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Can I File A Sepsis Malpractice Lawsuit?

You’d think that a hospital is the safest place to be. It’s where you get treated and cured, right? But there’s a silent, often deadly condition you can get just by being in the hospital. We’re talking about sepsis. It’s what happens when your body’s infection-fighting processes go wrong. Caught early, sepsis sufferers can make a full recovery. But when doctors ignore the signs, it can cause permanent damage and even death. Sadly, no one can bring a loved one back. But you can file a sepsis malpractice lawsuit to hold negligent doctors responsible and win compensation. 

Read on to find out what sepsis is, and how to get a sepsis malpractice settlement. 

Patient with sepsis complications in surgery.

What Is Sepsis?

Ever seen a movie where a villain’s henchman or minions suddenly turn on him? That’s sepsis in a nutshell. It’s a condition that causes the body to turn on itself.

Normally, your immune system releases chemicals into the body to fight infection. When you have sepsis, those chemicals cause harmful inflammation instead. This inflammation may damage tissues. It can cause organs to stop functioning the way they should. 

What happens when sepsis isn’t caught on time? It can turn into septic shock. Septic shock is a severe drop in blood pressure that can lead to organ failure and death. 

It shouldn’t be this way, but sepsis is a huge problem in hospitals. In fact, of all patients who die in hospitals, 1 in 3 had sepsis, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

But why do patients often get sepsis in hospitals? Here are some of the main reasons:

    • Bacteria is prevalent in hospitals, despite efforts to keep things clean and hygienic. 
    • There are many patients in hospitals. Thus you can be exposed to a wide variety of illnesses and germs. 
    • Many hospital procedures involve invasive procedures like catheters, IVs, and ventilators. These create pathways for bacteria to enter.  
    • Surgical wounds are easy targets for infection-causing bacteria. 
    • Many hospital-acquired infections (HAI) lead to sepsis. These include pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and gastrointestinal infections. 
    • Sometimes doctors send patients home after surgery too soon. They may not provide proper post-op care to prevent infection.

Patients can get sepsis from many different hospital procedures. So you would think doctors would be on the lookout for it.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Instead of a smooth recovery, you’re left with reasons to file a sepsis malpractice lawsuit.

Sepsis Malpractice Settlements

Winning a sepsis malpractice lawsuit is tricky business. Hospitals don’t want to take responsibility for mistakes. You may have some trouble getting the medical documents you need to prove malpractice. But a competent, caring malpractice attorney can help you successfully file a sepsis malpractice lawsuit and win compensation for injuries. 

Sepsis malpractice settlements often involve hefty sums. Take the case of Thomas Murphy, for example. His family was awarded $1.44 million by a jury after passing away from sepsis. A patient at St. Joseph Medical Center, 59-year-old Murphy had several tests done that clearly showed he had sepsis, but his doctor failed to treat him. Instead, he prescribed him an antibiotic for pneumonia and sent him to the hospital. He died that very same day.

Another family won $1.75 million after filing a sepsis malpractice lawsuit against a California hospital. Deborah Larkin, a 42-year-old mother of two, died of sepsis after undergoing laparoscopic surgery. She went into septic shock because the surgery had left her with a 4-millimeter gastric leak. Her family’s lawyers were able to prove that doctors didn’t diagnose and treat her in time, despite the fact she had many symptoms of sepsis. 

Filing a sepsis malpractice lawsuit.

Filing A Sepsis Malpractice Lawsuit

Can you sue your hospital and doctors for getting sepsis? If you can prove that you or your loved one had sepsis because of malpractice, you can. 

Sepsis can happen despite a doctor’s best efforts to prevent it. But sometimes, it’s due to negligence. Maybe the physician didn’t use proper hand washing technique, sanitize equipment, or use equipment properly. These small mistakes can have devastating consequences and result in a sepsis malpractice lawsuit. 

Here are the basic requirements for sepsis malpractice settlements to be successful:

    • Determine how the patient became infected
    • Show that sepsis wasn’t diagnosed promptly enough or that it was preventable
    • Prove that the doctor or hospital was responsible for sepsis causing harm to the patient

If you or a loved one have been harmed by preventable sepsis, talk to a representative of Hampton & King today. By filing and winning a sepsis malpractice lawsuit, you can hold negligent health care workers responsible for their actions. You may also be entitled to monetary damages to cover medical expenses and pain and suffering. Contact us here for a free consultation.