Hospital patients are vulnerable. Some have weakened immune systems, while others are recovering from major surgery. In either case, hospital staff has the duty to follow proper sanitation procedures to avoid the spread of germs or viruses. If they are negligent in this duty and a patient is harmed, they may be liable for damages.
At Warner Law Offices, we represent individuals and families throughout the state who have been harmed by such medical negligence. Our attorneys are here to help you pursue justice and fair compensation for your injuries. We know how to hold medical providers accountable for infections caused by:
- Failing to wash hands
- Failing to properly disinfect sinks, basins, etc.
- Using dirty surgical instruments
- Failing to double-glove during surgery
- Improperly cleaning spilled blood or body fluids
- Failing to properly dispose of needles, scalpels, etc.
The “superbug” known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a lurking threat in countless hospitals. A government study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 85 percent of invasive MRSA infections were contracted at hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities. Some mortality estimates indicate that MRSA kills more individuals on an annual basis than HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, emphysema or homicide.
Another infection on the rise in hospitals is Clostridium difficile or C-diff, which can result in serious intestinal illnesses. While MRSA can usually be eliminated with alcohol-based hand sanitizer, C-diff cannot. It is also resistant to many antibiotics.
Other common hospital infections include bloodstream infections (such as hepatitis, HIV and tuberculosis), pneumonia associated with ventilators, urinary tract infections involving catheters and surgical site infections.