Hospital-Acquired Infections And Failure To Diagnose Infections

Serious Infections And Complications Can Constitute Medical Malpractice

The human immune system can ward off most bugs. But some infections are fast-spreading and resistant to antibiotics, leading to life-threatening illness, permanent damage or premature death.

Medical providers can be liable when they fail to identify serious infections in a timely manner or introduce infections through substandard medical practices. The New Jersey attorneys of Ginsberg & O'Connor have held doctors and hospitals accountable for medical malpractice relating to infections.

Infected At The Osteo Relief Institute?
Earlier this year, dozens of patients of the Osteo Relief Institute contracted severe staph and strep infections from injections for knee pain. The New Jersey Department of Health cited the Wall Township clinic for non-sterile procedures. It's also possible the syringes or medications were tainted. Our legal team is tracing the cause of the outbreak to hold the medical facility and/or suppliers accountable. Reach out to us today if you or a family member were treated at Osteo Relief and suffered a bad reaction or chronic infection.

Acquired Infections · Failure To Diagnose · Treatment Of Infections

There are a number of scenarios involving infections in which medical providers could be liable:

  • Emergency room errors — Failure to diagnose sepsis, meningitis or other life-threatening bacterial or viral infections may be malpractice. Did the doctor order the proper tests and follow up? Did they reach the wrong diagnosis and give inappropriate treatment? Did they send a patient home who should have been immediately hospitalized?
  • Hospital-acquired infections — MRSA ( methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) and other staph/strep infections can be transmitted to patients from unsanitary practices related to surgery, IVs, injections, catheters and other treatments in hospitals or outpatient clinics.
  • Bed sores — Bedridden patients in long-term hospital stays or nursing home care are prone to pressure ulcers, skin sores which can fester and worsen without vigilant nursing care and prompt medical intervention.
  • Conservative treatment — Failure to identify and aggressively treat a staph infection or other severe infection can allow the infection to spread, resulting in organ failure or death.

An advanced or aggressive infection, especially those resistant to traditional penicillins, may require surgery or other intensive measures to administer more potent antibiotics directly to the site. Chronic or recurring infections often require multiple treatments and extended hospitalization, which take a tremendous toll. We hold doctors and hospitals accountable for medical bills and ongoing care, lost wages, permanent injury, and pain and suffering.

Find Out If You Have A Case

We have recovered compensation for medical malpractice victims throughout New Jersey, including cases involving infectious disease and complications. Our lawyers provide a free consultation to review the merits of your case and discuss your legal remedies. Call our Mt. Laurel law office at 800-598-3944 or fill out our online form to tell us a few details.