Pittsburgh Lawyers Representing Victims Of Hospital Infections
People enter a hospital to get better, but unfortunately they often become more sick or even die while there, and one of the most common causes is hospital-acquired infections. People expect hospitals to be among the cleanest and most sterile places to be on earth, but in reality they are breeding grounds for all sorts of bacteria. While it is not possible to prevent all infections, it should be possible to properly treat them to limit harm to the patient. Usually, that means the doctor has to first diagnose the infection and then give the proper antibiotics to treat it.
I'm attorney John Gismondi, founder of Gismondi & Associates. We are lawyers who represent people in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania who have been injured as a result of infections acquired during surgery or other medical procedures. A powerful lawsuit can provide full and complete compensation for you, and it can also send a strong message that will help to prevent some other person from being injured by a similar mistake or accident.
Why Was My Infection Not Diagnosed Or Treated?
Many times people who have recently had surgery develop infections at the suture line or inside at the site of the surgery. They return to the doctor complaining of pain or drainage, but the doctor does not do the appropriate tests to discover the infection. Most infection can be discovered through blood work or a culture (draining fluid from the site and looking at it under a microscope). Either way, the critical thing is for the doctor to identify the infection and give the appropriate antibiotics.
There are procedures that hospitals use to reduce the risk of infection. However, exposure to dangerous bacteria can still occur from the use of unsterilized equipment, from a doctor not washing his hands, from improper use of a catheter or other lapses in infection control. Most personal injury lawsuits result not from exposure to bacteria but from the hospital's or doctor's failure to timely diagnose and treat the infection.
A Lawsuit Provides Compensation ... And More
We wish that we could turn back the hands of time and undo what has happened to you or your family. Unfortunately, no lawyer has that power. However, with a successful lawsuit we can reduce the burdens you face by obtaining full and complete compensation for everything that you have experienced as a result of your injury or the death of a family member ... mounting medical bills, lost wages, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, and perhaps most importantly, the loss of the relationship and companionship of a loved one.
We will also fight for compensation to cover everything that you may face in the future. Infection cases often involve long-term needs for things such as future surgeries, specialized equipment, personal attendant care and much more. Our goal is to provide full compensation for all of those needs so that you or your loved one can enjoy the very best quality of life possible and make the most of a difficult situation. After all, that is the least that you are entitled to.
Aside from providing you with full and complete compensation, a lawsuit can do one other very important thing: It can force changes to be made by the doctor or hospital that caused the injury to you or a loved one so that no other person or family has to go through what you have.
Our Experience With Infection Cases
Over the years, the attorneys at Gismondi & Associates have handled a variety of cases involving failure to properly treat infection, including:
- A million-dollar recovery in a case involving a Beaver County woman who died after kidney stone surgery because her doctor did not diagnose and treat a urinary tract infection before surgery.
- A million-dollar recovery for a woman who died from a Clostridium difficile infection after the delivery of a newborn baby.
- A large six-figure award for a man from Pittsburgh who went to the emergency room with an infection that wasn't discovered and then he went on to develop fatal sepsis (infection in the blood stream) at home.
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If you or a loved one has been injured by a hospital infection, call us now for a free consultation toll free at 1-888-529-1255. And remember, we always return phone calls. Our law office is in Pittsburgh and our attorneys handle medical malpractice cases throughout Pennsylvania.