Was Your Hospital Infection Caused by Medical Negligence?

If you contracted an infection while hospitalized, it may have not have been preventable. However, it is not uncommon for infections to occur due to medical negligence. And when that happens, hospitals and staff may tell you that it is just something that happens, not their fault.

If your infection was a result of medical negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for the harm caused through a medical malpractice lawsuit. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you determine whether you have been a victim of medical negligence and if you have a case.

Infections Involving Catheters, Ventilators and Central Lines

Infections associated with urinary catheters, ventilators, and central lines, are common and they can be deadly. They are almost entirely preventable.

  • Urinary catheter – infection of the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and/or urethra
  • Ventilator – pneumonia
  • Central Line – bloodstream infection

Infections associated with these and other common devices are often the result of failure to follow protocols such as:

  • Proper handwashing
  • Proper cleaning of devices
  • Removing devices as soon as they are no longer needed

Surgical Site Infections

Surgical site infections can affect the incision just at the skin level or they can be much deeper affecting organs and other tissues. Medical negligence leading to surgical site infections can include:

  • Failure to follow handwashing protocol
  • Failure to clean hands and arms up to the elbows immediately before surgery
  • Failure to properly prep patient’s skin and remove hair as necessary
  • Dirty surgical instruments
  • Other unsanitary conditions

If you have developed an infection while in the hospital or shortly after going home, learn more about Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

Injuries may also be caused by defective medical products. Check for recalled ventilators and catheters in the United States if you or someone you know has been hurt.

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With a background as a paralegal, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights, Sandra Dalton launched her freelance writing career in 2000 with a weekly column on Freedom for Suite 101 and pro bono projects for individuals and organizations supporting causes close to her heart. One of her first projects was for the Police Compliant Center writing about police misconduct. Sandra’s legal writing quickly expanded to include personal injury, animal welfare, criminal defense, disability discrimination, family law and much more.