Risks of sepsis in medical malpractice

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Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr.
August 4, 2023
Sepsis is a severe and potentially life-threatening infection caused by a wide variety of common bacteria. Since sepsis is so serious, it is important to know the sepsis symptoms and risk factors.

Sepsis symptoms

Symptoms of sepsis typically begin with the patient feeling mildly unwell and is sometimes accompanied by a fever, shivers and rapid breathing. These symptoms may worsen over time and cause the patient to become dizzy and confused. Sepsis is particularly common for patients with open wounds and after surgeries. Doctors can diagnose sepsis through blood, stool or wound swab tests.

Sepsis in medical malpractice

In medicine, there is a process known as the “Sepsis Six.” This includes six steps that doctors should take if they suspect that a patient has sepsis. This list includes administering oxygen, taking blood samples, administering antibiotics and IV fluids, measuring lactic acid in the blood and monitoring hourly urine output. If performed correctly, the “Sepsis Six” could save the patient’s life.
However, many doctors overlook the symptoms of sepsis as other less serious medical conditions, such as the flu. This negligence causes sepsis to spread throughout the patient’s body and exacerbate the symptoms. If the doctor does not identify and treat sepsis early enough, the patient may go into septic shock, experience organ failure or die.
Sepsis is a serious but extremely common infection that can impact every part of the body and quickly worsen. Even though doctors see sepsis as common, the symptoms are similar to many other conditions, causing many doctors to ignore the warning signs and leading to medical malpractice cases. If you or a loved one has suffered from sepsis due to medical negligence, a medical malpractice attorney may be able to help you obtain compensation and hold the responsible doctor accountable.

John A. Davis, Jr.


John A. Davis, Jr. and Steven R. Davis

August 4 2023

Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr. are experienced attorneys at Davis & Davis, a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases in Texas. With a deep commitment to justice that guides their ethical approach, Davis and Davis have dedicated their careers to helping victims of medical negligence. They and their team continue to advocate for clients, despite the challenges posed by Texas's cap on recoverable damages in malpractice lawsuits. Davis & Davis pride themselves on their extensive experience in the field and their readiness to meet clients across the United States.

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