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Sepsis is a very serious illness. Sometimes, surgeons make mistakes, such as perforating a bowel, that result in sepsis. Other times, doctors take too long to identify and treat sepsis. This could lead to devastating complications and even death. These scenarios, and others, could be medical negligence. Read on to learn more about sepsis. If you or a loved one suffered complications from sepsis, you might have a medical malpractice case. Contact our medical malpractice lawyers today for a free consultation.
Sepsis and Medical Malpractice
If you, or a loved one, were diagnosed with sepsis and suffered serious injury as a result, the hospital and medical providers may have been negligent, in either causing the sepsis, or failing to timely diagnose or treat it.
There are two scenarios in which a medical malpractice claim may be appropriate following a diagnosis of sepsis. First, if the sepsis was negligently caused by the doctor or hospital in some way, i.e. failure to properly sterilize surgical instruments, use proper hand-washing or just general unsanitary conditions. The second, and more common, medical malpractice claim related to sepsis is a failure to timely diagnose and treat.
In either scenario, the hospital and medical providers could be held liable if they breached the standard of care and if the breach caused the injury. If those factors are met, then you may have a viable medical malpractice case.
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I think my doctor made a mistake. What next?
If you believe that you or a loved one suffered injury and damages due to negligence at the hands of medical professionals, contact Hoffer & Sheremet. The next steps would typically include the following:
- Gather and review medical records;
- Retain expert witnesses;
- Speak to treatment providers about your prognosis;
- Interview you and close loved ones regarding the impact the injury has had on your life;
- Calculate your medical expenses, out of pocket expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings and other economic damages;
- Send a demand letter to the hospital and medical providers to attempt pre-suit settlement;
- Serve a Notice of Intent on the hospital and medical providers;
- At the expiration of the Notice of Intent waiting period, file the Complaint and Affidavit of Merit to initiate litigation;
- Conduct discovery;
- Handle motions, court proceedings, and facilitation;
- Try the case if there is no settlement.
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You, or a loved one, injured because of a hospital or medical provider’s failure to timely diagnose and treat sepsis may be entitled to compensation in the form of economic and non-economic damages. The amount of compensation is determined by many factors, including the severity of the injury, the impact on the patient’s ability to lead his or her life, medical costs, lost wages and loss of future earnings. Unless the injury caused by the medical malpractice is hemi- para- or quadriplegia, permanently impaired cognitive capacity, or permanent loss of or damage to a reproductive organ resulting in an inability to have children, the non-economic damages like pain and suffering will be limited to a maximum of $477,900. If the lawsuit is on behalf of a deceased patient, compensation is dictated by Michigan’s wrongful death act and includes reasonable medical, hospital, funeral and burial expenses, reasonable compensation for the conscious pain and suffering of the patient between the time of the injury and his or her death, and damages for loss of financial support and society and companionship of the deceased.