Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Chagrin Falls and Chesterland teams of Ohio medical practice attorneys have first-hand experience helping victims of misdiagnosed or untreated blood infections and their families. Our clients have obtained millions of dollars in just and fair compensation for their injuries through jury verdicts and settlement negotiations. Let us help you, too.
HOW SEPSIS IS ACQUIRED, AND ITS SYMPTOMS
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 present in three stages, starting with sepsis and progressing through severe sepsis to septic shock. It is 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 101 F (38.3 C) or below 96.8 F (36 C)
- 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 which 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 to patient.
Plaintiffs in a sepsis wrongful death lawsuit must prove the following:
- A human being died
- The death was a result of the negligence of another
- Surviving family members who have suffered financial and emotional injury because of the wrongful death
COUNSEL FOR VICTIMS OF DELAYED OR MISDIAGNOSED SEPTIC INFECTION
Crandall & Pera Law’s team of medical malpractice attorneys and Registered Nurses understands how critical timing can be in blood infection cases, and how terrible the effects of negligent diagnosis and treatment can be to patients and their families. 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 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form to reserve a consultation with an experienced Ohio medical malpractice lawyer at one of our offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chesterland or Chagrin Falls.