Hospital Infections

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Many people enter hospitals with illnesses caused by bacteria and viruses. That's why hospitals are required to follow stringent procedures to prevent the spread of infection to other patients and staff members. When these procedures aren't followed, people can become seriously ill. The hospital injury attorneys at Cherundolo Law Firm, PLLC hold negligent parties responsible.

The danger of hospital-acquired infections is that the bacteria and viruses that cause them can mutate, making them resistant to antibiotics and other medication. Some infections seen in hospitals include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (or MRSA-a type of staph infection), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (a respiratory infection), Klebsiella pneumonia (infection that affects the urinary tract, bloodstream, and gut) and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (or VRE-an infection that often affects the intestines).

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Some of the ways hospital infections can spread include:

  • Unsterilized medical equipment
  • Improperly cleaned surgical instruments
  • Improper disposal of medical waste
  • Poor ventilation
  • Medical professionals who fail to wash their hands
  • Hospital rooms that aren't cleaned properly

People who are already in the hospital because of another illness or condition are more susceptible to infection. That's why carefully following infection control procedures is so important. When a medical professional or hospital worker is negligent, patients can become infected with a life-threatening illness.

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A hospital infection can have devastating physical effects. The infection can be aggressive, requiring swift and effective treatment. This takes a tremendous toll on a patient's health. It also has a significant financial impact, as treating the infection causes medical expenses to add up quickly. This often coincides with a loss of income, as the patient is unable to return to work.

Hospitals don't accept responsibility for the negligence that led to infection, and insurance companies are only interested in paying as little as possible. They both have lawyers who work to protect their interests. The Cherundolo Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated to protecting your interests.

Our legal team investigates what really happened and looks for evidence that standards of care and regulations were not followed. We build a strong case and are often able to work out a favorable settlement with the insurance company.

If you have suffered from the effects of a hospital-acquired infection, learn about your legal options. We offer a free consultation and can answer your question. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.