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Injuries from Hospital-Acquired Infections

Posted by Briggs Bedigian | Apr 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Hospitals are supposed to be a safe environment for individuals to recover from illness or injuries. Unfortunately, hospitals can also be breeding grounds for infection. When a person is already in a compromised state due to an illness or injury, a hospital-acquired infection can lead to devastating medical consequences.  If you believe that you are the victim of a hospital-acquired infection due to a hospital worker's medical malpractice, the team of personal injury attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian are standing by to help.

Hospital-Acquired Infections

A hospital-acquired infection is considered any form of infection that occurs in a hospital patient that does not stem from the original health concern that brought the patient to the hospital. An infection can even be considered a hospital-acquired infection if a person is diagnosed with the infection after leaving the hospital, as the incubation period for some infections can be several days long.

A hospital can be a hot-bed for the spread of infections and disease. Think about it—hospitals are filled to the brim with patients who are immunocompromised or otherwise susceptible to the spread of infection. When a patient with an infection enters a hospital, he or she is treated by doctors and hospital staff who come into contact with dozens of other patients each and every day. If a healthcare worker is careless about hygiene, an infection in a hospital can spread like wildfire. 

Knowing Your Rights After a Hospital-Acquired Infection

If you are suffering from complications arising from a hospital-acquired infection, you may have grounds to pursue a medical malpractice claim against the hospital to compensate for the injuries that you have suffered from the infection. 

If you were diagnosed with a hospital-acquired infection, you can be eligible to receive financial compensation from the hospital or negligent medical provider to cover injuries including:

  • Medical bills that you incurred as a result of treating the infection, including additional hospital stays, surgical procedures, and prescription medication or medical devices needed as a result of the infection;
  • Future medical treatment and medical care that is required after being diagnosed with your infection;
  • Income that you have lost due to having to miss work because of the hospital-acquired infection; 
  • Payment for physical pain that you have suffered as a result of the infection; 
  • Payment for emotional trauma that you endure--both past, present, and future--as a result of the injuries that you sustained from the infection, including depression, anxiety, or insomnia; and 
  • Compensation for the lack of support that you are able to provide to your spouse and family as a result of your injuries. 

Suffering from Complications from a Hospital-Acquired Infection? We Can Help

If you believe that you could be the victim of medical malpractice due to an infection that you acquired at a Philadelphia hospital, the time to speak with a personal injury attorney about your options is now. At Gilman & Bedigian, our team of attorneys is committed to medical malpractice victims of hospital infections obtain the financial compensation that they need and deserve after complications from a hospital infection. To speak with a member of our medical malpractice team about your injuries, fill out an online case evaluation form or call (800-529-6162 today. 

About the Author

Briggs Bedigian

H. Briggs Bedigian (“Briggs”) is a founding partner of Gilman & Bedigian, LLC.  Prior to forming Gilman & Bedigian, LLC, Briggs was a partner at Wais, Vogelstein and Bedigian, LLC, where he was the head of the firm's litigation practice.  Briggs' legal practice is focused on representing clients involved in medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. 

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