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Learn More About Hospital-Acquired Infections
According to current data, 4% of all patients who received medical treatment in a hospital contracted a hospital-acquired infection (HAI), also sometimes called a healthcare-associated infection. Oftentimes, patients, hospitals, and legal professionals view HAIs as simply the cost of doing business in the medical field. However, at the Crosley Law Firm, we believe that these conditions are often preventable and that steps exist which can significantly mitigate the risk. In many instances, preventative measures could have been taken and should be taken in the future to ensure patients’ well-being prior to or following a procedure — including proper sterilization and/or appropriate precautions taken on the part of healthcare providers.
Please contact the Crosley Law Firm today at 210-LAW-3000 or fill out the form on this page for a free attorney consultation regarding your legal options if you or a loved one has contracted any of the following conditions as a result of a hospital stay:
- CRE (Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae): Gram-negative bacteria that are heavily resistant to antibiotics and are especially dangerous for patients with bloodstream infections.
- C. diff (Clostridium difficile): Inflammation of the large intestine in which dangerous bacteria replace normal gut flora, usually following antibiotic treatments. C. diff was responsible for nearly 30,000 deaths in 2011.
- VRE (Vancomycin-resistant enterococci): Bacterium that are resistant to the antibiotic Vancomycin. Symptoms include:
- Back pain
- Trouble Urinating
- Inflamed or sore skin surrounding a wound
- Leaking or drainage from a wound
- Multidrug-Resistant Acinetobacter: Acinetobacter are resistant to all existing classes of antibiotics and are capable of evolving to develop new modes of resistance, making this bacterium extremely difficult to treat and thus, extremely dangerous.
- MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus): Hospital patients with open wounds and/or compromised immune systems are especially susceptible, and the condition is highly contagious, especially in crowded spaces such as hospitals.
The Crosley Law Firm has significant experience with cases related to HAIs and has achieved successful recoveries for many of our past clients. We offer free consultations and our contingent fee structure ensures that you do not pay fees or expenses unless we achieve a recovery on your behalf.