Failure to Diagnose Post-Surgical Infections and Sepsis: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Failing to Diagnose Post-Surgical Infections and Sepsis Could Result in Serious Oregon Medical Malpractice


For most people, surgery is a very traumatizing experience.  Post-surgery can also be a very trying and difficult experience, especially for larger and more involved surgeries.  This is particularly true if there are surgical complications.  One common surgical complication is an infection.  The risk for an infection exists whenever there is an open wound on the risk.  This obviously extends to a surgery which creates one or more incisions to perform a procedure.


The risk for infection is so common, that almost all Oregon hospitals and surgeons will require you to sign an informed consent form explaining this risk.  Some healthcare providers will provide patients with pamphlets on just infections.  Healthcare providers will stress that infections are likely and give you the warning signs that you need to be aware of.  Some providers may even give you antibiotics or topical creams in anticipation of a possible infection.


Yet, some healthcare providers will still fail to identify, evaluate, and treat post-surgical infections.  While it is true that a commonly associated risk to a surgical procedure does not give grounds for a patient to recover for medical malpractice, the failure to diagnose the infection may allow a patient to recover.  This is because, even though the post-surgical infection may be a common risk, the misdiagnosis of the infection is not.


Proving Liability for Failing to Diagnose a Post-Surgical Infection or Sepsis


An infection is an invasion and growth of a foreign body or object like bacteria, virus, or microorganisms which are not normally present.  Sepsis is when an infection becomes so widespread in the body that it infects the blood.  A blood infection causing sepsis is dangerous because it can result in gangrenous conditions, damage organ function, and even cause multiple organ failure resulting in the wrongful death of a patient.


Even a reasonably prudent physician may cause an infection after a surgery.  Infections are just that common.  However, a reasonably prudent physician may not misdiagnose an infection.  That is not a common risk.  When a patient presents the signs of an infection such as a high fever, profuse sweating, lethargy, dizziness, pale complexion, and other symptoms, a healthcare provider needs to begin diagnostic testing.  The easiest way to confirm an infection is a blood test or swab test of the questionable site, such as an incision.  These results may be returned in 15 minutes or less.


If a healthcare provider fails to do so when a reasonably prudent physician could have under like circumstances, that provider’s care and treatment of the patient may be below the standard of care.  This means that the doctor may have breached her or her duty owed to the patient.  When these breach of a duty causes personal injuries to the patient, the patient may recover for medical malpractice.


When that infection turns to sepsis, the liability becomes even more clear because septic conditions occur when an infection is allowed to fester for so long that it infects the entire body.  This further attacks the reasonableness of the healthcare provider’s actions.


Victims of Post-Surgical Surgical Infections or Sepsis Which Were Misdiagnosed or Delayed in Diagnosis Could be Victims of Bend Oregon Medical Malpractice


If you or a loved one have been injured due to a healthcare provider misdiagnosing an infection or sepsis after a surgery, please call our Bend Oregon medical malpractice lawyer to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  We handle cases throughout Oregon and Central Oregon, including Deschutes County, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, The Dalles, Hood River, Clackamas, Corvallis, Albany, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tigard, Salem, Portland, Hillsboro, Vancouver, Washington, Beaverton, Oregon City, Eugene, Coos Bay, Astoria, Newport, Pendleton, Tillamook,  Milwaukie, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (541) 385-1999 to learn what your rights to compensation you may have.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation to get you the answers you deserve, all for free.  There is no risk, and you only pay us if we recover compensation for you.

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