Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureas, known as MRSA, is a particularly aggressive, treatment-resist form of staph infection. Although MRSA infections are on the rise in New Jersey, they are also entirely preventable. When doctors, hospitals and other medical professionals fail to follow proper sanitization procedures and you contract a MRSA infection, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim.
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While not every instance of MRSA infection will result in a valid claim for malpractice, our top-rated medical malpractice lawyers are here to evaluate your case for free. Because of our extensive experience, we have contacts in the medical community who can provide the expert testimony necessary to support your medical malpractice claim.
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MRSA is more dangerous than other types of infection because it is highly resistant to antibiotics. In addition to difficulty treating MRSA, MRSA infections are also dangerous because it is possible for a patient to be carrying MRSA without showing any visible symptoms. Usually, patients only begin to show symptoms once the MRSA infection has entered the bloodstream, whether through an open sore or use of contaminated medical equipment.
However, once MRSA infection victims become symptomatic, the following symptoms indicate the need for immediate treatment:
Although anyone can contract the MRSA infection, it tends to have a more dangerous and frequent impact on older patients whose medical condition may already be compromised. Nursing home residents are especially susceptible to the infection, especially if the nursing home fails to take proper precautions to provide sanitary conditions.
Despite this tendency, MRSA infections can spread through any type of facility where patients are kept in relatively close contact if appropriate safety measures are not taken. Once a doctor, healthcare professional or nursing home staff member identifies MRSA infection, the following steps can be critical to preventing its spread:
Unfortunately, these actions steps are the steps that healthcare professionals should take to prevent MRSA infection in the first place. Failure to take the simple steps necessary to protect patients from MRSA infection can amount to medical malpractice in many cases.
Patients infected with the MRSA infection can face a number of serious health complications that can result in death. Some of those complications can include:
Although the MRSA infection is difficult to treat, intravenous antibiotics and, in some cases, surgery, may improve the patient’s outcome. Unfortunately, MRSA infections almost always lead to even more time spent in the hospital for treatment, meaning that MRSA patients suffer increased:
When the MRSA infection itself could have been prevented by something as simple as washing hands or sanitizing medical equipment, a valid medical malpractice claim may exist.
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Once MRSA is identified, healthcare providers should take all necessary precautions to prevent its spread and treat infected patients. However, in many cases, the MRSA infection could have been prevented if proper precautions were taken in the first place.
Victims of medical negligence, including MRSA infection caused by negligent care, often don’t know how they contracted the infection—but they can usually point to the location where the infection arose. At Team Law, our experienced medical malpractice lawyers will investigate your claim to determine how you contracted the infection—and what could have been done to prevent it. We will:
Medical treatment is already expensive and can even be frightening. When contracting a MRSA infection adds to your burden, you deserve to be financially compensated. At Team Law, our medical malpractice lawyers are passionate about holding healthcare providers responsible for medical negligence.
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Like all cases, the available compensation will depend upon the impact that the MRSA infection had on you specifically. At Team Law, we get to know our clients personally so that we can compile a full list of the compensation you should rightfully receive, which may include:
– Hospital bills and surgical costs,
– Rehabilitative costs,
– The cost of ongoing treatment,
– Lost wages and lost future wages,
– Pain and suffering,
– Emotional distress,
– Loss of the company and support of a loved one if the MRSA infection resulted in death.
Yes. It’s possible for MRSA infection to spread in schools, gyms and even military barracks. However, studies show that around 85 percent of this type of infection are contracted in healthcare facilities—most commonly, in facilities providing patients with long-term care. This is because many of these patients already have a compromised autoimmune system or are vulnerable following a surgical procedure.
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