It is frightening to think that a person may go into the hospital and experience a sharp decline in his or her health, rather than improvement. Unfortunately, this does occur – and all too often. Medical error is a significant cause of severe injuries and deaths in our nation’s hospitals. One especially serious risk is the spread of infection, particularly the dangerous bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a hospital infection, you may have grounds for legal action against the parties who failed to protect you. This can help you win compensation for your resulting medical expenses, lost income, and other losses. To learn more, call the Des Moines personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233.
A Deadly Disease
MRSA can be spread when the bacteria are exposed to a skin laceration or mucus membrane (mouth, eyes, etc). It is notoriously difficult to treat, and can cause serious symptoms like:
- Heat and swelling around the infected area
- Shortness of breath
The dangers of MRSA are mostly related to the complications it can cause, which include blood poisoning, pneumonia, and toxic shock syndrome. In severe cases, tissue may even have to be amputated to prevent the further spread of infection.
Negligent Acts and MRSA
The dangers of MRSA have been clearly established for years; hospital employees understand the hazards of this disease and how to prevent it. Sadly, MRSA can usually be prevented with simple measures, such as:
- Screening new patients for infection
- Ensuring all staff wash hands carefully between patients
- Never using the same medical instrument on two or more patients
If you have become ill or lost a loved one because hospital workers failed to take these easy safety measures, our Iowa hospital infection attorneys will fight for fair compensation on your behalf.
The Des Moines hospital negligence attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. are committed to protecting your rights as a patient. To discuss how we can help you, contact us at (515) 705-0233.