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What to Know About Surgical Infections and Medical Malpractice

What to Know About Surgical Infections and Medical Malpractice cardaro & peek

Surgeries are meant to treat patients and improve their health conditions. However, if a patient contracts a surgical infection, it can cause significant complications.

Surgeries are meant to treat patients and improve their health conditions. However, if a patient contracts a surgical infection, it can cause significant complications. Some patients’ body’s immune system responded poorly to the procedure and became susceptible to infection. However, some surgical infections are avoidable, and may have been caused by a surgical team’s negligence during or after the procedure. Read on to learn more about surgical infections, and call The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek to find out what legal options you can pursue. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers in Maryland and Washington, D.C. are here to help you. Call to schedule a FREE consultation to learn more about our law firm and how we can help you and your family recover compensation for your losses related to medical malpractice.

Types of Surgical Infections

Depending on the operation and any pre-existing conditions, a patient may be susceptible to different kinds of infections. Commonly, patients may experience urinary tract infections, MRSA, bloodstream infections, surgical hemorrhage, and necrotizing fasciitis (when soft tissue cells die rapidly). Signs they may indicate a surgical infection include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Redness, warmth, swelling, or pain around the surgical site
  • Increased heart rate
  • Abnormal white blood cell count
  • Wound drainages, such as blood or pus
  • Fatigue

How To Know When Medical Negligence Caused a Surgical Infection

Determining the cause of infection can be challenging to do alone. At Cardaro & Peek, our experienced team of attorneys and medical professionals will start by reviewing medical records and the facility’s policies for cleaning and sterilizing the equipment, operating room, and surgical site. From there, we can contact medical experts to determine whether the healthcare providers departed from the applicable standard of care, and whether their departure was the cause of the patient’s injuries.

In our experience, two of the main causes of preventable surgical infections are 1) errors made by the surgical team during and after the procedure and 2) unsafe/unsanitary environments. Before beginning the procedure, the surgical team must be aware of (and account for) any factors that may put a patient at a greater risk of infection. Typical risk factors include age (very young or very old), a weakened immune system, diabetes, obesity, and poor circulation. Examples of negligent post-operative care include failing to monitor the patient’s recovery, releasing them too soon, or not properly changing wound bandages/inspecting wounds for the early signs of infection. 

Surgery-related infections strain the patient’s body, mind, and finances. The patient can wake up in a worse state than before the operation and might need to stay longer for more treatment. If you or a loved one had a surgical infection due to medical misconduct, you should hire a skilled medical malpractice lawyer. An attorney will help you recover damages like infection treatment costs, lost pay, and mental distress. If a patient dies due to a surgical infection, their spouse, parent, or child may file a wrongful death claim against the hospital.

Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today

Do you believe that you or your loved one has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or medical neglect? You need to talk to an experienced team of local lawyers today.

The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.

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