If your loved one contracts a serious MRSA infection while in a nursing home, you may be able to file a MRSA lawsuit for their injuries. Nursing home MRSA infections often occur due to medical mistakes or from caregiver neglect. A nursing home infection lawyer at our firm can file a MRSA lawsuit and seek compensation for your loved one’s injuries.
What is MRSA?
MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is a serious infection that poses significant health risks to elderly nursing home residents. MRSA is bacterial infection that does not respond well to traditional antibiotic therapy. As a result, patients with a MRSA infection have a greater chance of developing serious complications such as pneumonia or sepsis. Elderly nursing home residents, and those with compromised immune systems, are particularly at risk for MRSA complications.
What are the Complications of MRSA?
MRSA can have serious complications for nursing home residents. A nursing home infection lawyer can seek compensation for residents who suffer injuries through a MRSA lawsuit. Complications from MRSA include sepsis, bone infections and pneumonia. Some residents are not able to fight off these complications and die from MRSA complications; in fact, over 30% of people who develop sepsis from MRSA pass away.
MRSA and Infection Control
MRSA flourishes in group living environments, such as nursing homes, where many people live together in a tight space. These bacteria also thrive in medical devices such as catheters and breathing tubes used by many nursing home residents. MRSA can be spread more easily when good hygiene practices, including hand hygiene, are not consistently followed.
Unfortunately, many nursing homes fail to implement the infection control procedures to minimize MRSA infection risk. The Government Accountability Office found that approximately 40% of nursing homes had infection prevention and control deficiencies in 2018 and 2019. If you believe that infection prevention problems caused your loved one’s MRSA infection, contact our nursing home infection lawyers about filing a MRSA lawsuit.
Are Nursing Homes Responsible to Prevent the Spread of Infections?
Section §483.80(a),(e),(f) of the State Operations Manual outlines the requirement for nursing homes to have an infection prevention and control program. This section states:
“Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) can cause significant pain and discomfort for residents in nursing homes and can have significant adverse consequences. The facility must establish and maintain an infection prevention and control program designed to provide a safe, sanitary, and comfortable environment and to help prevent the development and transmission of communicable diseases and infections.”
A nursing home that fails to implement an infection prevention and control program puts residents at risk for serious infections. A nursing home infection lawyer can file a MRSA lawsuit if your loved one’s infection is the result of negligent infection control practices.
Can I File a MRSA Lawsuit?
Nursing homes who fail to implement required infection prevention and control practices leave medically fragile, elderly residents at risk of a MRSA infection. The nursing home infection lawyers at the Wieand Law Firm are familiar with state and federal nursing home regulations and understand the legal requirements for nursing home infection control programs. Our lawyers can file a MRSA lawsuit if your loved one was injured by negligent infection control practices.
What are Compensatory Damages in a MRSA Lawsuit?
Compensatory damages are intended to pay you for losses caused by your injury. Treatment of a MRSA infection can be very expensive. A MRSA lawsuit can seek compensation for the injuries your loved one sustained because of a preventable infection. You may be able to obtain compensation to help pay for:
- Hospital bills
- Prescription costs
- Costs for rehabilitation
- Pain and Suffering
Contact the Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers at the Wieand Law Firm Today
A MRSA lawsuit can be complex, and you should look for an attorney that is familiar with the nursing home infection control regulations. The nursing home infection lawyers at our firm are experienced litigators who have significant experience in nursing home claims. Our knowledgeable lawyers will aggressively pursue your claim while treating your family with the compassion and understanding you deserve in this difficult time.
Call our nursing home infection lawyers at 215-666-7777 or send us a message on the online form to speak directly with an attorney.