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Crosley Law Fights for Hospital Infection Victims in San Antonio and Throughout Texas
Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) harm roughly one in 25 hospital patients. And a 2009 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study estimates that hospital infections directly cause $25 to $48 billion in medical expenses each year.
If you or a loved one suffered an unexpected infection at a hospital, Crosley Law might be able to help.
The experienced injury lawyers at Crosley Law help victims recover from the physical, emotional, and financial impact of hospital-acquired infections. Our goal is to identify the root cause of the outbreak, demand justice, and prevent additional harm to other patients. For a free, no-risk evaluation of your hospital infection claim, contact us online or at 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000.
Below, we have more information that may help if you or someone you love has been hurt by a hospital-acquired infection.
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What Are Hospital-Acquired Infections?
While hospitals offer life-saving treatment, they also harbor the potential for acquired infections. Even under the best circumstances, they house numerous strains of bacteria, fungus, and viruses. If the hospital fails to properly maintain its facilities and equipment or ignores the signs of a hospital-based infection, the results can be deadly.
Common types of hospital infections include bloodstream infections, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections. The dangerous bacteria and pathogens listed below are frequently associated with hospitals.
- CRE (Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae)
These bacteria, including certain types of E. coli, are heavily resistant to antibiotics and are especially dangerous for patients with bloodstream infections. According to some studies, roughly 50% of patients with CRE die from complications.
- C. diff (Clostridium difficile)
An increasingly common form of hospital infection, C. diff causes inflammation of the large intestine, severe diarrhea, dehydration, kidney failure, bowel perforation, and other life-threatening symptoms. It is spread when people don’t sufficiently wash their hands or clean hospital surfaces. C. diff is responsible for nearly 30,000 deaths every year.
- VRE (Vancomycin-resistant enterococci)
These bacteria are resistant to the antibiotic Vancomycin. Like C. diff and CRE, VRE is spread when infected people do not wash their hands or when hospital surfaces aren’t properly disinfected.
- Multidrug-Resistant Acinetobacter
Acinetobacter are resistant to all existing classes of antibiotics and are capable of evolving to develop new modes of resistance, making these bacteria difficult to treat and extremely dangerous. While they pose very little risk to healthy individuals, an outbreak of Acinetobacter in an ICU or long-term care facility can be life-threatening—especially to people with suppressed immune systems who have open wounds or who use catheters or ventilators.
- MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
MRSA infections typically involve a red, painful skin infection. However, it can also burrow deep into the body, damaging your organs and tissues. Hospital patients with open wounds or compromised immune systems are especially susceptible, and the condition is highly contagious.
According to the most recent CDC data, the frequency of hospital infections is decreasing in Texas overall. However, there was a significant increase in C. diff infections. Hospital-acquired infections are particularly dangerous for very young or old patients as well as patients with suppressed immune systems.
What Should You Do After a Hospital Infection?
Many times, patients, hospitals, and legal professionals view hospital infections as a “normal” risk involved with medical treatment. However, at Crosley Law, we believe that these conditions are often preventable with proper cleaning methods and careful patient care.
If you or a loved one suffered a hospital infection, you should immediately consult with an experienced injury lawyer at Crosley Law. We fight for hospital accountability when infections occur. And our goals are to prevent future outbreaks and help our clients recover.
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At Crosley Law, we carefully evaluate and investigate hospital infection claims. Depending on your unique circumstances, this will involve:
- Reviewing your medical records and pathology reports to understand the exact pathogen involved in your claim
- Consulting with medical experts who can help identify the source of the infection and whether it was preventable by improved sterilization, patient monitoring, or following appropriate procedures
- Calculating your damages, including the cost of your medical care and rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and lost income
- Identifying all of the insurance policies involved in your claims
We understand that a serious hospital infection can make everything feel uncertain. We work closely with our clients to help them understand their rights and regain control after an injury.
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Experienced Hospital Infection Lawyers
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a hospital-acquired infection, schedule a free, no-risk consultation with an experienced injury lawyer at Crosley Law. Our team prides itself on attention to detail, client-focused services, and aggressive advocacy. To learn more about our approach to hospital infection claims, contact us online or at 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016). National and state healthcare associated infections: Progress report. CDC. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/HAI/pdfs/progress-report/hai-progress-report.pdf
Custodio, H. (2016, December 8). Hospital-acquired infections. Medscape. Retrieved from https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/967022-overview#a8
The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.