Infections resulting from treatment
Attorneys In Jacksonville Represent Clients Injured By Infections Resulting From Treatment
Holding The Medical And Pharmaceutical Establishments Liable For Damages
Most of us are familiar with the adage “The cure is worse than the disease.” When that adage rings true, when the course of treatment your doctor prescribed or your stay in a hospital led to a serious infection, requiring additional and ongoing treatment, you need more than conventional wisdom—you need to seek experienced legal help that will hold the negligent party or parties accountable.
At Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A., our medical malpractice attorneys have more than 80 years of combined experience and a record of proven success in obtaining damages for Floridians who’ve suffered infections resulting from the medical treatment that was supposed to heal them. Hospital-associated infections, or HAIs, put tens of thousands of patients at risk every year. If a hospital or an extended-care institution stay has led to your infection, you do have the right to hold the negligent party or parties accountable and seek damages for your injury. We are ready and able to help.
Battling Infection And Insurers
Many medical malpractice attorneys have met their match when trying to hold hospitals and medical personnel accountable for the infections patients acquire while in their care. That’s because it’s difficult to prove that negligence caused an HAI such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA; other staph infections; or septicemia, in which bacteria travels through the bloodstream, affecting the entire body. But we’ve had success by first endeavoring to show that such infections were not only caused by the hospital in question but also because of physicians’ delays in diagnosing and treating them.
The ways in which hospitalized patients and those in long-term care facilities acquire serious and sometimes deadly infections include:
- Invasive procedures such as surgery
- Lack of standard infection control by medical personnel (even through something as simple as nurses, doctors, and other medical staff not washing their hands after treating each patient)
- Commonly used medical equipment such as IV medicines and tubing, catheters, ventilators, and needles
In a 2011 survey based on a large sample of U.S. acute-care hospitals, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it was found that on any given day, about 1 in 25 hospital patients suffered at least one healthcare-associated infection. The study also found that nearly 75,000 patients with HAIs died that year. These are chilling statistics that strengthen our efforts on behalf of our clients. You have a right to expect your hospital or nursing home stay not to add to your ills. When that happens, we’ll fight for your right to compensation, whether we achieve that through settlement or at trial.
Contact Us For Help With Your Medical Malpractice Claim
At Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A., our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys have the skills, access to medical experts and experience to handle even the most complex medical malpractice cases, including those stemming from infections resulting from treatment. Contact us online or call our office today at (904) 353-5800 for a free consultation with one of our medical malpractice attorneys. There are no fees unless we succeed.*
- In some cases, clients will be asked to pay the costs associated with providing services. These costs, which will be fully explained, never include fees for a lawyer’s time.
Medical malpractice takes various forms. The following represent some of the more common types of medical malpractice: