If you or someone close to you suffered from sepsis that was not properly diagnosed and treated in time, you need to speak to a skilled Rochester medical malpractice attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we have helped numerous victims seek justice in their sepsis and septic shock lawsuits, and we can do the same for you. With years of experience, you can rest assured that we understand how to navigate these challenging cases.
Sepsis, sometimes known as “blood poisoning,” is a severe illness in which bacteria and toxins overwhelm the bloodstream, generally through the infection of a wound. The condition can send the entire body to be in an inflammatory state, known as septic shock. If not diagnosed and treated properly, sepsis can lead to death. Severe sepsis can lead to other long-term damage in patients, such as organ damage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sepsis is a medical emergency. It affects between 1 and 3 million individuals on an annual basis. The CDC also found that in the United States alone, sepsis accounts for more deaths than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined.
While anyone can get sepsis as a result of an infection, some patients are at a higher risk than others, specifically those with a compromised immune system, including cancer patients, persons suffering from kidney or liver disease, elderly patients, and newborns or infants. While there are not any simple diagnostic tests for sepsis, there are symptoms and warning signs that medical professionals are trained to recognize.
Failing to identify and treat sepsis in a timely manner could amount to medical malpractice if it resulted in patient harm. Medical malpractice takes place when a doctor causes an injury to a patient by failing to exercise reasonable care. Reasonable care is defined as how another doctor in the same specialty would have acted under the same or similar circumstances. As a result, what is considered ‘reasonable’ will vary depending on the situation and a number of factors, such as the patient’s age, medical history, and more.
Compensation for each medical malpractice case varies widely. We will scrutinize the facts of your case and determine its value as accurately as possible. Typically, victims of malpractice will be able to recover a variety of damages, including but not limited to medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other losses relating to the harm.
If you or a loved one is suffering or suffered from sepsis, you may be wondering if you can file a medical malpractice claim to recover damages. This can be a daunting journey, but with the right lawyers on your side, it doesn’t have to be. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our seasoned Rochester medical malpractice attorneys can analyze the facts of your case and help you seek the compensation you deserve. We are committed to holding negligent medical professionals accountable for the harm that they cause. For a free case evaluation, do not hesitate to call us at 315-479-9000, or you can reach us online.
More Blog Posts:
Hospital Falls in Rochester, Rochester Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Blog, January 12, 2017
Ophthalmologist Negligence in Rochester and Across New York, Rochester Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Blog, January 5, 2017
Informed Consent Malpractice in Rochester and New York, Rochester Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Blog, December 28, 2017