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As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across Florida and the country, many medical providers are racing to determine the best ways to respond. Our health workers are on the front lines of battling the outbreak, and they and their families are facing an increased risk of contracting the virus. Meanwhile, there is concern from patients that they are not able to be diagnosed or in some cases that they are improperly diagnosed. Patients in hospitals for unrelated reasons may also be at higher risk of catching the disease as well, particularly if the proper precautions aren’t in place. medical malpractice

Our South Florida medical malpractice attorneys recognize that this is a dynamic situation. As of this writing, The New York Times reports nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and that figure is expected to increase exponentially, particularly as more tests become available.

Currently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates those over 60 are at highest risk of falling seriously ill or dying. Others at high risk are those with lung disease, heart disease, diabetes and weakened immune systems. Anyone who thinks they might be ill are advised to contact their primary doctor ahead of time, which will allow the physician and/or hospital to prepare and implement measures to reduce the risk of infection to themselves and others. Continue reading

This flu season has been a brutal one, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting more than 60,000 cases since October resulting in hundreds of deaths. Although the flu is a fairly common viral infection, one of the most severe complications is sepsis. This is a type of bacterial blood infection that is the body’s overwhelming response to some other infection and can follow not just the flu but pneumonia, urinary tract infections, bedsores, surgery wounds, intravenous lines and other conditions.medical malpractice attorney

Symptoms of sepsis include:

  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Pale or discolored skin
  • Rapid breathing/ shortness of breath
  • Extreme pain/ discomfort
  • Sudden confusion
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Kidney failure

Sepsis can be fatal (it’s the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association) and must be treated rapidly and appropriately. Young children, the elderly, those suffering from chronic diseases and weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable. Even those who survive may have long-term complications, including kidney damage requiring lifelong dialysis.

A diagnosis of sepsis or septic shock alone is not proof of medical malpractice, even in cases of death. However, if the initial infection or the development of sepsis was hospital-acquired or if it was improperly treated, there may be grounds for a South Florida medical malpractice lawsuit.  Continue reading