Nursing Home Injury Lawyer Helps Elderly Residents Who Have Developed Sepsis in New Jersey Nursing Homes
Sepsis, an infection that prevents the body from effectively responding to bacteria in the bloodstream, can be deadly. When an elderly person contracts sepsis, the consequences are often severe, including serious health complications and even death. In fact, sepsis has a frighteningly high mortality rate. If your loved one has suffered from sepsis, it is crucial that you act quickly to speak with qualified legal representation who knows how to hold negligent nursing home staff accountable for their actions.
If your elderly family member has suffered from nursing home negligence that resulted in sepsis or other injury, call Sugarman Law today. Our personal injury team at Sugarman Law includes experienced nursing home negligence lawyers who are dedicated to helping clients seek compensation for nursing home injuries that occur in New Jersey. Our attorneys represent nursing home injury victims all over New Jersey from Atlantic County to Hudson County and every town in between. We know what it takes to win these kinds of cases and we are passionate about fighting for your loved one’s rights. We are quite proud of the fact that families affected by nursing home negligence have put their faith and trust in Sugarman Law.
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis, also known as septicemia, is a serious bacterial blood infection that is among the most common nursing home injuries and often a major issue in doctor and nursing home negligence cases. It is a bacterial or fungal infection that spreads through the bloodstream. When the white blood cells are overwhelmed by bacteria, sepsis can result. Sepsis may also be accompanied by a central nervous system infection like meningitis.
The common signs of sepsis include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Low blood pressure
- Joint pain
- Skin rash
- Difficulty urinating
- Loss of appetite
These are the things that you should be vigilant about looking for when visiting your elderly loved one in an assisted living facility or nursing home.
What are the Causes of Sepsis?
Sepsis is caused by bacteria that enter through open wounds, ulcers, bed sores, and other infected areas. Some of the specific causes of sepsis include:
- Nursing home staff members fail to treat infections
- Nursing home staff fails to closely monitor patients with catheters and IV lines
- Irregular changing of patients’ linens
- Failure to change patients’ clothes every day
- Failure to treat open wounds or bedsores
- Failure to clean and disinfect nursing home areas
- Doctor’s failure to perform thorough exam and physical checkup
- Contaminated medical equipment
- Nursing home staff fails to regularly wash their hands or use gloves
- Nursing staff not trained to identify early symptoms of sepsis or other infectious diseases
- Nursing staff failed to follow infection control guidelines
Sepsis must be properly diagnosed and treated immediately, often with powerful antibiotics. Although sepsis can be treated rather easily if it is diagnosed at an early stage, any delay in treatment caused by a misdiagnosis may be deadly because bacteria can quickly take over the body. One of the immediate consequences of sepsis is extremely low blood pressure. Sepsis can also cause the kidneys to fail, as well as inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), an inflammatory state that affects the whole body. Additionally, sepsis can lead to septic shock in the body because elderly people tend to have weak immune systems. Once sepsis progresses to an advanced stage, it can result in organ loss, amputations, brain damage, and even wrongful death.
Barry Sugarman is an Experienced NJ Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Who Can Help You with Your Sepsis Case
You’ve trusted the nursing home to care for your elderly loved one and they’ve let you down. The facility failed to maintain a sterile environment. If your elderly loved one has contracted sepsis, it is a major sign of nursing home abuse or neglect.
Since 1991, Barry Sugarman has not only prosecuted negligent nursing homes, he has also taught other lawyers how to handle these important cases by regularly lecturing at legal seminars for elder care injury attorneys. Mr. Sugarman and the experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at Sugarman Law have the knowledge and expertise needed to protect your family and secure compensation for your loved one. He has obtained compensation for families impacted by nursing home negligence; read more about the firm’s successful outcomes.
Do not hesitate to contact Mr. Sugarman today to investigate your case and determine if the nursing home is liable for your loved one’s sepsis. You can call or email Mr. Sugarman to schedule a free consultation at his offices in Somerville or Marlton. Sugarman Law works with families throughout New Jersey; he can help you, too.
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