Infection & Sepsis Claims in Oregon
Our Portland Attorney Holds Doctors & Hospitals Accountable
Going to a hospital for a surgical procedure is already stressful enough.
You are trusting that your health and well-being are being taken care
of in the hands of a doctor and their medical team. In any surgical procedure,
you will need time to recover, usually involving time away from work and
extra care from friends and family members. With all of the concerns that
are involved with a surgical procedure,
the last thing you need to worry about is a medical professional incompetently
performing their job.
There are many reasons why doctors can make mistakes, ranging from the
overall stress of the job to abuse of drugs and alcohol. Just because
one part of your medical treatment went well does not mean the doctor’s
job is complete. When a medical professional does not take the proper
care in your treatment following a surgery, you are entitled to hold them
responsible for their actions and the personal injury they caused you.
How do I know if I am a victim of sepsis & malpractice?
One of the most common mistakes made by doctors causing sepsis, or a bacterial
infection of the bloodstream. The body will identify an infection in the
body and release chemicals aimed at fighting this infection. Sepsis can
be life-threatening if not discovered and treated early, usually affecting
the elderly and those that have compromised immune systems. According
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75,000 patients each
year in hospitals alone die from sepsis and infection. This is unacceptable.
Sepsis and infection are preventable, and medical professionals are trained
to identify symptoms when they arise.
Sepsis can be caused by:
- Undiagnosed infections
- Improperly treated infections
- Intravenous lines
- Bed sores
- Surgical wounds
If not discovered, sepsis can be devastating, both physically and emotionally.
Victims of sepsis may find themselves experiencing:
- Low blood pressure
- High fever
- Memory loss and impairment
- Rapid breathing
- Kidney failure
Being in a state of sepsis and infection is a medical emergency. While
it can be treated with antibiotics, most cases also require constant diligence,
fluids, and additional treatment options. Failing to identify the symptoms
of sepsis or improperly caring for someone that is in septic shock is
medical malpractice and must be treated accordingly.
Put Our Years Of Experience To Work For You
Attorney Patrick L. Block has dedicated his legal practice to fighting
for those that have been taken advantage of or neglected by the doctors
and medical professionals that were supposed to care for them. If you
or a loved one have experienced an infection following a surgery or if
you are wondering whether you have a medical malpractice claim in Portland,
our attorney’s over 20 years of legal knowledge is an asset.