How Do Infectious Diseases Occur From Medical Malpractice?

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After a major or minor surgery, your main focus is on recovery. However, when negligence causes you to develop infectious diseases after receiving care, you will require additional treatment. Not only can this complicate your condition, but it also raises your medical bills. If you were the victim of medical malpractice that led to an infection, you don’t have to endure the bills and emotional pain. You can sue the hospital and doctors responsible for the negligence with the help of a Houston, Texas postoperative complications lawyer.

What Infectious Diseases Are a Result of Malpractice?

In some instances, developing an infection after surgery is natural and is your body’s way of reacting to the operation. However, some illnesses are entirely avoidable, caused by a doctor’s error or unsanitary conditions in the healthcare facility.

Some of the most common infections that can occur include the following:

  • Surgical site infections
  • Bloodstream infections, such as SARS or hepatitis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Pneumonia

These infections can be caused by improperly placed or unsterile medical equipment like catheters or IVs.

Am I Eligible for Compensation?

If you’ve suffered from an avoidable infection as a result of malpractice on the part of the healthcare providers responsible for your care or the hospital’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation if you can prove that your body did not naturally develop the infection.

For example, if the nurse or doctor did not practice proper preparation of the surgical site, such as sterilizing the skin and removing hair, you may develop a surgical site infection.

You can sue the healthcare providers responsible for the infection, as well as the facility where the surgery and care occurred. However, you only have two years from the date of the surgery to file a claim, so you shouldn’t wait until it’s too late to receive justice.

Do I Need an Attorney?

Going up against hospitals can be intimidating, as they have aggressive lawyers who will look to settle your case for as little money as possible. Ensuring you enlist the help of an assertive attorney to stand up against the hospital and healthcare provider’s legal team is crucial to receiving the justice you deserve.

An experienced attorney can examine your medical records and look for signs that malpractice occurred. For example, if your wound was supposed to be cleaned and rebandaged two times a day, but it was only cleaned once one day, they can prove there was malpractice as the provider did not follow the necessary precautions. They will also interview other parties in the room to get to the bottom of the treatment you received following your surgery.

At Davis & Davis, we’re not afraid to fight to get you the justice you deserve if you’ve suffered postoperative infections at the hands of healthcare centers and their providers. Reach out today to discuss your case.