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Hospital Infections

Maine medical malpractice attorneys helping victims file hospital infection lawsuits in Portland, Bangor, and Lewiston.

Hospital-acquired infections are a common and often deadly medical problem. Many of these Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) are caused by the negligence of health care professionals. When infections are not properly managed and treated, patients are within their rights to contact a personal injury law firm like Hardy, Wolf & Downing for evaluation of a medical malpractice lawsuit.

What are Healthcare-Associated Infections?

Medical Malpractice Attorney Maine - Hospital Infection LawsuitsHealthcare-associated infections are infections caught before, during, and after the administration of medical care. Health care facilities are responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of patients harmed by HAIs, and early intervention can greatly decrease the impact medical facility infections can have.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks healthcare associated infections as the 5th leading cause of death in the United States.

At least 10%, or 2 million patients a year become ill from HAIs, killing over 100,000 a year.

Close to 1 in 10 patients get an infection while hospitalized.

The most frequent types of hospital acquired infections are:

  • Urinary tract infection (36%)
  • Surgical site infection (20%)
  • Bloodstream infection (Sepsis) (11%)
  • Pneumonia (11%)

Why healthcare providers fail to diagnose and treat infections

The Maine medical malpractice lawyers of Hardy, Wolf & Downing have handled numerous personal injury cases involving medical care providers’ failure to:

  • Identify the seriousness of an existing infection
  • Thoroughly review infection symptoms
  • Take samples of infected areas
  • Match appropriate antibiotics to an infection
  • Note personal medical care histories with treatment plans e.g., failure to note resistance to antibiotics
  • Ensure that an infection has resolved completely

For example, our law firm won a case for over $600,000 for a client who acquired a hospital infection during back surgery when the infectious disease specialist failed to properly order an extended course of IV antibiotics.

Consequences of healthcare associated infections

It can be difficult to tell if your infection was the result of expected risks associated with your care or if it was the result of negligence from the lack of proper care. Experienced Portland ME personal injury attorneys like Hardy, Wolf & Downing know the difference and can help determine if you have a medical malpractice case.

Here are some examples of consequences of HAIs:

  • Increased financial costs to the patient
  • Longer period of hospitalization
  • Pain and suffering
  • Increased likelihood of more procedures to treat the complication
  • Death

Let our 40 years of experience work for you

Acquisition of infections is part of the known risk in agreeing to medical treatment and hospital stays, but it is the negligent management of a known or preventable infection that can result in medical malpractice.

The Maine medical malpractice attorneys at Hardy, Wolf & Downing take hospital infection lawsuits seriously and have a 40-year track record of success to prove it.

Let us take our experience and knowledge and make it work for you. Call 1-800-INJURED today for a free case evaluation.

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI), http://www.cdc.gov/hai/
  2. Medscape, Hospital Acquired Infections, http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/967022-overview