Our Michigan medical malpractice attorneys handle cases involving the failure to treat sepsis in hospitals. When a hospital fails to make a timely diagnosis of sepsis and treat it before a patient goes into septic shock, the results can be devastating. In cases involving death due to sepsis, the patient’s family may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Sepsis in Hospitals: Lawsuits & Settlements
Sepsis is an illness in which the body has a severe response to bacteria or other germs. The symptoms of sepsis are not caused by the germs or bacteria themselves, but rather the chemicals that the body releases cause the response. For patients in a hospital setting, the common sites of infection that lead to sepsis include intravenous lines, surgical drains, surgical wounds, and bedsores and decubitus ulcers.
Many patients develop sepsis after a surgery in which the patient suffers a perforation or resulting leak. This is common involving abdominal surgeries, like gallbladder surgery, bowel surgery, or gastric bypass surgery. Although a perforation during a surgery may be a common risk of the surgery, the failure to timely diagnose and treat the resulting sepsis can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The major symptoms of septic shock include abnormal body temperatures, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, pain, and shortness of breath. The condition can be diagnosed with blood tests and kidney function tests. Physicians and nurses who suspect septic shock need to act promptly in ordering appropriate tests and initiation proper medical care. The failure to recognize the condition can have deadly consequences.
Contact Our Michigan Sepsis Medical Malpractice
If you or someone you know is the victim of medical malpractice due to the failure to treat sepsis, you should contact our office immediately to discuss your case. Call us today at (800) 606-1717 or fill out the Get Help Now box on this page so that we can start working on your case. There are strict time limitations for pursuing medical negligence cases in Michigan so it is essential that you contact us immediately.