Delayed Diagnosis for Infections: Minneapolis Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains Risks and Damages

When Hospitals and Providers Delay Diagnosis for Infections, Minnesota Patients Become Victims of Medical Malpractice


An infection may sound like a basic and common ailment.  And it is.  But delays in diagnosing and treating and infection can become life-threatening.  When the infection is caused by a hospital-acquired infection, or HAI, it can be drug-resistant and extremely difficult to treat.  This can allow an infection to fester and become sepsis, a blood infection which can threaten one’s extremities to amputation, damage nerves, and even kill a patient.


Reasons Why Delays in Infection Detection, Diagnosis, and Treatment Can Kill a Patient


An infection is when an organism such as bacteria, a virus, or other condition gets into a person and begins colonizing and reacting with a person’s body.  Infections are dangerous because the stronger the infectious agent and the longer it is allowed to colonize, the more damage it will cause and the harder it will be to get rid of.  This is why a delay in detecting, diagnosing, and treating an infection can be a fatal mistake.


When this infection is one that is resistant to medication and drugs, like MRSA, the infection will be significantly harder to treat.  In that situation, the idea is to help strengthen the patient to survive and fight off the infection before the infection can take the victim’s life.  This scenario is scary and should always be avoided because it can result in damage to vital structures, such as nerves, arteries, and tissue.  Sometimes tissue can be significantly damaged which will need to it needing to be removed, such as fingers, toes, hands, feet, and even legs or arms in serious infections.


Infections that are left to linger for too long or are drug-resistant can lead to sepsis.  This is a very serious and life-threatening infection of the blood which can quickly lead to a very painful death.  Sepsis is difficult to treat and almost always causes a prolonged and painful recovery.  Sepsis in young, elderly, or weak patients will usually result in death or serious, permanent damages.


Common Injuries from Delayed Diagnosis and Treatment of Infections and Hospital-Acquired Infections


Untreated infections due to the medical malpractice of a Minnesota healthcare provider can cause very serious and life-threatening injuries.  This includes the following common injuries:


  • Nerve damage such as peripheral neuropathy, including from the drug treatment;
  • Vein and artery damage, including from the drug treatment;
  • Sepsis;
  • Septic shock;
  • Need for amputation;
  • Damage to tissue;
  • Blindness;
  • Loss of hearing;
  • Loss of sensation or touch, including pins and needles;
  • Loss of taste;
  • Damage to organs;
  • Acute respiratory distress;
  • Brain damage;
  • Death; and
  • Other very serious conditions.


Harmed by an Infection, Call the Minneapolis Medical Malpractice Attorney at Kuhlman Law, LLC


If you or a loved one have suffered from an infection which was misdiagnosed, not diagnosed, or caused by a hospital, call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights are.  We handle Minnesota medical malpractice cases in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and throughout the state.


If you or a loved one have been injured due to the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care service professional, we understand that you have questions and may not know what to do next.  Call us to learn about your options.  If we accept your case, we will thoroughly review it and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.

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