If you suffered from sepsis or blood poisoning during a hospital visit, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At Arfaa Law Group, our Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and skill to examine the facts of your case and determine whether or not you have a claim.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently declared that sepsis is a medical emergency. Every year, between one and three million people are diagnosed with sepsis, and the CDC is requesting that physicians and nurses take action to prevent, identify, and properly treat the deadly condition.
Sepsis is a severe illness in which the bloodstream is overwhelmed by bacteria and toxins, typically through the infection of a wound. The condition can cause the entire body to be in an inflammatory state known as septic shock. Another way to think about sepsis is blood poisoning. If sepsis is not diagnosed and treated properly, it can lead to devastating consequences for the patient, including but not limited to multi-system organ damage, amputations, brain damage, encephalopathy, or even death. Sepsis can be particularly life-threatening to newborns, especially those with a weakened immune system due to prematurity or another illness.
A failure to diagnose and treat sepsis could be grounds for a medical malpractice claim. These claims are complex, and only a thorough review of the medical records and the situation can help us determine the cause of the patient’s harm. It is important to note that medical malpractice claims are rooted in the theory of negligence. If a medical professional was negligent, he or she will be liable. Negligence is a failure to exercise reasonable care in one’s actions that causes an injury to another person. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person would act in the same or similar circumstances. In the context of medical malpractice, a medical professional’s conduct will be compared to a prudent medical professional’s conduct in the same specialty under the same circumstances. As a result, what is considered ‘reasonable’ will vary depending on the situation.
If medical malpractice is established, the injured plaintiff will be able to recover damages such as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and pain and suffering, as well as other expenses related to the accident.
As with any other type of claim in Maryland, a medical malpractice claim must be filed within a certain time frame, known as the statute of limitations. A failure to file within the applicable statute of limitations could mean losing your legal right to be heard by a court altogether. Thus, it is important to work with a skilled attorney who understands the appropriate deadlines in your case.
At Arfaa Law Group, our experienced Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys have spent a long time advocating for patient rights and can do the same for you. We understand the nuances of this area of law, and you can trust that we are dedicated to helping you pursue the damages you deserve. We understand that this is a very difficult time, which is why we will handle your case with the utmost compassion. To get a free evaluation of your case, you can call 410-889-1850 or contact us online.
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