A nosocomial infection occurs when an otherwise uninfected patient contracts an infectious disease while being treated in the hospital. A hospital should be the last place you need to worry about contracting an infection. When you’re hospitalized, you expect that your care will be focused on the injury or illness that brought you in and takes steps to protect you from infection. And yet, secondary infections do happen. When you contract one – such as MRSA, C-diff, gangrene or tuberculosis to name a few, as a direct result of your hospital stay, you may have a case to file a lawsuit for malpractice or neglect. Medicare will not even pay a hospital for treatment of catheter infections if acquired at the hospital and Grewer Law can help you decide how to proceed.
Though we know doctors and hospital staff should have the skill to treat patients appropriately, it’s not always that simple. Mistakes are made every day in the hospital. When a mistake is made and causes an injury then this is medical negligence. The patient leaves the hospital with more problems than they had when they arrived, there’s a potential to determine if a malpractice case should be filed. Medical malpractice suits are handled in civil court, and the funds awarded for damages are paid by the malpractice insurance company.
There are many aspects to determining if your illness or injury is entitled to compensation as a medical malpractice case. If your infection was contracted as a direct result of your stay in a hospital, you may indeed have a case. There will need to be careful accounting for the events from beginning to end, and all evidence must be weighed. Grewer Law is experienced and skilled in determining the best course of action, and we’ll talk with you in a free consultation to help you understand your options.
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