Atlanta Failure to Treat Sepsis Attorney
What Happens If Sepsis Goes Untreated?
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition that can develop in an infection. According to the Mayo Clinic, sepsis is caused by chemicals the body releases into the blood stream to fight infection, which trigger inflammatory responses. The inflammation can trigger changes in the body that damage multiple organs, and potentially causing them to fail.
Sepsis can be fatal. When medical professionals delay the diagnosis or fail to treat sepsis, the patient may suffer serious injury or death. Injured patients and families of the deceased have the right to seek compensation in medical malpractice or wrongful death claims.
If you have been injured a lost a loved one because of failure to treat sepsis, Grant Law Office can help. Contact our office to schedule a free case consultation, at no obligation.
Our Atlanta personal injury attorneys have been providing effective representation to people injured by medical negligence for more than 30 years. Wayne Grant is an American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA) Board Certified Medical Malpractice Lawyer who represents plaintiffs in a range of medical negligence cases.
Facts About Sepsis
An article published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that more than 750,000 adults are diagnosed with some stage of sepsis every year in the U.S., with a mortality rate greater than 30%. Costs attributable to sepsis are estimated at more than $10 billion per year.According to the Mayo Clinic, many doctors see sepsis as a syndrome that occurs in three stages, each presenting different symptoms:
- Sepsis: A diagnosis of sepsis is made when the patient has a probable or confirmed infection and two of the following symptoms: Heart rate higher than 90 beats per minute; body temperature above 101 F or below 98.6 F; and respiratory rate higher than 20 breaths per minute.
- Severe Sepsis: Symptoms that indicate an organ may be failing upgrade the diagnosis to severe sepsis. Possible symptoms include: Abdominal pain; difficulty breathing; significant decrease in urine output; abnormal pumping function of the heart; decreased platelet count in the blood; and an abrupt change in mental state.
- Septic Shock: A patient who has the symptoms of severe sepsis plus very low blood pressure that does not respond to fluid replacement will be diagnosed with septic shock.
Medical Malpractice Attorney for Failure to Treat Sepsis in Atlanta
According to the Department of Health and Human Services article on sepsis, early and timely intervention through antibiotics, fluid resuscitation, source control, and medical assessment can weaken and hinder the course of the disease, reducing the risk of death. Physicians and medical professionals who fail to diagnose and properly treat sepsis in a timely manner risk the health and lives of their patients.
At the Grant Law Office, our Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers represent patients and their families who have been injured or died because of medical professionals’ failure to diagnose and treat sepsis. We have a successful track record recovering compensation for our clients in medical malpractice cases, including multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. You can be confident that our dedicated legal team will provide you with top quality representation in your medical malpractice claim. Grant Law Office can be reached at (866) 249-5513.