When you go to visit a doctor, hospital or any other medical institution you do have certain expectations. You know that you walk into that building not feeling your best. You could be sick and know that you are in need of a prescription. You could be in need of surgery, and you have expectations that you will eventually leave the hospital with the issue addressed. You could have been in an accident and are being rushed to an emergency room for some medical care. You have expectations that you will leave in better shape than how you came. In every possible example, we all have expectations that you are receiving exceptional medical care and are leaving in a better situation than the one you had before. But sometimes that does not happen.
There are cases where after a stay in a hospital you not only receive care; you have been exposed to different types of infections. And when your immune system is weakened or compromised, depending on the kind of care you are receiving, this can be a serious detriment to your health.
In the United States, over 1.7 million people will get an infection during a hospital stay according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Infections like these are known as Hospital Acquired Infections or HAI. These infections usually show up within 48 hours of admittance to a hospital. With these cases, it is not always easy to show medical malpractice, but it is possible especially if you are acting quickly. If you think that you or a loved one has suffered from a hospital acquired infection due to doctor or nurse negligence of medical protocol, please contact us. We can help you know if you have a case or what needs to be done to assist you with your case.