Were You Harmed By A Post-Surgical Infection?
John Price Law Firm, LLC represents individuals throughout South Carolina who have been injured by hospital-acquired infections. We also represent families who have lost loved ones to wrongful death in hospitals. Our founding attorney, John Price, has been practicing law since 1985. You can count on him and our professional team of lawyers to diligently fight for the maximum amount of compensation possible for you and your family.
It is estimated by the CDC that approximately 5% of all individuals admitted to the hospital will come down with a healthcare-related infection. This results in around 722,000 infections and 75,000 deaths every year, costing $28-$33 billion.
Risk Factors For Acquiring An Infection In The Hospital
Patient Risk Factors
A patient’s risk factors include the length of the patient’s stay in the hospital setting, the seriousness of the injury or illness, and the health and abilities of their immune system during their stay.
Organizational Risk Factors
These risk factors have to do with how clean the hospital facility is, including the purity of the water systems, how well the filtration of the HVAC systems work, how clean surfaces are, and how well the staff does at keeping medical devices sterile.
Iatrogenic Risk Factors
These risk factors include the care given by the doctors, nurses and other hospital staff. This includes how often hands are washed, and the use of antibiotics, and how care is performed during invasive procedures like intubation, intravenous medication administration and urine catheterization.
Our Charleston law firm handles cases involving:
- Infections from poor post-surgical care
- Infections from dirty instruments or reused needles
- Inappropriate choice of antibiotics
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infections
- HIV or hepatitis from blood transfusions
Hospital Staph Infections Kill Tens Of Thousands
A 2007 New York Times article cited a recent government study on virulent drug-resistant bacteria that are spreading through hospitals and nursing homes. According to the study, close to 19,000 people died over the span of only one year from these infections. The author of the study, Dr. R. Monina Klevens, suggests that such dangerous hospital infections may be twice as common as was previously believed.
Do You Have A Case For Hospital Acquired Infection?
In order to file a successful HAI medical malpractice lawsuit, it must be shown that the patient’s infection was preventable, and that it was due to the negligence of the medical professionals providing their care. Damages that can be awarded to the victim include the cost of treating the infection, lost wages, and pain and suffering and other non compensatory damages.
Proving that the hospital is liable for your infection can be a challenge. Speaking to a lawyer will help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Our knowledgeable lawyers will walk you step-by-step through everything you have experienced and help to pinpoint evidence needed to win your case.
Get A Free, No-Obligation Consultation With A Lawyer
If you suspect that you or a loved one developed a serious illness or disease due to a hospital stay in South Carolina, contact John Price Law Firm, LLC. We gladly offer a free initial consultation to learn about your case and advise you of your rights and options. Call our medical malpractice attorneys at (843) 552-6011 or send us an email today.