When we go to a hospital, we expect to receive proper care from trained, qualified doctors and personnel, not to suffer even more harm. Unfortunately, many hospital stays lead to additional illnesses because of poor hygiene practices and other complications.
If you recently developed an infection during your stay at a hospital, you may have grounds to file an injury claim. In general, hospitals must maintain acceptable standards of cleanliness and use safe practices during patient interactions. Failing to do so may qualify as medical malpractice. Building an injury claim based on medical malpractice takes time, so it is important to begin building your legal strategy soon to keep your rights secure while you fight for a fair outcome.
Common instances of hospital infection
Infections can occur at nearly any point throughout a hospital stay, but some types of infections are most common. Most often, device-related infections, surgical site infections, and respiratory infections lead to further harm for patients.
Medical devices interact with us in many ways, and any time a device physically touches a patient, there is a chance of infection if the device is not clean. Medical devices that involve some form of insertion, such as an IV or catheter, are able to carry infection without proper sanitization.
Similarly, a surgical site may easily develop an infection without proper hygiene and procedures. Our bodies carry large amounts of bacteria at all times, and an improper surgery creates an opportunity for internal bacteria to spread, as well as infection from outside sources.
Respiratory infections are also very common during a hospital stay. Hospitals are always caring for sick people, many of whom carry infectious diseases. Without proper procedures and hygiene in place, patients who arrive at a hospital with otherwise healthy respiratory systems may develop serious illnesses because of contact with a virus or other infectious substance.
It is important to understand that not all hospital infections justify a malpractice claim. However, some do, and it is wise to understand how the law views your hospital infection as you build your legal strategy.
Protecting your rights and your future
If you suspect that your hospital infection justifies a medical malpractice claim, be sure to build a strong legal strategy to keep yourself protected. Seeking fair compensation for your suffering and losses is not a simple process, so it is wise to prepare carefully and use the legal resources that you have available to keep your rights secure while you work toward recovery and justice.