sepsis malpractice

Our team of medical malpractice attorneys fight for injured parties in Washington D.C. and across Maryland

Sepsis, or blood poisoning, is a dangerous condition with potentially life-threatening consequences. While the infection can originate from a variety of causes, it is sometimes the result of negligent actions by a medical care provider. In addition, even in situations where the physician is not at fault, failure to diagnose and treat sepsis in a timely manner can prove deadly. If you or your loved one was diagnosed with sepsis, count on the law firm of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. for reliable advice about your medical malpractice claim.

Learn more about sepsis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define sepsis as “a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection.” When the body senses an infection, it releases immune chemicals into the bloodstream. These chemicals can cause relaxation of blood vessels within the body, leading to the development of dangerous low blood pressure. The blood is not able to adequately flow through the arteries and veins, which deprives the organs and brain of necessary oxygen and nutrients.

Sepsis can occur at any time, in response to any level of infection; but it is most commonly associated with conditions like pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and peritonitis. Some of the germs often associated with sepsis include staph, e. coli, and strep.

Advocating for the rights of sepsis victims

There are numerous ways that the negligent actions of a health care professional can lead to the development of sepsis. Some of these include:

  • Improper catheter care. Catheters are often used in medical care environments. If they are inserted improperly, or handled without proper sanitary measures, urinary tract infections can develop. Left untreated, these infections can develop into sepsis.
  • Bedsores. For bedridden patients, the development of bedsores is a serious risk. If care providers or nursing staff members are not taking proper measures to prevent these painful lesions, sepsis can arise from the sores.
  • Perforated bowel. If a surgeon inadvertently causes a bowel perforation and fails to timely recognize it, peritonitis and sepsis may result.

Contact experienced medical malpractice attorneys serving clients in Washington D.C., Baltimore, and across Maryland

If you or your loved one contracted sepsis while under medical care, let the law firm with more than three decades of medical malpractice representation advocate for full and fair compensation for you. With offices in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, the attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. have earned a reputation for success, due to their unyielding commitment to clients. Put their award-winning experience to work for you by contacting the office at 410-234-1000.