Most times an infection is an annoyance. We have all had an infection at one point of our lives, even if just a cold. In fact, an infection is a rather common ailment and most people know about infections, how to recognize them, and how to treat them. Most infections go away on their own or with some over-the-counter care. Other times a simple trip to a primary care physician can get the treatment needed to treat an infection. In rare instances, infections become severe enough that a trip to the emergency room is necessary to care for the patient and assess what type of infection is attacking a patient. These infections are dangerous, but usually treatable. However, one of the most dangerous types of infections is an undiagnosed infection, or an infection that is allowed to fester for too long before treatment begins. While most healthcare providers properly treat patients, our Oregon undiagnosed infection lawyers know it is these types of infections which are most likely to cause serious personal injury or wrongful death.
This is because undiagnosed infections allow the infection to spread through all parts of the body. Not only does this weaken the body and force the body to expend more energy to fight the infection, but it allows the infection to grow stronger meaning it will be more difficult to treat. It also allows for the opportunity for the infection to mutate and become more dangerous, even resistant to certain types of medications or drugs.
What are Infections and Why are They Dangerous?
Infections are an invasion of a foreign organism in your body. The infection could be bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic, or other types of microorganisms. Some infections could be localized, like a cut or swollen tonsils, or infections could be widespread or epidemic such as periodontal infections (mouth) or peritonitis (entire abdomen). Sometimes an infection could spread to the blood which is pumped throughout the body. This could result in sepsis, which is the toxic response to a large blood infection.
Infections are dangerous because it can result in significant complications. This complications could become life-threatening and require surgeries to treat. For instance, meningitis is an infection of the layers wrapped around the brain. This type of infection can quickly cause death if it is not treated swiftly and correctly. In fact, meningitis can even cause death within 24 hours of the first symptoms.
Thus, the longer that infections are allowed to grow in strength, the more damage that it will cause to a patient, the harder that it will be to treat, and the more likely that a patient will suffer serious, permanent, or even fatal injuries as a result of the Oregon undiagnosed infection.
Hospital Acquired Infections or HAI
Infections could be caused from a variety of mechanisms. One of the most dangerous ways to obtain an infection is through a healthcare facility. This is because Hospital Acquired Infections, or HAI, are infections which are contracted at a healthcare facility. These types of infections are usually drug-resistant, such as MRSA which is very difficult to treat and can cause wrongful death.
Hospital Acquired Infections are also infections which usually can be prevented with proper care and upkeep of a facility. Thus, most HAI are unnecessary. Unfortunately, many HAI are also undiagnosed infections because they are usually masked by the symptoms that a person is already treating for at a hospital. This makes HAI even more dangerous.
Causes of Oregon Undiagnosed Infections Due to Medical Malpractice
There are many reasons why Oregon undiagnosed infections cause serious personal injuries or the wrongful death to a patient. Many times these undiagnosed infections are merely caused by the failure of a healthcare provider to exercise the proper care and treatment required for a patient. Some of the most common causes of undiagnosed infections include the following:
Bend/Portland, Oregon Undiagnosed Infection Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice 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.
We handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.
We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice 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.
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