Getting an infection when you’re staying at a hospital can be a nerve-wracking experience. Often affecting those with compromised immune systems or those who are already in poor health, hospital-acquired infections can lead to serious harm, including death in the most severe of cases.
What’s more, nearly one in every 25 patients is affected by a hospital-acquired infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you’ve contracted a disease while staying at its facility, the hospital may be held liable for medical malpractice if negligence occurred. The following reviews acts of negligence, and how to prove hospital liability.
Using Unsterilized Materials or/and Equipment
If the cause of your infection was the use of unsterilized materials or/and equipment (such as a scalpel or catheter), then it’s likely that the hospital will be held liable for this error. A hospital is liable if the person who used the materials or/and equipment is a hospital employee as opposed to a contractor. The use of improper or improperly sterilized equipment on a patient is irresponsible and negligent.
An infection may also occur if, during treatment or surgery, the area to be treated was improperly treated.
Weak Institutional Practices
Sometimes, patients acquire infections while staying at a hospital because of exposure to bacteria or viruses as a result of poor institutional practices. It is possible that the patients suffering from contagious infections weren’t given separate quarters. Caregivers could partake in improper hand washing procedure, spreading germs. When poor institutional practices are the cause of a hospital-acquired infection, then the hospital may be held liable.
How to Prove Liability
When poor institutional practices or sanitization practices lead to a patient’s infection, the patient may have the right to seek damages. In order to hold a hospital liable for the infection and subsequent damages, though, the patient must prove that the hospital (or a hospital staff member) did something negligent, and that the negligence was the direct cause of the patient’s harm, which is called causation.
Your medical malpractice attorney will need to prove medical malpractice through negligence, causation, and resultant damages.
Take Legal Action Against a Hospital
When hospitals don’t exercise the duty of care that they should protect patients from harm, they may be held liable for damages. To help you take legal action against a hospital that’s practices led to your infection, contact a medical malpractice attorney today. The attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC are ready to do what it takes to prove negligence, causation, and damages and get you your full compensation amount. Reach us 215-642-2335 or via our online contact form.