Ohio Hospital Negligence Lawyer and Medical Malpractice Attorney investigates sepsis misdiagnosis lawsuits for injured plaintiffs nationwide
Sepsis is the body’s toxic life-threatening response to infection that commonly leads to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. The immune system, when functioning properly, works to fight off dangerous bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites in order to prevent infection. If an infection is present, the immune system attempts to fight it, often with the help of antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, and antiparasitics. Sometimes, however, the immune system turns on itself, and triggers a septic response.
Sepsis is an acute illness requiring urgent treatment to prevent permanent injury and death. Sepsis can begin with merely a minor infection and the body can self-destruct by attacking its own tissue and internal organs. Sepsis misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or a failure to diagnose can lead to wrongful death and the premature loss of a loved one.
Joe Lyon is an experienced medical malpractice lawyer and delayed diagnosis attorney investigating sepsis misdiagnosis lawsuits and failure to diagnose cases for plaintiffs nationwide.
Sepsis Symptoms & Delayed Diagnosis
Certain groups of individuals are more susceptible to sepsis, including patients with diabetes, cancer, HIV infection or those who are immunosuppressed. The elderly and newborns are at a higher risk, and physicians should be aware of a patient’s vulnerabilties.
It is crucial for hospital staff, nurses, nurse practitioners, and doctors to recognize the signs of sepsis and septic shock before a patient succumbs to the dangerous condition. Common symptoms may include the following:
- Extremes of body temperature
- Frantic breathing patterns
- Rapid heartbeat with rapid deterioration
- Chronic fatigue
- Muscle and joint pain
- Deteriorating mental state
- Decrease of systolic blood pressure
- Difficulty passing urine
- Unusual skin problems
- High levels of lactic acid in the blood
Sepsis Misdiagnosis Lawsuits & Medical Malpractice
Delayed treatment of a failure to diagnose sepsis can be devastating and deadly. Severe injury and fatal outcomes can be prevented, however, when doctors and nurses remain cautious and perform their duties as medical professionals. Amputations, brain injuries and death are not uncommon following sepsis misdiagnosis, and legal action may be necessary to hold those liable responsible and prevent future injuries to other patients.
Healthcare facilities and staff should be aware of all the warning signs of sepsis and septic shock, particularly with diabetics and cancer patients at higher risk. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious, permanent injury or preventable death, due to a delayed treatment, failure to diagnose sepsis misdiagnosis, you may be able to recover medical costs, long-term disability and other damages.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to delayed treatment or a failure to diagnose, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding sepsis misdiagnosis lawsuits.