Medical Malpractice: How Sepsis Begins and Can Lead to Amputation
Sepsis is a blood infection that happens when the body is reacting to another infection source. In many cases, the initial infection can be adequately treated with antiparasitics, antifungals, antibiotics, or antiviral medication. However, if the doctor fails to properly diagnose the initial infection, the patient may be at risk for developing sepsis. In extreme cases, a patient may have to undergo an amputation due to sepsis.
If you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with sepsis due to negligent medical care, you can turn to an attorney at Wieand Law Firm, LLC for assistance. We can help you get the compensation you need to recover and move forward with your life.
When Sepsis Begins
When the immune system kicks into overdrive in response to an infection, sepsis can develop. Usually, the immune system can fight off fungi, parasites, viruses, and bacteria so that an infection is avoided. If a patient develops an infection, his or her internal system may need help through the use of medication. Sepsis begins if the body stops fighting off the bad properties and ends up turning on itself instead. This may have resulted due to a doctor failing to provide the patient with the level of care expected within the medical community.
How Sepsis Can Lead to Amputation
If sepsis is not promptly diagnosed and treated, it can cause tissue damage. Once the tissue has deteriorated beyond repair, the area may need to be amputated. Excessive blood clots can halt the normal flow of blood throughout the human body. Tissues may then become deprived of nourishment, causing tissue death.
If too much of the tissue dies away, it must be removed through some type of procedure. For some patients, this procedure may entail amputation. Patients may have their toes, fingers, hands, feet, legs, and/or arms amputated in order to eradicate the tissue damaged by sepsis.
Do Not File a Complaint to the Hospital
If you believe your doctor’s oversight is what led to the sepsis, we highly recommend contacting an attorney at Wieand Law Firm, LLC for advice first. Patients may understandably respond with hostility due to what happened and what to take action right away through filing a complaint to the hospital. Submitting a letter may not lead to the results you were hoping for, especially if hospital personnel will do whatever they can to prevent facing a serious lawsuit.
Undergoing an amputation because of sepsis can change a patient’s life forever. A person may not be able to function the same as prior to the infection and procedure. If this is true for you or a loved one, you deserve financial restitution for the doctor’s mistake. An attorney at Wieand Law Firm, LLC can only imagine the anguish you may be experiencing after the entire ordeal. Please know that you can find support here at our law firm. Please call today so one of our sepsis and amputation medical malpractice lawyer can start fighting for monetary compensation and a sense of justice for the terrible error.