Are Hospitals Liable for Medical Malpractice for Staph Infections and MRSA?
You may not realize it, but infections acquired in hospitals are one of the leading causes of patient deaths in the United States. In fact, 1.7 million patients will get an infection during a hospital stay this year, and approximately 99,000 of those will result in death.
Staph infections can vary in severity, sometimes the symptoms aren’t even noticeable. While some infections are caused by medical negligence, some are not. MRSA, a type of staph infection, can be particularly vicious. MRSA can be problematic because it is resistant to most antibiotics that are used to treat staph infections. Unfortunately, since MRSA is resistant to antibiotics, some doctors may believe that the patient does not have a staph infection.
Atlanta’s medical malpractice attorneys, Kaplan & Lukowski, share some common situations that can lead to a malpractice lawsuit based on a MRSA or staph infection.
Common Reasons for Medical Malpractice Lawsuits following a Staph Infection
Lack of Informed Consent
A hospital is responsible for warning patients of the risk of infection before a patients’ treatment. This is especially important for patients that are undergoing surgery.
Medical malpractice law might hold a hospital liable for a staph infection if the hospital did not give the patient and opportunity to opt out of the treatment.
Delay in Treatment
A hospital may not have been responsible for the patient getting the staph infection, but it may be responsible for resulting harm based on failure to diagnose or treat the infection in a timely manner.
Staph infections are particularly common following surgeries. A hospital may be liable for an infection acquired during surgery if any of the following happened during surgery:
- Inadequate blood supply to manipulated tissue.
- Hemoglobin from shed blood made contact with the wound
- Debris made contact with the wound
Failure to Use Sterilized Instruments
A staph infection could occur if the medical staff did not properly handle instruments or sterilize them prior to surgery. The hospital may be held liable for their actions.
Proving Negligence in Medical Malpractice
As stated previously, a hospital is not always liable when a patient acquires a staph or MRSA infection. Some staph infections are unavoidable. In this case, it takes a seasoned and experienced medical malpractice lawyer to prove that the hospital acted negligently and that the negligence caused the staph infection.
Contact Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP for your Medical Malpractice Case
If you or a loved one have contracted a staph or MRSA infection during a hospital stay, and believe it was due to the medical staff’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation.
Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP is Atlanta’s best medical malpractice law firm. Ronald Kaplan, one of our founding partners, is not only a lawyer but a medical doctor as well. This unique mix of experience gives his clients an advantage over other firms. Our team of attorneys provide the utmost dedication and expertise to each of our clients.
Contact the team at Kaplan & Lukowski if you or loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice at 404-845-0012 or via our online contact firm.