Most of us expect hospitals to be clean, sterile, and safe places. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you or someone close to you has been a victim of an infection following a surgery or other medical care, you need to reach out to a skilled Baltimore medical malpractice attorney who can assess the facts of your case. At the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, we understand how to navigate these complicated claims and pursue the compensation that you deserve for your harm. You can rest assured that we will diligently protect your rights at every step of the way.Infections Often Cause Serious Harm to Patients
Hospital-acquired infections (HAI) are a common problem across the United States. A hospital-acquired infection is defined as an infection that occurs in a hospital patient and is not associated with the patient’s admitted diagnosis or health issue. In fact, at any given time, one in every 25 inpatients in a facility in the U.S. has an infection related to hospital care, according to the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that in 2011 alone, approximately 722,000 cases of hospital-acquired infections were present in the United States, leading to over 75,000 deaths.
Hospital infections typically arise after a surgery has been performed in the hospital. A post-surgical infection, also known as a surgical site infection (SSI), refers an infection that develops after surgery in the part of the body where the surgery was performed. The CDC has found that there were an estimated 157,500 SSIs associated with inpatient surgeries in 2011.
Hospitals that do not follow proper protocols can be breeding grounds for deadly infections. While some infections arise despite the utmost competence of a medical professional, in other cases, infections are due to medical malpractice. Some examples of conduct that could give rise to a malpractice claim include:
- Failure to detect and diagnose an infection;
- Surgery errors;
- Performing a procedure with dirty or unsterilized tools;
- Performing a procedure in an unsterile environment;
- Overuse or misuse of antibiotics;
- Insufficient post-operative care; or
- Failure to properly treat an infection.
If you have been harmed by an infection, you may be able to seek compensation through a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional’s conduct leads to an infection because they failed to adhere to the standard of care that another medical professional in the same specialty would have met when treating the same patient. To establish a medical malpractice claim due to harm caused by an infection, the plaintiff and their lawyer must prove that the medical professional owed the patient a duty of care, the medical professional breached the duty of care owed to the patient, and the medical professional’s breach was a direct cause of the patient’s infection and resulting harm.
Determining liability in infection cases can be challenging, since it requires an investigation into the specific circumstances of how the infection was acquired. This usually involves a meticulous examination of the medical records, as well as other evidence, to figure out whether the infection could have been prevented. It is important to note that there may be multiple liable parties in a given case. You can rest assured that we will diligently look through your case and identify each potential defendant.Contact an Aggressive Malpractice Attorney in Baltimore
Complicated infections can be life-changing and, in some cases, fatal. If you have suffered from an infection due to malpractice, you need to contact a medical malpractice lawyer who can analyze the facts of your case. At the Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, we are dedicated to getting patients the compensation to which they are entitled for their harm. We represent people from Baltimore, Pikesville, Catonsville, Towson, Woodlawn, Dundalk, Essex, Randallstown, Arbutus, Reisterstown, Laurel, and Silver Springs, as well as other areas of Baltimore, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel Counties. To speak to us in more detail, call us at 800-810-6780 or contact us online for a free consultation. We also can handle malpractice cases arising from emergency room errors or negligence in other medical settings.