Infection/Sepsis

Contracting an infection after receiving medical treatment in a hospital, outpatient surgery center, clinic or long-term care facility can have a devastating effect on patients and their families – including the patient’s death from complications such as sepsis.

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate concludes about 4 percent of hospital patients contract an infection during a stay. That amounts to at least 648,000 patients annually. Studies using other methodologies have placed the number of infections each year at 1.7 million, resulting in more than 200 deaths daily.

These deaths and complications are often preventable, however. Surgeons, physicians, nurses and other medical personnel can be negligent by improperly sanitizing their hands before a procedure, by misusing antibiotics or by exposing patients to contaminated devices such as catheters and ventilators.

When infection leads to serious medical complications or death, BWMK lawyers have the experience and knowledge of proper medical procedure to demonstrate that the expected standard of care was violated and that our clients are entitled to compensation for the injury and loss they have suffered. If you or a loved one has been affected by a healthcare-related infection, please contact us to learn about your legal options.

Contracting an infection after receiving medical treatment in a hospital, outpatient surgery center, clinic or long-term care facility can have a devastating effect on patients and their families – including the patient’s death from complications such as sepsis. These are often preventable, because surgeons, physicians, nurses and other medical personnel are negligent by improperly sanitizing their hands before a procedure, by misusing antibiotics or by exposing patients to contaminated devices such as catheters and ventilators. When infection leads to serious medical complications or death, BWMK lawyers have the experience and knowledge of proper medical procedure to demonstrate that the expected standard of care was violated and that our clients are entitled to compensation for the injury and loss they have suffered.

Successes

$32 Million Settlement for Quadruple Amputation Due to Delayed Diagnosis

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$2.5 Million Settlement for Sepsis Resulting from Surgical Error

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$12 Million Settlement for Delayed Diagnosis and Treatment of Meningitis

Our client, who himself is an attorney handling personal injury and other civil litigation cases, was transported to the hospital’s emergency room complaining of a…

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$6 Million Settlement for Negligence Following Kidney Transplant

Our client was a 39-year-old diabetic who had been born with one kidney. He sought to get another kidney to avoid the need for dialysis. He…

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$10.2 Million Settlement for Repeated Misdiagnosis of an Executive’s Heart Problem

A young, successful vice president at one of the country’s largest information technology staffing firms had a heart valve condition which led to an infection…

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$850,000 Settlement for Death from Infection

A 55-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital and treated for pneumonia. She suffered a cardiac arrest, and she did not regain consciousness.  Physicians indicated…

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