An infection occurs when a disease-producing microorganism invades the body and begins to multiply. Most of the time, the body’s defenses can destroy these harmful microorganisms. However, in cases of massive infection or in individuals with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly or patients with AIDs, these defenses can be overwhelmed. Severe or life threatening infections can result.
There are several instances in which infections may form the basis for personal injury or medical malpractice litigation. If, for example, a patient develops a postoperative infection because the surgeon did not perform up to the standard of care, that surgeon may be liable for medical malpractice. Likewise, a doctor who does not recognize or respond to the symptoms of massive bodily infection such as sepsis may also be legally liable.
Cases in which individuals have been infected with HIV, hepatitis C, or other severe or chronic infections due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party may also be grounds for personal injury litigation. Negligent parties may include pharmaceutical companies, medical personnel, or individuals.
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If you or a loved one suffered a serious infection as a result of negligence you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact an experienced lawyer to learn more about your legal rights.