Hospitals are breeding grounds for germs that can cause illness, lasting injury or death if proper procedures to avoid hospital-acquired infections are not followed. Unfortunately, these germs are often spread due to medical negligence. The medical professionals and hospital staff responsible for causing infections should be held accountable for the harm they cause.
If you or a loved one has suffered hospital infection, contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., today to learn about your legal options. Call us toll free or contact us online today. Our Chicago hospital infection lawyers can provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation. We serve medical negligence victims throughout Chicago, Waukegan, Cook County, Lake County and across Illinois.
Hospital patients are often very sick and cannot fight off germs, and the types of germs that cause hospital-acquired infections are often more dangerous than those encountered in the community, says the PubMed Health website.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, for instance, is a bacterium that causes infections. This can cause mild skin infections or more serious infections that get into surgical wounds, the lungs, bloodstream or urinary tract.
Resources for the Future estimates that 1 in 20 patients admitted to a hospital for routine surgery or other treatments contracts a serious infection that they did not have when they were admitted to the hospital. The Washington, D.C., think tank conservatively estimates that 48,000 deaths are caused each year by hospital infections.
Unfortunately, these infections often result from negligence. Common causes include:
Failing to order tests and failing to recognize and follow up after tests that indicate abnormalities are also leading causes of deaths due to hospital infections.
Regretfully, a Resources for the Future report found that hospitals have little financial incentive to control infections.
A Chicago hospital infection attorney with experience in medical malpractice claims, such as those at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., in Chicago, can evaluate the circumstances of your injury or your loved one’s injury or death following a hospital-acquired infection. Our attorneys work with accredited medical experts to determine whether healthcare standards were met. We can advise you of your legal options.
Keep in mind: There are strict deadlines for filing medical malpractice lawsuits. So, please don’t delay in taking action to protect your rights. We represent hospital infection victims throughout Chicago, Waukegan, Cook County, Lake County and across Illinois. Call us today toll free or fill out our online form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation about your case.