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Experienced Baltimore Sepsis Attorney

Sepsis remains a leading cause of death in hospitals nationwide. In Maryland, the mortality rate from sepsis varies, but it remains a critical issue.

‍Sepsis is a serious condition that occurs when your body has an extreme response to an infection. This reaction can cause widespread inflammation, leading to tissue damage, organ failure, and even death if not treated promptly.

Sepsis is often linked to medical malpractice when healthcare providers fail to diagnose or treat infections properly, resulting in severe complications for patients.

If you are experiencing this situation, I understand how complex and overwhelming it can be.

As a dedicated legal professional, I am here to assist you in exploring all possible legal paths and options available to you.

You do not have to face this challenging time alone. If you require legal assistance, I am here to provide the support you need.

Causes and Risk Factors Leading to Sepsis

Sepsis can start from any kind of infection, whether it's bacterial, viral, or fungal. The most common sources of infections that lead to sepsis are:

  • The lungs (like pneumonia)
  • The urinary tract
  • The abdomen (like appendicitis)
  • The bloodstream

Certain people are at higher risk for developing sepsis, including:

  • Very young or very old individuals
  • People with weakened immune systems 
  • Those with medical conditions and chronic illnesses (such as diabetes or cancer)
  • Individuals with severe injuries or burns
  • Patients using invasive devices like catheters or breathing tubes
  • Those who have recently had surgery or been hospitalized

Signs of Sepsis and Septic Shock

Recognizing the signs of sepsis and septic shock early is essential for effective treatment and can be critical in a case of sepsis involving medical negligence.

Signs of Sepsis

  • High Fever or Hypothermia: A body temperature that is either significantly elevated or abnormally low.
  • Increased Heart Rate: A rapid heartbeat, often above 90 beats per minute.
  • Rapid Breathing: Breathing quickly, typically more than 20 breaths per minute.
  • Confusion or Disorientation: Changes in mental state, including confusion or difficulty concentrating.
  • Extreme Pain or Discomfort: Severe pain that feels worse than normal for the situation.
  • Sweaty or Clammy Skin: Skin that feels unusually damp, cool, or clammy to the touch.

Signs of a Septic Shock

  • Severe Drop in Blood Pressure: Critically low blood pressure that doesn't respond to fluid replacement, indicating the body's organs may not be receiving adequate blood flow.
  • Difficulty Breathing: Severe respiratory distress, which may require mechanical ventilation.
  • Organ Dysfunction: Signs of organ failure, such as reduced urine output, liver dysfunction, or heart problems.
  • Altered Mental State: Increased confusion, agitation, or loss of consciousness.

How to Know If You Have a Sepsis Malpractice Case

To determine if you have a sepsis malpractice case, you need to evaluate whether a healthcare provider's negligence led to harm. Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider fails to meet the standard of care, causing injury or worsening a patient's condition.

In the case of sepsis, you may have a malpractice claim if a doctor fails to properly diagnose and treat an infection. This negligence can result in severe infection and potentially life-threatening septic shock.

If you suspect that improper medical care contributed to your sepsis, it is important to consult with a legal professional to assess your situation and determine if you have grounds for a malpractice case.

Common Medical Errors Leading to Sepsis 

Several types of medical errors can lead to sepsis, including:

  • Misdiagnosis: Incorrectly diagnosing the patient's condition, leading to improper or delayed treatment. For example, mistaking sepsis for another illness can prevent the patient from receiving the critical care needed to manage the infection.
  • Delayed Treatment: Failure to recognize and treat sepsis in a timely manner. Sepsis requires prompt medical attention to prevent it from progressing to severe sepsis or septic shock.
  • Failure to Identify Infection: Not identifying the initial infection that led to sepsis. This can occur if the healthcare provider overlooks symptoms or fails to perform necessary diagnostic tests.
  • Inadequate Treatment: Providing insufficient or inappropriate treatment for the infection. This can include not prescribing the correct antibiotics or not administering them quickly enough.
  • Poor Monitoring: Failing to properly monitor patients who are at risk of developing sepsis, such as those who are post-operative or have weakened immune systems. Lack of vigilance can lead to missed warning signs and delayed intervention.
  • Infection Control Failures: Inadequate infection control practices in healthcare settings, such as poor hygiene, sterilization, or isolation procedures, can lead to the spread of infections that result in sepsis.

Why You Need a Sepsis Lawyer? 

When dealing with sepsis cases linked to medical malpractice, having legal representation is crucial. 

Sepsis can lead to severe health complications, long-term disabilities, and even death. Dealing with the legal system on your own can be overwhelming, especially when you are also coping with the physical and emotional toll of the illness.

A sepsis lawyer has the expertise to handle the complexities of your case, ensuring that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.

How a Lawyer Can Help

A sepsis lawyer provides invaluable assistance in several ways:

  • Case Evaluation: They will review your medical records and other evidence to determine if malpractice occurred.
  • Expert Consultation: They can consult with medical experts to strengthen your case.
  • Legal Strategy: They will develop a strategy tailored to your situation, whether it's negotiating a settlement or taking your case to trial.
  • Negotiation: They can negotiate with insurance companies and the defendants to secure a fair settlement.
  • Representation: They will represent you in court, presenting a compelling case on your behalf.

Statistics and Prevalence of Sepsis in Baltimore, Maryland

Sepsis is a major health issue in Baltimore, Maryland, just like in the rest of the country. Each year, over 1.7 million Americans get sepsis, and about 270,000 of them die from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In Maryland, sepsis is one of the top reasons people are admitted to the hospital. 

In Baltimore, the high rates of chronic diseases, combined with socio-economic challenges and healthcare access issues, contribute to the number of sepsis cases.

Legal Compensation for a Sepsis Medical Malpractice Claim

If you or a loved one has suffered from sepsis due to negligent medical malpractice, you may be entitled to legal compensation. 

Compensation aims to cover the various damages incurred due to the negligence of healthcare providers. Here are the types of compensation you may be able to recover in a sepsis medical malpractice claim:

Medical Expenses

Past and Future Medical Bills: Reimbursement for all medical costs related to the treatment of sepsis, including hospital stays, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, and ongoing care.

Lost Wages

Lost Income: Compensation for the income lost while recovering from sepsis, including time off work and any diminished earning capacity if you are unable to return to your previous employment.

Pain and Suffering

Physical and Emotional Distress: Damages for the physical pain and emotional suffering caused by the sepsis and its complications. This can include chronic pain, mental anguish, anxiety, and depression.

Loss of Consortium

Impact on Relationships: Compensation for the negative impact of sepsis on your relationships with your spouse and family, including loss of companionship and support.

Punitive Damages

Punishment for Gross Negligence: In cases where the healthcare provider's conduct was particularly egregious or reckless, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar behavior in the future.

Additional Costs

Other Related Expenses: Reimbursement for any other expenses related to your condition, such as travel costs for medical appointments, home modifications, or assistive devices, especially in cases of personal injury associated with sepsis.

To maximize your compensation, it is crucial to work with experienced medical malpractice attorneys who can effectively present your case.

They will gather the necessary evidence and advocate on your behalf to ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve for the harm suffered due to medical negligence.

Need Expert Legal Assistance for Your Medical Malpractice Sepsis Case?

Frank Spector has over 30 years of experience representing victims of medical malpractice, including those affected by sepsis. 

His knowledge and compassion are dedicated to securing the justice and compensation you deserve.

Don't face this challenging time alone. 

Call us today for a free consultation, and let Frank help you understand your legal options and build a strong case, especially if it involves failure to diagnose sepsis.

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