Infections can occur as an unfortunate consequence of medical treatment, but sometimes, healthcare professionals may be held accountable for failing to timely diagnose or treat infections.
To pursue an infection medical malpractice claim, patients must demonstrate that the healthcare provider knew or should have known that an infection was present and that they failed to adhere to the standard of care expected from a competent professional in similar circumstances. When infections are not promptly diagnosed or adequately treated, patients may suffer from prolonged illness, complications, otherwise unnecessary surgery, extended hospital stays, and increased risk of long-term health issues or even death.
Medical malpractice cases, including failure to timely diagnose and treat infection claims, are complex and require the expertise of experienced attorneys, such as Todd Hendrickson. Todd limits his practice to medical malpractice law and possesses the knowledge to navigate the intricate legal process, gather evidence, consult with medical experts, and build a strong case.
Todd has represented patients who were harmed when doctors and nurses failed to timely diagnose infections involving abdominal surgical cases, topical infections such as cellulitis, and complex and devastating infections following orthopedic surgeries involving the spine, knees, hips and shoulders.
If you or a loved one has suffered such complications, contact St. Louis hospital and nursing home infection lawyer Todd N. Hendrickson to discuss the details.
What to do if you suspect neglect: Immediately begin to take notes and record important events such as surgeries, tests, reports of labs. Make notes of the names of the doctors, nurses and other health care providers involved. Ask questions—why did this happen? What is the treatment? What's next? Try to have a family member present when you speak to doctors about your care. If you are hospitalized, you may want to consider transferring to another facility. And most important, contact a qualified medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.