Sepsis or Infection Injuries
Billions Won by Our Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Sepsis or septicemia is a severe illness in which the bloodstream is overwhelmed by bacteria and can cause the entire body to be in an inflammatory state called systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) or septic shock. A lay term for sepsis is blood poisoning.
Failure to diagnose and failure to treat your infection is a form of medical negligence. The award-winning Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys at The Beasley Firm have decades of experience handling medical malpractice cases, and we have secured hundreds of millions for the victims of malpractice. If you suffered from sepsis or blood poisoning during a hospital stay, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and medical costs.
Call our award-winning firm at (215) 866-2424 to discuss your case in a free legal consultation.
Development of Sepsis / Infection
Sepsis can start out as a bacterial infection anywhere in the body. Common places where an infection may start include:
- The bowel or intestines (bowel perforations or peritonitis)
- Kidneys (pyelonephritis)
- Bladder (urinary tract infection or urosepsis)
- Lining of the brain (meningitis)
- Gallbladder (cholecystitis or bile duct injury)
- Lungs (pneumonia)
- Skin (cellulitis or decubitus ulcers and bedsores)
- Bone (osteomyelitis)
- Blood stream from intravenous lines (IV's), PICC lines, Central lines, umbilical artery (UA) lines or umbilical vein (UV) lines
- Surgical wound or incision
- Surgical drain
- Dialysis catheter or shunt
- Ventriculostomy or shunt
Neonatal sepsis, or an infection in a newborn, is usually caused by prolonged rupture of the membranes, amniotic sac or water bag, Group B strep, Chlamydia, meconium aspiration, infected central lines or umbilical lines, or untreated necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).
If an infection is not properly diagnosed and treated right away, it can lead to the bacteria taking over the body and causing a reaction that damages the vascular system, leading to a very low blood pressure and lack of blood and oxygen to the major organs such as the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and extremities.
Why You Need The Beasley Firm
Our highly specialized medical malpractice team consists of doctors and nurses who have spent thousands of hours at patient's bedsides treating individuals with overwhelming infections and sepsis. Our medical background, our thorough and relentless trial preparation, and our willingness to try cases has made us a formidable opponent for the Pennsylvania's negligent hospitals and healthcare providers.
Due to our exhaustive preparation and trial skill, our firm has achieved:
- 300+ verdicts & settlements larger than $1 million
- The two largest malpractice verdicts in Pennsylvania ($100 million & $55 million)
- More than $2 billion in court awards for injured clients since 1958
- Inclusion in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list for 10 years running
What sets us apart from other lawyers is our fierce dedication to helping everyday people receive the money and support they need to recover from their suffering. Every one of our verdicts and settlements contributed to the security, health, and happiness of our clients-no result is more important to us than that. That's why we spend every resource and work around the clock in order to develop the strongest cases possible for our clients.
Symptoms & Treatment for Sepsis or Infection
Patients who are septic or in septic shock are usually treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) with intravenous fluids and IV antibiotics. If fluid replacement is not enough to keep the blood pressure elevated at a safe level, medications called vasopressors may be used. In addition, a ventilator (breathing machine) or dialysis may be used to help support the lungs and kidneys.
A patient who develops sepsis or an overwhelming infection may have the following:
- A high fever or low body temperature
- Elevated white blood cell count (wbc)
- Elevated heart rate or tachycardia
- Fast breathing or tachypnea
- Cold and clammy skin
- Pale skin
- Mottling of the skin or a purplish color to the skin
- Low pulse oximetry or low oxygen level
- A bluish color around the mouth or on the fingernails
- Low urine output or oliguria/anuria
- Confusion or a change in mental status
- Chills or shaking
- Skin rash
If sepsis or an infection is not diagnosed and treated properly it can lead to septic shock, multi-system organ damage, amputations, brain damage, encephalopathy or even death. If you, your baby, or loved one has suffered due to an infection that was not properly treated, please feel free to contact one of our experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at (215) 866-2424.