Patients Who Suffered from Sepsis and Amputation Due to Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can happen to anyone. It can be terrifying to imagine that your doctor made a critical mistake when treating your infection. Unfortunately, doctors can commit vital errors which cause their patients further harm, than if they had provided proper medical care from the start. For example, patients who have an infection that went undetected and treated by their doctor, can turn into sepsis which requires amputation.
If medical malpractice has happened to you or a loved one, please let an attorney at Wieand Law Firm, LLC represent your case. You deserve financial restitution for how much your life has changed due to your doctor’s awful error.
Signs of Sepsis
It is estimated that over a million people in America are affected by sepsis every single year. Common signs that sepsis may have developed include patient shivering, extreme pain, overall discomfort, discolored/pale skin, feeling sleepy, shortness of breath, and expressing that they feel like they may die. Sepsis is a serious condition that should not be taken lightly.
Medical personnel must be trained to identify and rapidly treat sepsis. If your doctor made a mistake regarding your sepsis diagnosis which led to an amputation, we encourage you to contact an attorney at Wieand Law Firm, LLC for strategic legal services. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your losses.
How Sepsis Develops
Sepsis is the body’s overactive response to a primary infection, and without proper medical intervention, the immune system may turn on itself. With decreased blood flow to areas of the body due to clots, tissues cannot receive the nutrients needed to remain healthy. As a result, tissues can slowly die away, and amputation may be required to eradicate the sepsis. Common medical conditions which can lead to sepsis include the following:
- I/V Lines: intravenous lines that are not properly handled can cause sepsis. The site where the I/V has been inserted must be sanitized regularly. If the area doesn’t remain clean, an infection can develop and reach the bloodstream.
- Bedsores: nursing home residents who are not re-positioned for long periods of time may develop painful bedsores. If the bedsores become infected and not treated within a timely manner, it can lead to sepsis.
- Undiagnosed infections: when sepsis is not treated, it can continue to travel throughout the body. A major contributor to sepsis is undiagnosed infections of the intestines, skin, urinary tract, and lungs.
- Surgery wounds: patients recovering from a surgical procedure often need medicine so the area can heal properly. If the incorrect medication type and/or dosage is prescribed, the wound may not heal normally and can become infected, progressing into sepsis.
An attorney at Wieand Law Firm, LLC can imagine how shocking it may be to realize that your doctor was at least partially at fault for your sepsis and the need for an amputation. Contact us right away for quality and compassionate legal services. Don’t wait, act before the doctor thinks he or she got away with medical malpractice.