Any kind of surgery breaks the skin’s natural barrier. If a healthcare provider fails to protect surgical patients using accepted medical standards of care, he or she may be held liable for damages.
If you or a loved one recently suffered from a post-surgery infection in California and now have medical bills and other damages as a result, you could be entitled to compensation. A Los Angeles post-surgery infections lawyer can identify all liable parties and seek financial awards on your behalf.
You deserve to know your legal options. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free case review with a member of our team when you call (800) 970-4884.
How Medical Malpractice Contributes to Post-Surgery Infections
Surgery has inherent risks, including the risk of a post-surgical infection (also known as a surgical site infection, or SSI). However, many of these infections can be prevented if healthcare professionals adhere to accepted medical standards of care.
Medical malpractice is often a factor in surgical site infections.
- Improperly sanitized surgical equipment
- Inadequately sanitized operating and recuperation rooms
- Insufficient personal protection equipment (such as surgical masks, gowns, and gloves)
- Lack of hand washing or improper hand washing
- Improperly closed surgical site or material mistakenly left in the incision site
- Failure to prescribe necessary antibiotics and other post-surgical treatment
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in 25 hospitalized patients suffers at least one post-surgical infection.
How a Los Angeles Post-Surgery Infections Lawyer Can Help
Proving medical malpractice is a complex process. In addition, both California healthcare providers and healthcare facilities carry malpractice insurance. These insurance adjusters seem to have one job: to avoid awarding injured patients the damages caused by careless healthcare providers.
A Los Angeles post-surgery infections lawyer with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm does not shy away from tough cases and will stand up to these insurance companies and their lawyers on your behalf. Our firm gathers the necessary evidence for a claim and if necessary, for a lawsuit.
We protect your rights and fight for compensation so that you may focus on your health and your loved ones. You pay nothing upfront and we are paid only when we successfully recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses.
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Holding Liable Parties Accountable
Our first step is to gather evidence of medical malpractice. We use these facts to identify the liable parties and seek compensation.
This evidence may include:
- Medical reports
- Surgical notes
- Blood tests
- Witness statements
- Photos of infection sites
- Previous complaints or violations
- Testimony from medical experts
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has a deep understanding of medical malpractice cases. We are a nationwide law firm and are familiar with California state statutes.
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Medical and Financial Consequences of Surgical Site Infections
According to the CDC, there were 772,000 surgical site infections in 2011. Every day, on average, over 200 people die from these infections.
People fighting an infection after surgery may also experience sepsis. In this condition, your body is reacting to an existing infection, and it can cause multiple systems in your body to respond with inflammation. Sepsis is serious enough that it can cause death if doctors do not treat it right away. People who survive a post-surgical infection and/or sepsis may have to deal with other factors when recovering, such as:
- Physical or mental disabilities
- Mental health conditions, such as PTSD
- Longer hospital stays
- Extra trips to the doctor
- Prolonged recovery
- Organ loss or damage
These and other health complications may also prevent you from returning to work. We work to recover damages to ease your financial burden of unexpected medical bills and lost pay.
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We Can File an Insurance Claim for You
A lawyer with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will compile all your receipts, bills, and other expenses. He or she can file a detailed claim with the liable party’s insurance carrier.
Often, we can negotiate an acceptable settlement. This eliminates the need and expense of going to trial. However, if the other side refuses to negotiate in good faith or rejects your claims, we can take your cause before the court.
Remember that you only have a limited time to take legal action due to the statute of limitations, which vary by state and type of claim. In California, the medical malpractice statute of limitations is anywhere from one to three years per California Code of Civil procedure § 340.5, depending on the circumstances.
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Damages for a Post-Surgical Infection Case
Your damages will depend on the severity of your injuries, the length of recovery, and whether you will be able to return to work.
In our experience, the most sought-after damages in a medical malpractice case include:
- Restorative or corrective medical care and treatment
- Lost pay while you were recovering from the infection
- Life care expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Disability or disfigurement
- Diminished earning capacity
A lawyer with the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can also help if you lost a family member due to a surgical site infection. This may be through a wrongful death claim or lawsuit.
Understanding Post-Surgical Infections
Most post-surgical infections occur within 30 days after surgery, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
There are three types of surgical site infections:
- Superficial incisional infections that affect only the area where the incision was made.
- Deep incisional infections, where the muscle and tissue underneath the incision site are infected.
- Organ or space infection, where a space between the organs, a body organ, or other areas beyond the incision site becomes infected.
These infections share some common symptoms as well as symptoms that are unique to their type and location.
Warning Signs and Symptoms of Post-Surgical Infections
The following are symptoms of surgical site infections, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine:
- Redness at the incision site
- Tenderness, warmth, or swelling
- Delayed healing
- Superficial and deep incisional infections that produce pus
- X-rays that show an abscess for a space infection
Post-surgical infections are usually treated with antibiotics, but sometimes additional surgery is needed.
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Reckless healthcare providers in California should be held accountable. A Los Angeles post-surgical infections lawyer will diligently pursue recovery on your behalf. To learn more about potential compensation, call the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 970-4884.