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MRSA Infections

MRSA infections occur as a result of sanitary procedures not being followed properly. Hospitals, medical facilities, and long-term care facilities can be cesspools for bacterial growth and antibiotic-resistant infections that can wreak havoc on people in those facilities. When the staff fails to follow the basic sanitary procedures in the facility to ensure there is no bacteria growth, the patients that they should be caring for could end up worse off because of a MRSA infection.  If you or a loved one contracted MRSA from a medical facility, you may be entitled to compensation and should contact a medical malpractice  attorney as soon as possible.

What is MRSA?

MRSA is a serious infection that occurs through contact with infected wounds or using/sharing items that have touched an infected wound and was not properly sanitized afterwards. A person is at more risk of getting a MRSA infection in medical facilities or hospitals. Most commonly, these infections are caused by healthcare-associated MRSA. Infections can spread very easily in medical facilities if the staff fails to follow the strict sanitary procedures that are required in these settings.

Symptoms of MRSA

There are several symptoms of MRSA that you should be aware of, including:

  • Swollen and painful bumps that resemble spider bites or pimples
  • Fever
  • The affected area is warm to the touch.
  • If you notice the affected area has pus or drainage.
  • Redness
  • Swelling

What makes this type of infection even more dangerous is that the people in these medical facilities are often at a higher risk for MRSA and severe side effects because they have may already have compromised health.

Who is at Risk for MRSA?

Since MRSA is more prevalent in places like nursing homes and hospitals, it is important to know who’s at the highest risk for contracting MRSA. Those who are most risk for this infection includes:

  • Older/elderly patients
  • Patients with a compromised immune system
  • Patients who undergo such invasive procedures as joint surgery and getting a catheter put in.
  • Getting an IV line

MRSA can be so scary because these infections can spread very quickly and easily in unsanitary conditions, in only a short time. Outbreaks need to be identified as soon as possible to reduce the risk to others. It is also important to know that there have also been outbreaks of MRSA in jails, daycare/childcare centers, and in military facilities. To prevent this issue from even occurring, it is important that the center practices all of the proper sanitary procedures including properly covering wounds, washing hands, and ensuring that medical equipment, linens, and surfaces are properly cleaned.

Can MRSA be Caused by Negligence?

One of the biggest questions that you may have if you were infected with MRSA is whether this can be caused by negligence. There are some cases where MRSA can be caused by negligence such as delayed treatment, surgical neglect, and improper disinfection/sterilization.

  • Delayed treatment means that the patient was either misdiagnosed or was not given the proper treatment for MRSA in a timely fashion. This generally leads to a more serious infection. MRSA can be hard to diagnose, but the healthcare professionals should be focused on patients who may be at risk for this infection.
  • Surgical neglect is another type of neglect that could lead to a MRSA infection. Surgical patients are at a high risk for MRSA and other infections, which is why doctors and other medical staff should be as careful as possible to prevent infection in these patients.
  • If the staff fails to properly sterilize and disinfect the facility, then this is negligence. Bacteria and other germs are very prevalent in these medical facilities, so it is essential that the proper sterilization and disinfection protocols are followed. Failure to do so makes them liable for any MRSA infections that occur as a result.

If the MRSA infection was the result of negligence, you can seek out damages because the facility is likely liable for your injuries.

MRSA Malpractice Cases

Medical malpractice claims, especially MRSA infection claims, have 4 elements that need to be considered to determine whether you have a case.

Duty of Care

One of the things that must be proven to win your claim is that you were owed a duty of care. This means that you get care according to the industry standards. In the case of MRSA infection claims, this means that the staff followed specific protocols to prevent MRSA infections from spreading within the hospital or medical facility.

Breach of Duty of Care

What this means is that the duty of care was breached by the medical professionals and staff that you trusted with providing adequate care. Medical malpactice can happen in a few different ways. One way is that the sanitary procedures were not properly followed for whatever reason that day. This also means that the medical staff who worked with patients did not properly wash their hands. There are also situations where treatment was delayed or due to a misdiagnosis.

The Breach of Duty of Care Was Responsible for Infection

There needs to be evidence that the breach of duty of care was what led to the MRSA infection. This can be one of the most difficult parts of these claims as it is hard to prove when and how the infection occurred without a lot of evidence. The medical malpractice lawyers at The Injury Firm can help you compile the evidence necessary for a Medical Malpractice claim.

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Damages

Lastly, you need to prove that you suffered damages because of the MRSA infection. This is where you will recover medical malpractice money for your current and future medical bills, current and future lost wages, and other damages like pain and suffering and punitive damages.

Contact a Malpractice Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one contracted MRSA at a hospital or medical facility like a nursing home, there is a chance that you may be eligible for medical malpractice compensation. Our firm has years of experience handling medical malpractice claims, especially for MRSA infections. We work closely with our clients to ensure that they know exactly what to expect throughout the process and work to get them the best possible outcomes for their case. Contact us today to see how we can help you.

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