Hold Negligent Parties Responsible after a Hospital Acquired Infection
According for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one out of every 25 patients who seek medical treatment will contract a hospital acquired infection (HAI) every day. Hospitals and other medical facilities are expected to maintain a certain level of care to protect the health of patients. When medical professionals fail to provide proper care, the effects can be devastating.
If you or a loved one contracted an infection during the course of treatment, our attorneys Owens Moss, PLLC in Jackson, MS, can help you pursue a hospital acquired infection lawsuit. Our team can investigate the circumstances of your case and help you collect the compensation you deserve. Contact our firm online or call (601) 352-8443 today.
Understanding Hospital Acquired Infections
Also known as healthcare-related infections, HAIs refer to any infection contracted while receiving treatment in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital, surgical center, or long-term care facility like a nursing home. Because many patients in hospitals have weakened immune systems, these infections can spread quickly and often have serious consequences.
A large percentage of HAIs occur due to preventable causes, such as:
- Improper safety practices
- Poor conditions
- Improper use of antibiotics
- Interaction with other patients
While patients with weakened immune systems are more likely to acquire an HAI, any patient is potentially at risk. An HAI can occur:
- Up to 48 hours after admittance to a healthcare facility
- Up to three days after being discharged
- Up to 30 days following a surgery
In some cases, something as simple as proper hand washing technique can mean the difference between a patient remaining healthy and contracting a serious disease. When you visit a hospital for treatment, you expect your health to improve. If the negligent actions of a healthcare professional resulted in the opposite result, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice suit.
Effects of an HAI
Acquiring an infection during medical treatment can cause significant health complications and greatly extend your time spent in the hospital. You may find yourself suddenly facing unexpected and potentially devastating medical bills. Even worse, HAIs often pose life-threatening risks to you or a loved one.
How Owens Moss Can Help
If you have sustained an injury due to the negligence of your healthcare provider, you need a medical malpractice attorney who can help you collect the compensation you need to rebuild your life. With three lawyers at the practice, our team has the resources and advanced understanding of hospital protocol to investigate and represent your case.
For over three decades, our firm has served residents of Mississippi in the personal injury and medical malpractice cases.
We have connections with respected professionals in the medical field who can analyze your case and determine if proper protocols were ignored in the course of your treatment. At Owens Moss, we strive to give our clients realistic assessments of their what they can recover and provide unique, personalized attention for each case we handle.
Schedule a Case Evaluation
For over three decades, our firm has represented residents of Mississippi in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. If you acquired an infection during your medical treatment, contact our firm online or call (601) 352-8443 to schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our team today.