Our medical malpractice attorneys handle cases involving the failure to timely diagnose and treat the condition of sepsis. A patient who presents to a doctor or hospital with signs and symptoms of sepsis must be properly diagnosed for that condition. Once the diagnosis of sepsis is made, it is essential that prompt and appropriate treatment be commenced.
Sepsis can be a life-threatening complication and occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight the infection trigger inflammation throughout the body. This inflammation can spearhead a number of changes that can damage multiple organ systems and causing them to fail. If sepsis progresses to septic shock, blood pressure drops dramatically, and death can occur.
Sepsis: Information & Symptoms
Symptoms of sepsis include a high fever, elevated heart rate and respiratory rate, and a probable or confirmed infection. In severe cases, the patient can demonstrate low urine output, changes in mental status, difficulty breathing, and abdominal pain. If a patient has these symptoms and has an extremely low blood pressure that does not properly respond to fluid replacement, there can be a diagnosis of septic shock. This is an emergency medical condition that must be immediately treated to avoid serious harm or death.
Statistics show that the delayed diagnosis and management of sepsis results in high mortality rates. The misdiagnosis and mismanagement of a patient with sepsis can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. In cases involving the death of the patient, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Sepsis Death: Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
A sepsis death medical malpractice lawsuit seeks compensation from the hospital and treating physician for all damages allowed under the wrongful death statute. These damages include the pain and suffering endured by the decedent prior to death, the loss of society and companionship by the surviving family members, the loss of income and support, and payment of funeral and burial expenses. These lawsuits often result in substantial settlements for the family members.
Contact Our Michigan Sepsis Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you have lost a family member due to death from sepsis and are concerned that proper medical treatment was not provided by a physician or hospital, you should contact our experienced medical malpractice lawyers today to discuss your case. We will obtain and review all of the medical records to determine whether improper medical care was a cause of the death. If there was the failure to provide proper care, we will file a medical malpractice lawsuit on your behalf.
Call today to speak with one of our highly qualified medical malpractice lawyers. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means there are no legal fees or costs unless you receive a settlement. There are strict time deadlines for filing medical malpractice lawsuits so it is important that you call us right now at (800) 606-1717!