Portland Nursing Home Lawyer Explains that Sepsis in a Nursing Home Could be Nursing Home Malpractice
Placing a loved one in a nursing home is a serious decision. Not only financially, but also physically and emotionally. This is because the placement of a loved one in a nursing home signals that your loved one needs care and treatment that is above and beyond what you can provide at home. Thus, a nursing home allows a loved one to live a better live with the support of caretakers. This is a good solution that we expect to help our loved ones live a better life and a longer life. While most nursing homes in Oregon do just that, unfortunately some nursing homes make egregious mistakes and errors which could result in serious personal injuries. One such type of injury is sepsis and infections. It is important to realize that sepsis in a nursing home could be nursing home malpractice in Oregon.
Our Portland nursing home lawyer knows this and explains that sepsis in a nursing home could be nursing home malpractice for a number of reasons. This is because sepsis does not just appear, but is usually the prolonged manifestation of an infection which is not properly treated. Other times it could be due to a condition that is not well-treated either which results in serious injury.
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis is a state of being or a condition in your body that is a direct result from an infection that has festered and grown significantly. When your body detects this huge infection, your body will try to fight it off with an immune system response. This is usually a huge immune system response that is very powerful and is meant to kill off the foreign infection. The response is also by and through powerful chemicals that your body naturally produces. This response is very effective at fighting off infections.
However, the septic response is also very caustic and toxic. This means that it can also damage your body, especially your organs (brain especially), nerves (peripheral nerves in your fingers and toes especially), and other parts of your body. Victims who are injured with a septic response could suffer from serious and life-threatening conditions, including multiple organ failure.
Why Septic Response in a Nursing Home is Malpractice
Sepsis is a condition that usually means that something else was going on and not treated. A septic response is a very serious condition for that reason. But it also means that a septic response is also a very common cause of nursing home malpractice. This is because it acknowledges that a resident likely had a condition or group of conditions that resulted in serious infection or continuing infections that became uncontrollable.
Some of the most common sources of sepsis include the following:
- Bed sores or pressure sores
- Flu or other illnesses that are not timely treated
- Infected cuts or wounds
- Poor hygiene resulting in infections, especially to private areas like yeast infections
- Strep throat or other conditions which are not diagnosed and treated well
- Trach care or breathing tube care, and
- Many other conditions which could result in nursing home malpractice if sepsis develops.
Ask Our Portland Nursing Home Lawyer for Help with Sepsis Cases
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect contact the Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles, St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.
We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Nursing Home Abuse cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.
Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.