Medical Negligence and Healthcare Acquired Infections

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A hospital is a hygiene paradox. On one hand it is the place where we go to get cured. On the other hand, it is also a place where we can come in contact with a lot of diseases. Although hospitals have to obey by high sanitizing standards, healthcare acquired infections are becoming more and more problematic. Approximately 1,7 million people in America acquire a hospital infection each year, and 99 000 of those infections result in fatalities.

  • How do you recognize healthcare acquired infections?

A hospital infection is any infection that has no relation with the condition that brought you to the hospital in the first place. Furthermore these infections are acquired after about 48 hours of being in the hospital. If your immune system is low, such an infection can prologue your stay in the hospital and it can pose a serious danger to your life.

  • How do you deal with negligence hospital infections?

The first thing you need to find out is how you came in contact with the infection. Furthermore it is also important to know how you were cared for after you came in contact with the bacteria. If your healthcare provider managed to keep the infection under control without it damaging your health than you should give up on a compensation claim as your chances of winning are quite small. In order to receive compensation you need to prove that you were physically or emotionally damaged due to the medical negligence. On the other hand if the healthcare provider failed to find the infection in a timely matter and you suffered serious health problems you should seek some legal help.

  • How can you link a hospital acquired infection with medical negligence?

In order to make a medical negligence compensation claim due to a HAI you have to keep a few things in mind. First of all you need to prove that the standards of hygiene in a hospital are below the legal standards. This means that you need expert testimony on the hygiene conditions in a medical institution. Furthermore if the infection was cause by an irresponsible healthcare provider you will probably need an eye witness. If the infection progressed while you were still in the hospital without being noticed by your healthcare provider you will have higher chances of winning a malpractice case. In order to get the evidence that you need you should pay attention to several aspects while being in the hospital. For example, were the medical instruments that you came in contact with sterilized? Did the healthcare provider wash his hands before coming in contact with you. Were surgical cloves used during a medical procedure? Were the infectious patients separated from the non infectious ones? Did the hospital make liberal use of antiseptic solutions?

  • Pick the right medical negligence solicitor

As the medical negligence cases that are related to healthcare acquired infections are a lot more challenging you will need an amazing solicitor. Try to find a law firm who also has medical staff. The medical professionals that work in a law firm are more suited for analyzing scientific evidence. Medical records and hospital infections surveys will be necessary in order to build a solid case.