Sepsis occurs when your body has an extreme, life-threatening response to an existing fungal or bacterial infection. Nursing home residents are particularly vulnerable because they have several risk factors as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- They are adults aged 65 or older.
- They typically have weakened immune systems.
- They are more likely to have chronic medical conditions such as cancer, kidney disease, or diabetes.
A nursing home may be liable for a resident who develops sepsis if caregivers are negligent for the underlying infection, or if they did not treat sepsis promptly.
If you have a spouse, parent, or another family member who developed sepsis in a nursing home, please call our law firm. We will review your case and help you pursue compensation if there is evidence of liability.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for a free consultation: (800) 842-6336.
How Nursing Home Negligence Contributes to Sepsis
It is expected that nursing home staff will take reasonable measures to help prevent underlying or primary infections that could lead to sepsis.
These measures include:
- Moving bedridden patients regularly to prevent pressure ulcers and bedsores.
- Sterilizing IV needles, catheters, and other medical equipment.
- Following accepted medical standards when taking blood or giving medication or vaccines that penetrate the skin.
- Monitoring patients with respiratory infections for signs of pneumonia or bronchitis.
- Cleaning any cuts or open wounds properly.
- Making sure that residents with a diagnosed infection complete their course of antibiotics.
- Maintaining a clean and hygienic environment, including bathrooms, bed linens, towels, and clothing.
When nursing homes are negligent in the prevention of an infection that leads to sepsis, they may be held accountable for your loved one’s suffering and losses.
We Can Help You Pursue Compensation and Justice
The Pintas & Mullins Law Firm wants to prevent further suffering and economic loss caused by someone’s negligence. If we find that it is more likely than not that nursing home negligence contributed or caused your loved one’s sepsis, we will pursue compensation on your behalf.
You pay nothing upfront, and there are no out-of-pocket fees. We will take your case on a contingency-fee basis, so you do not pay unless we successfully recover awards for you and your family.
How We Hold Negligent Nursing Homes Accountable
If your loved one developed sepsis in a nursing home or assisted living facility (ALF), you should talk to a lawyer who understands these kinds of cases.
As your legal advocate, our lawyers will:
- Investigate the circumstances under which your loved one developed sepsis, including the underlying infection and subsequent care once sepsis occurred.
- Examine the timeline of events for signs of mismanagement, error, or failure to obtain the proper care for a sepsis patient.
- Conduct interviews with nursing home staff, residents, family members, and other witnesses.
- Secure medical experts to review the patient’s health history and records.
- Look for prior complaints, lawsuits, or violations related to similar cases.
Sepsis is a life-threatening, but preventable, condition. We can hold a negligent nursing home accountable when the staff does not provide adequate care. Contact the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today to learn more: (800) 842-6336.
Proving Liability for Sepsis in a Nursing Home
Any nursing home that overlooks negligence by its staff should be held responsible. You may be entitled to compensation if your loved one developed sepsis in their nursing home. We will prove liability by establishing the following conditions:
- The nursing home had a duty of care to take reasonable measures to prevent the underlying infection and to treat sepsis symptoms responsibly.
- The nursing home breached this duty of care by failing to treat the infection and its causes that led to sepsis.
- We present evidence that the nursing home’s failure caused the injury and losses.
A lawyer with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can determine if the nursing home breached its duty of care and is therefore liable for your loved one’s injuries and losses.
Seeking Compensation for Sepsis
If diagnosed quickly, there are effective treatments for sepsis. The usual treatment is a course of antibiotics and making sure that patients do not dehydrate from the high fever that can accompany this condition.
However, sepsis can be fatal. According to the CDC, out of the 1.7 million adults who contracted sepsis each year, about 270,000 of them pass away as a result.
Depending on your situation, a lawyer with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may seek awards for:
- Emergency medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Wrongful death
- And more if you qualify
We know that your loved one’s health and safety is your priority. Our legal team can pursue compensation on your behalf so that you can focus on your family. For a free consultation, call today: (800) 842-6336.
How We Pursue Losses on Your Behalf
The Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you recover losses in two ways:
- By filing a claim against the nursing home’s insurance.
- By filing a lawsuit against the nursing home and seeking a court award.
In our experience as nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers, some facilities do not want the negative publicity of a trial. Other times, it may be in your best interest to pursue compensation and justice in court.
Each state has a different statute of limitations for legal action. You should have the chance to explore all potential options, so we recommend that you contact our nationwide firm today.
Know the Signs of Sepsis
There is a risk of sepsis whenever a person has an infection. According to the CDC, the primary symptoms of this fast-moving and potentially fatal condition are:
- Fever or chills
- Elevated heart rate
- Confusion or feeling disoriented
- Pain, sometimes extreme
- Shortness of breath
- Sweaty or clammy skin
People with sepsis need medical care right away, especially in older adults with other health issues.
Call for a Free Consultation
If your spouse or parent developed sepsis due to negligent or even questionable care while in a nursing home, call the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for a free consultation: (800) 842-6336.