Most of us don’t go to the hospital until we absolutely need to. Hospitals treat seriously sick people. They also provide a sterile environment for surgery. But, hospitals are full of germs and harmful bacteria. This article takes a look at hospital infection cases.
What Is An Infection?
An infection is the introduction of disease-causing agents in the body. The agents multiply. When this happens, the body reacts, trying to fight the disease agents. What are the symptoms of an infection?
Signs Of Infection
After an injury or surgery, it is important to watch for signs of infection. Any of the following signs are common to infections. Contact your doctor or seek medical help immediately if you have any of these symptoms:
- Fluid drainage – cloudy, green and/or foul-smelling fluid
- Increasing or continual pain
- Redness and swelling
Sometimes Infection Is Probable
For some treatments and procedures, doctors warn patients about the possibility of infection. Additionally, some doctors are proactive and prescribe medicine to fight off infection. It’s true, some procedures have a high occurrence of infection. Thus, not every infection is grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Hospital Infection Caused By Neglect
In some situations, outbreaks of infection spread across a hospital. Hospitals that fail to sterilize equipment and sanitize surfaces put patients at risk.
Hospital Infection In The News
Eight babies were sick with bacterial infections in the same Pennsylvania hospital. Subsequently, three infants died from the infection.
An investigation found the infections came from contaminated breast milk. But, the process to weigh and prepare donated breast milk caused the contamination. As a result, three babies died.
When To Call A Hospital Infection Lawyer
If you have any questions about any type of injury, talk to a lawyer for advice. Not every infection is a valid case, but it is always better to ask someone with experience. We always provide free consultations. It’s risk-free and helps give you peace of mind.
In situations where negligence causes a hospital infection, talk to a lawyer. Cases involving several people with the same infection points to hospital negligence. Talk to a lawyer to protect your rights to recover money for your injury.
Lancaster Hospital Infection Lawyer
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