Anyone admitted to a hospital expects that they can trust the medical professionals to treat their condition without furthering harm. But many people may not know about the risks of catching a possibly fatal infection from the hospital. There will always be circumstantial factors, but here are some reasons why a hospital could be liable for infections.
In most cases, a medical professional is required to have a patient’s informed consent before performing any procedure. Informed consent means that the doctor gives you full information about the risks involved before you permit them to perform the medical procedure. That means that if you weren’t warned of the dangers of infections commonly spread at hospitals, such as MRSA and Sepsis, which can both be fatal, then the doctor or hospital could be liable.
While it is sometimes difficult to determine the causes of an infection, surgical errors are a common source of infection. In particular, the lack of sanitation during surgery can easily spread infection. When it comes to determining liability, there will also be the question of whether the doctor and staff involved were independently contracted or direct employees of the hospital.
Once the doctor discovers the infection, then it is up to them and the hospital to do their utmost to treat it, as well as minimize and prevent further injury. If the right actions weren’t taken in a timely manner, then it could be grounds for medical malpractice. Hospitals need to follow strict sanitation protocols at every point when a patient is in their care. And that is why the hospital could be liable if you received an infection there
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