Hospitals are often full of germs and diseases. While they attempt to keep their surroundings clean and sanitized, hospitals can still spread disease and infection to patients. One particularly serious infection is MRSA. This disease is prevalent in many hospitals and nursing homes because it can be easily spread through contact with infected persons or wounds. If you contracted MRSA after a recent hospital visit, you may be wondering if you can file a MRSA medical malpractice claim.
If you have acquired MRSA due to a hospital’s lack of sanitation, contact our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. for a free consultation. We can evaluate your case and determine if you are eligible for compensation. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today.
MRSA stands for “methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus”, which means it’s a staph infection that is resistant to many of the usual treatments making it especially dangerous. Patients who are not treated properly for MRSA can become septic or die. Because it resists traditional treatments, healthcare professionals might miss MRSA and assume their patient does not have a staph infection since they aren’t responding to the usual medication. The only way to know for certain if someone has MRSA is through a lab culture.
Staph infections like MRSA can also be missed for long periods of time because the infected person is not displaying any outward signs of illness. In these cases, another illness triggered by the staph infection, such as pneumonia, can develop and cause the person to be symptomatic.
While transmitting MRSA can be prevented, it is still spread in healthcare settings often by doctors or other healthcare professionals touching patients with infected hands. Hospitals have a duty to inform patients particularly at risk, like surgical patients, that their chances of getting MRSA or other staph infections are greater than normal. Hospital professionals should also provide education about how to prevent the spread of MRSA.
When a hospital fails to do its duty, it’s the patients who suffer. A patient who develops MRSA because their doctor or other healthcare professional failed to properly sanitize their hands or did not fully protect their surgical wounds can suffer serious consequences. Both the medical professional and the hospital can be held liable in a medical malpractice claim if a patient contracted a deadly staph infection.
Proving the hospital or its employees are responsible for your medical issues is not easy. You have to be able to provide a timeline that corresponds to when you developed the disease in order to have adequate proof that the hospital is responsible for your sickness.
Obtaining proof can be difficult, but it is not impossible, especially when you have a skilled Chicago medical malpractice attorney working with you. Our attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. have a great deal of experience with medical malpractice claims. We can explain what information you need to provide to determine the hospital’s negligence, and we will fight for you to be properly compensated for your damages and losses.
Call us today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free case consultation.