Fort Myers Sepsis & Infections Attorney
Patients go to hospitals to get better. All too frequently, they get worse instead of better. Many patients develop serious infections at hospitals. As outlined below, the issue could be personal negligence, usually physician negligence, or a product that’s defective because of a manufacturing or design issue. Sepsis, perhaps the most dangerous hospital infection, is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency. Sepsis happens when a current infection starts a chain reaction which spreads throughout the body. Infections that lead to sepsis most often start in the lung, urinary tract, skin, or gastrointestinal tract. Without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.
The experienced Fort Myers sepsis and infections attorneys at Kohn Law routinely handle such matters in Lee County and nearby jurisdictions. Over the years, we have developed proven methods in these cases. In the past, these methods, which include hard work and dedication to the case, have produced results that exceeded our clients’ expectations. We’re confident that they’ll produce similar results in your case.
Poor instrument preparation, adverse reactions to medications, and poor post-procedure supervision usually cause or contribute to hospital infections.
Generally, the medical staff super-heats instruments to sterilize them. A few degrees short of the optimal temperature could cause doctors to implant dangerous bacteria in a patient’s body. Before procedures start, many medical teams don’t thoroughly review a patient’s medical history, so the team uses inappropriate medication. As for recovery infections, many times, the surgical team isn’t particularly diligent in this situation. Infections spread so rapidly that response time is limited. A short delay could make a big difference.
Doctors, who are responsible for the conduct of the medical team, have a very high duty of care. Therefore, it’s easier for a Fort Myers sepsis and infections attorney to establish negligence, or a lack of care. Failure to properly sanitize instruments and supervise patients clearly violate the standard of care.
Damages in a medical negligence case usually include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. If the defendant intentionally disregards a known risk, a finding that’s common in high duty of care claims, additional punitive damages are available.
Similar damages are available in defective product claims. Dangerous drugs are among the most common defective products in hospitals. Today’s drugs are quite powerful, so their side-effects are usually quite powerful as well. The specific issue could be:
- Design Defect: In the rush to bring new drugs to market, drug makers often take shortcuts during the planning process. As a result, the unintentional side-effects of a medicine could far outweigh its therapeutic value.
- Manufacturing Defect: Sometimes, these shortcuts happen during manufacturing, shipping, or storage. Temperature issues are a good example. If the drug isn’t stored at the proper temperature, it could lose potency or become dangerous to consume.
Failure to warn could be an independent cause of action. Frequently, drug makes and other medical product makers know about design or manufacturing issues. But they ignore the problem, so the product will continue selling.
Usually, dangerous drug and other defective product victims don’t have to prove negligence. Manufacturers are strictly liable for the injuries their defective products cause, at least in most cases.
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Injury victims are usually entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced sepsis and infections attorney in Fort Myers, contact Kohn Law. Attorneys can connect victims with doctors, even if they have no insurance or money.