Bradenton Sepsis & Infections Attorney
You may be familiar with the term “sepsis” and know that it is a type of infection, but you may not fully appreciate the extreme nature of this medical condition. According to the Sepsis Alliance, around 270,000 individuals die every year in the US because of sepsis-related ailments and septic shock. Sepsis is the top cause of death in hospitals and a common illness that spreads in assisted living facilities. Therefore, you are right to be concerned if you know someone at a Florida nursing home who suffered harm because of sepsis.
Fortunately, residents do have legal remedies after contracting sepsis due to carelessness and nursing home neglect. Family members are often in the position to act on behalf of a loved one, and our team at Kohn Law is prepared to assist with the process. Please contact us to schedule a free case evaluation with a Bradenton sepsis and infections attorney right away. You might also benefit from reviewing some important information about the legal concepts.
Sepsis and Infections Indicate Nursing Home Negligence
In short, sepsis is a medical emergency, being the human body’s toxic response to infection. When a contaminant enters the bloodstream, it triggers a chemical reaction that causes the body to fight. Unfortunately, other organs and bodily systems can be drawn into the fray, leading to inflammation. During the three main stages of sepsis, the individual may experience extreme body temperatures, difficult and rapid breathing, pain, and – eventually – septic shock. An elderly person or someone with a compromised immune system may not recover from a rapid drop in blood pressure.
Sepsis only occurs in the presence of infection, which can stem from any part of the body. However, Sepsis Alliance indicates that the most common cause of sepsis is bacterial infection, often from unsanitary conditions. In the nursing home setting, infections may be linked to:
- Neglect in sanitizing common areas and resident rooms;
- Failure to wash hands regularly and in between handling patients;
- Not using gloves, gowns, and/or masks when necessary; and
- Improper insertion or monitoring of urinary catheters.
Liability for Sepsis and Related Injuries
When nursing homes breach their legal obligation to care for residents, they can be held accountable for the injuries that result – including sepsis, septic shock, or death. You can also pursue a negligent assisted living facility for associated complications, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional effects, chronic pain, and organ dysfunction.
Our Bradenton sepsis and infections lawyers at Kohn Law will fight to ensure your loved one gets proper compensation for these losses. You may be entitled to recover for:
- Medical expenses;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional anguish; and
- Many other losses.
Get Legal Help from a Bradenton Sepsis and Infections Attorney
While this overview of Florida nursing home neglect laws may be helpful, you put your loved one’s interests at risk if you try to handle the legal process alone. To learn how our team can help, please contact Kohn Law to set up a no-cost consultation with a Bradenton sepsis and infections lawyer.