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If a hospital denies responsibility for an HAI, keep all records and contact an experienced attorney who can examine the circumstances in which you acquired the infection and assess the likelihood of filing a successful claim against the hospital and its staff.
It is very unlikely that a hospital will accept liability after a patient makes a claim or reports an injury from an infection contracted in its facilities. However, when a patient gets an HAI, it’s the hospital that should be held responsible for failing to maintain high standards of cleanliness.
If a hospital does deny responsibility, the first step you should take is to contact a law firm that is experienced in medical malpractice cases. The Law Offices Of Sean M. Cleary in Miami has years of experience in dealing with claims of hospital-acquired infections.
Once you present such a case to us, we carefully scrutinize the details and circumstances of the infection.
In hospitals, infections can be acquired through inadequate sterilization of equipment and appliances, low standards of cleanliness in the facilities, water systems, etc., air conditioning, food and water infected with various bacteria, viruses, etc., or even through direct contact.
Typically, three risk factors make patients prone to hospital infections.
The first risk factor is the patient himself. Even when medical facilities are careful with keeping their settings clean, there is a particular class of patients that still get infected.
Since such patients have a weak immune system, the longer they stay in the hospital, the higher the risk that they will contract a disease. In such cases, the hospital has the responsibility of ensuring that such patients are aware of the risk they face and that they can only be admitted after giving consent.
The second risk factor is organizational. This depends on the standards of cleanliness that are maintained by the facility in question. Factors that increase the level of risk include general cleanliness in the hospital, water systems, building surfaces, concentration of patients in each room, and sterilization of medical appliances.
The third area of risk regards sanitation issues. This is the level of care with which doctors, nurses, and all hospital staff handle patients. This can consider actions as washing their hands, using sterilizers, and is reflected in the care taken during invasive medical procedures. All these are circumstances that increase the chances that a patient will contract an infectious disease.
Using expert medical advice, we can determine the possibility of making a successful claim. The goal will be to determine whether the hospital and its staff followed the standard of care in handling the infection.