Hospital-Acquired Infections

Though hospitals are typically environments in which the patients should emerge healthier than when he or she entered, this is not always the case. Sometimes patients suffer from hospital-acquired infections (also known as nosocomial infections.) Because hospital patients tend to have weaker immune systems than the average person, extra precautions should be taken by the hospital staff and maintenance crew to ensure that the conditions are as sterile as possible.

If a medical practitioner or sanitary worker does not adhere to optimal standards in cleanliness and/or treatment, he or she should be held accountable for their actions. If you or someone you love has acquired an infection at a hospital due to the negligent behavior of a third party, contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally at 800-763-0964.

Ways to Acquire a Nosocomial Infection

Infections can be spread in many different ways. Some common examples are:

  • Direct or indirect contact transmission (the most common form of acquisition)
  • Coughing, sneezing, or talking
  • Airborne transmission (If a patient is highly contagious, special air handling or ventilation should be employed.)
  • Contaminated food, water, medicines, devices or other equipment
  • Mosquitoes, rats, flies, or other vermin

Hospital-acquired infections are extremely common. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that there are about 1.7 million cases of hospital-acquired infections in the United States each year. Of those infections, 99,000 lead to fatalities. If this has happened to you or a loved one and could have been prevented, it is important to contact an attorney to make sure your rights are represented in a court of law.

Contact Us

To learn more about hospital-acquired infections and your legal rights as a hospital patient, call the Phoenix personal injury lawyers of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally at 800-763-0964 today.

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