When someone has a wound, they can contract an infection known as sepsis. It is a set of harmful toxins and bacteria’s that affect the individual’s bloodstream that causes inflammation all over the body. It is a condition that can even be life-threatening if not treated in time. Within the United States, there are more than 200,000 cases of sepsis every year. Usually, those with weaker immune systems will be more susceptible to contract this infection like children under 2 years of age and older people over the age of 65, but any population can be affected. It is a condition that can be acquired in different environments if the individual has an infection, but when it occurs in a medical setting, someone will be held liable for an infection that a patient acquired while under their care.
The infection can spread to a wound like a bed sore which is commonly found in patients who are bed ridden or nursing home residents. The way that the body reacts to this infection is overpowered which is far more dangerous than the infection itself. By trying to combat the infection, the body is making things worse by attacking it at full force. Sepsis medical malpractice Jacksonville lawyers have seen and encountered victims of wrongful contraction of sepsis while they were in a medical setting like a hospital. For this reason, the malpractice litigators have fought for the rights of these victims who were not cared for appropriately. This infection must be treated quickly if not, the patient can die.
Sepsis Is Common, Yet Mostly Derived from Medical Negligence
Sepsis is an infection that affects thousands around the United States, yet it is often caused because medical negligence was exercised by a healthcare professional. These are the following ways how medical negligence can cause sepsis to surface in a patient:
- Not checking the patient for pressure sores
- Not correctly diagnosing a patient who has sepsis
- Not being able to detect sepsis at all
- Not providing the correct form of treatment
- Not administering the treatment quickly
- Not taking symptoms into account
Some indicators that medical providers should watch out for in patients include confusion, a decrease in the urine frequency, diarrhea, and more.
Sepsis Figures and Facts
- 50% of people who experience severe sepsis will end up dying
- Sepsis will kill 15% of mild degree patients
- Sepsis will kill 4 in every 10 individuals who contract it
- 2,470,666 deaths derived because of sepsis between the years 1999 and 2014
- Individuals over the age of 85 were hospitalized for sepsis at a rate of 539.9 in 10,000 in 2008
Sepsis Is Severe, Get Legal Help Today
The degree of severity for sepsis ranges, but at any stage, it can be deadly. The most important thing to do is to receive immediate treatment for the condition because delaying the treatment will increase the likeness of a wrongful death. If a healthcare provider exercised medical negligence which caused the sepsis or caused it to increase in severity, Jacksonville Lawyers at Percy Martinez Law Firm for Sepsis Medical Malpractice are prepared to take on any defendant.