Plant City Sepsis & Infections Attorney
Sepsis is a medical emergency, and it can result from poorly managed or treated infections in nursing home patients. When a facility fails to rapidly identify signs of sepsis and to transport a patient to a hospital for emergency care, the nursing home can be responsible for the serious and fatal injuries that result. If you lost an elderly loved one due to sepsis in a nursing home, or if your older parent is currently hospitalized, you should seek advice from one of our Plant City sepsis and infection attorneys as soon as possible.
What is Sepsis in Plant City, Florida?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that sepsis is “the body’s extreme response to an infection,” and that it is always “a life-threatening medical emergency.” As the CDC clarifies, “sepsis happens when an infection you already have triggers a chain reaction throughout your body.” If a patient is not treated immediately for sepsis, the patient can develop tissue damage that ultimately leads to organ failure and death.
How Do Infections in Plant City Nursing Homes Lead to Sepsis?
Sepsis is one of the most common reasons for a nursing home patient to require transfer to a hospital. When a nursing home resident develops a serious infection, sepsis can result. An infection that ultimately results in sepsis can have many different causes, including but not limited to the following:
- Bed sores;
- Fall injury that results in a broken bone with an open wound;
- Physical nursing home abuse that results in cuts or other open wounds;
- Negligent post-surgical care; and
- Poor cleaning or disinfecting of facilities or medical devices at the nursing home.
Common infections that lead to sepsis include lower respiratory tract infections, lung infections, urinary tract infections (or UTIs), gastrointestinal infections, and skin infections.
Timeline for a Plant City Sepsis and Infection Claims
If someone you love developed sepsis or another serious infection at a nursing home in or around Plant City, it is critical to move forward with the claims process as quickly as you can. Under Florida law, plaintiffs typically have two years from the date of an incident to file a claim. The clock begins ticking on the date the nursing home’s actions—or inactions, in the case of sepsis or serious infection—gave rise to the injury and the claim. If you do not file a claim before that time window closes, you will not be able to seek financial compensation or to hold the facility accountable with a civil lawsuit.
Contact Our Plant City Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys Today
When an elderly loved one has been diagnosed with sepsis or a serious infection, it is critical to begin working with one of our Plant City nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys as soon as possible. Not only is it important to hold the nursing home accountable for the harm it has caused, but it is also essential to seek the financial compensation necessary to pay for hospital bills and follow-up care. In some cases, sepsis and severe infections result in death. Contact Kohn Law to have one of our dedicated elder neglect lawyers evaluate your case and discuss your options with you for moving forward with a claim.