It is estimated that 28 to 50 percent of all sepsis cases are fatal.
Malman Law is a Chicago personal injury law firm dedicated to helping victims of nursing home negligence and abuse fight for just compensation. One of the most common – and most dangerous – results of inattentive nursing home care is sepsis. If you or a loved one has contracted sepsis in a nursing home, our lawyers will fight to win the compensation you deserve.
Sepsis is a serious medical condition that results from a person’s immune response to an infection. When the body tries to fight an infection, it releases immune chemicals into the bloodstream. In sepsis patients, this response triggers widespread inflammation, which can then lead to blood clots, impaired blood flow, and organ damage. In severe cases, organs such as the kidneys, liver, and lungs can fail, leading to septic shock and, ultimately, death.
Anyone can suffer from sepsis. However, it is most common among people with weakened
immune systems, including individuals age 65 and older. Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, and
liver disease can also put elderly patients at increased risk for contracting sepsis.
Sepsis is a serious concern for individuals living in nursing homes. Not only do nursing home residents have to worry about their medical condition contributing to an increased risk of sepsis, sadly, they also have to worry about nursing home negligence further increasing the risk as well. The inattentive care that pervades many nursing homes throughout Illinois often leaves residents – who come to these nursing homes for help – with conditions that can bring on sepsis and with little to no expert supervision when problems occur.
Fighting sepsis requires prompt, professional medical attention. Unfortunately, the reality is that many nursing homes are ill-equipped to diagnose and treat patients facing septic shock. This fact, coupled with the risk for other forms of negligent treatment in nursing homes, means that residents face some of the greatest risks for serious and fatal instances of sepsis nationwide. According to research:
It is estimated that 28 to 50 percent of all sepsis cases are fatal.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the sepsis mortality rate for individuals age 65 or older is nearly seven times the rate for younger patients.
The rate of sepsis cases in the United States is increasing, particularly among the elderly.
The OIG has also publicly stated that inadequate staffing is the most significant
factor leading to low ratings among nursing homes with high rates of sepsis hospitalization.
If you or a loved one is showing signs of sepsis, you should seek emergency medical attention. Sepsis can worsen quickly and lead to life-altering, and potentially fatal, consequences. The symptoms and warning signs of sepsis include:
Since these symptoms are common among many medical conditions, particularly among the elderly, sepsis can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. However, nursing home staff should be trained to spot sepsis, and nursing home residents suffering from viral or bacterial infections should be monitored closely for signs of sepsis.
If you or a loved one has suffered from sepsis in a nursing home, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. The attorneys at Malman Law have decades of experience helping victims of nursing home negligence and abuse recover millions of dollars for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses. Numerous forms of negligent care can lead or contribute to sepsis, including:
If you are concerned about the care that you or a loved one is receiving in a nursing home, Malman Law’s experienced Chicago sepsis attorneys, professional staff, and on-site nurse can help you evaluate your options and protect your legal rights.
Our lawyers are available to speak with you about your case. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, call the Chicago law offices of Malman Law 24/7 at (888) 562-0928 or send us an email now.
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