Hospital Acquired Infection Miami Medical Malpractice Lawyer: Sean M. Cleary
How we help in a hospital contracted disease case?
We'll privately investigate your case by examining medical records. If hospital negligence caused your injuries, we'll help you get answers and monetary compensation.
Sean M. Cleary
On any given day, about one in 25 patients in Florida have at least one hospital contracted infection. Every year, the estimated number of hospital-caused infections in Florida is approximately 1.7 million: 33K among newborns in high-risk nurseries, 19K among newborns in well-baby nurseries, 417K among adults and children in intensive care units, and over 1 million among adults and children outside of intensive care units. The estimated deaths associated with hospital contracted diseases and infections are 98K: of these, 35K are for pneumonia, 30K for bloodstream infections, 13K for urinary tract infections, 8K for surgical site infections, and 11K for other types of infections.
Hospital contracted infections and diseases at risk in many Florida Hospitals
Many of these conditions are treatable if detected early by the medical personnel. However, if a patient’s immune system is already weak from surgery or another illness, these infections can progress quickly. If an infection progresses too far, sepsis is a possible result. Sepsis is a body-wide response to infection that affects the entire bloodstream and may end in deadly septic shock. Sepsis and other complications of infections are among the leading causes of injury and death after surgery. Most hospital-caused infections cases are entirely preventable by proper hygiene and maintenance.
Consequences of hospital contracted diseases and infections
Regardless of the cause or type of infection, hospital contracted diseases and infections can have several consequences including the following:
Longer hospital stays. If you develop hospital-acquired infections, you may require a longer hospital stay which puts you at an even higher rate for developing more complications.
Increased costs. A longer hospital stay also means more treatment and more costs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that annually hospital-acquired infections cost patients over ten billion dollars.
Lost wages. Infections acquired in the hospital can lengthen the time for recovery and keep you from returning to work, resulting in lost wages.
Death. In some cases, hospital-acquired infections can be fatal. According to the Alliance for Aging Research, in the United States, about 99K people die every year due to hospital-acquired infections.
The bottom line is that a hospital-associated infection can delay your recovery and increase the risk of medical complications and even death. The consequences can affect everything from your physical health to employment.
Who is liable for hospital contracted diseases or infections?
To prevent infections, hospitals are required to adhere to very strict practices to keep a sterile and cleanly environment. If a hospital fails to keep a sterile environment and an infection occurs, it is possible there are grounds for medical malpractice claims.
The hospital. Medical facilities must maintain a strict standard of cleanliness throughout the building. This includes regular cleaning and maintenance as well as upkeep of air and water purifying systems. Additionally, hospitals must have adequate storage rooms and the correct equipment for cleaning and disposing of medical tools. In general, you can usually name the hospital in your medical malpractice claim for a hospital-acquired infection.
Doctors and medical staff. Doctors and nurses may interact with hundreds of patients a day. In order to prevent the spread of disease and infection, they must take care to disinfect their tools and themselves frequently. If they neglect these health standards, hospital-acquired infections are a common result.
Medical device manufacturers. Sometimes, hospital-acquired infections result from contaminated medical equipment or even product defects. An infection is possible as a result of a poorly designed medical tool or inadequate cleaning instructions. In these cases, the manufacturer of these products may be liable for your injuries.
When a hospital is negligent, such as for improperly dispensing antibiotics or exposing patients to shared equipment, you may be entitled to sue the hospital and its employees and potentially recover some or all of the following types of damages:
Payment of medical bills
Compensation for time missed from work
Compensation for past, present, and future pain and suffering
Compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one caused by the hospital’s negligence
How we help if you've contracted a disease or infection in a Florida hospital?
If you develop an infection within two weeks after leaving a hospital, contact us right away so we can evaluate your case over the phone. At The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, a Miami based law firm, we have years of extensive experience in dealing with medical negligence and malpractice cases all over Florida and we can evaluate your case for free. We will review your medical records to see if your injury may have been caused by an inadequate standard of care at any of the hospitals and medical facilities in Florida and Miami. You may qualify to file a claim if evidence suggests delayed diagnosis or negligence caused your condition or injuries.
If you or a family member has contracted a hospital infection or disease, we advise you to contact our law firm immediately for a free evaluation of your case. Acting quickly can also help us have the necessary time to investigate and gather all the facts and evidence to support the case. The statute of limitations in Miami and Florida County is two years from the moment the incident is discovered or should have been discovered and can be extended for up to four years. Contact us immediately for a free case consultation. You can use the form on our contact page or call us at 305.416.9805.