We Handle Sepsis Cases Nationwide:
Sepsis, also known as septic shock, is a bacterial infection in the blood stream, usually caused by an infection. It’s a life-threatening disease if not treated properly. Elderly and other immuno-compromised people are at high-risk for sepsis as their immune systems are typically weakened.
Lawyers For Nursing Home & Hospital Sepsis Victims:
McIver Brown Law Firm handles cases in which people have either had the signs and symptoms of sepsis that went misdiagnosed at a nursing home or hospital, as well as cases in which a person developed septicemia or sepsis while in a hospital or nursing home.
Causes of Sepsis:
- Bed Sores: This particularly happens to nursing home residents the most. When a resident is left unattended for long periods of time without movement, they can develop bed sores. Bed sores can lead to serious wounds and infections which can then lead to sepsis.
- Intravenous Lines: Since intravenous lines come in direct contact with the blood stream, victims may end up developing sepsis if they are not properly cared for. For example, the insertion site in the skin requires regular cleaning and sanitizing. If this is neglected, the area can become infected, resulting in bacteria reaching the bloodstream.
- Wounds from Surgery: People who have undergone surgery need medicine, such as antibiotics, to heal properly. If medication isn’t taken regularly, wounds are slower to heal which could cause sepsis.
- Undiagnosed Infections: This happens most commonly in an emergency room setting, in which an individual goes to the hospital with symptoms of infection, or SIRS criteria that are not recognized. Ultimately leading to sepsis and septic shock.
- Low Blood Pressure: Older people who suffer from sepsis are usually the highest risk group for low blood pressure. However, most every victim of sepsis suffers from low blood pressure.
- Cognitive Problems: Memory loss and impairment have been linked to older adults who suffer some sepsis.
- Amputation: Undiagnosed sepsis, when finally recognized, can require the use of vasopressers in order to maintain the person’s blood pressure sufficient to keep them alive while the antibiotics kill the infection. Unfortunately, these drugs, while life-saving, can cause gangrene, which ultimately leads to the amputation of limbs.
- Gangrene: When sepsis goes undiagnosed by a hospital or doctor, the infection can begin to cause parts of the body, particularly the fingers, hands, toes and feet to die and become gangrenous.
- High fever
- Rapid breathing
- Kidney failure
Sepsis and Septic Shock Consequences:
According to research performed by Life Science, sepsis has devastating consequences, particularly for elderly individuals. Not only do victims experience medical consequences, but emotional consequences as well:
It’s important to remember that septic shock should be considered a medical emergency and should be treated immediately. Typically, physicians will give victims antibiotics to start out. The type of antibiotic will depend on the severity of the infection, but “broad-spectrum” antibiotics are almost always given at first, which combats all forms of bacteria. The antibiotics are administered intravenously so that the medication hits the bloodstream quickly.
Antibiotics, however, usually aren’t enough to combat the strong infections that sepsis brings. Fluids are greatly needed to battle sepsis, usually a saline-type fluid which contains minerals and sodium. Fluids are usually administered intravenously as well.
Other forms of treatment options include corticosteroids, incubation, renal replacement therapy, vasopressors, and catheters.
Hospital or Nursing Home Sepsis Lawsuits:
When hospital or nursing home staff members fail to properly care for residents, sepsis can occur. For example, a common way that victims develop is from bed sores. Bed sores may result from nursing home staff members failing to help residents move around. In addition, failing to provide medication, failing to properly bandage wounds, and failing to monitor health closely are among other various reasons that nursing homes may be liable if a resident develops septic shock.
Getting Legal Help For Your Sepsis Case:
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of undiagnosed or untreated sepsis, an experienced medical malpractice nursing home abuse attorney may be able to assist you. At McIver Brown law firm, our team of nursing home abuse and medical malpractice attorneys have helped numerous victims seek justice in their sepsis and septic shock lawsuits across the nation. Give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation at 1-877-624-8371.
TYPES OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
- Misdiagnosis, Failure to Diagnose, Delayed Diagnosis
- Surgical Errors
- Anesthetic errors
- Medication errors, Adverse Reactions, Drug Reactions
- Wrong Treatment
- Medical Procedure Errors, Hospital Errors
- Burns, Burn Therapy
- Birth Injury, Child Delivery
- Abuse, Neglect, Falls
- Failure to Monitor, Failure to Treat
- Other Treatment Below Standard of Care
"Medical malpractice often leaves
patients and their families with huge bills in addition to their suffering. The malpractice isn't the patient's fault, but without legal action, they end up paying the bills. Tragically, because people are unaware of time limitations on their case, they often wait until its too late to take legal action."
Charles Brown, Partner