Helping Clients with Blood Infections in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area and throughout Missouri and Illinois
Sepsis is a serious medical condition caused by the body’s reaction to an infection. In many cases, it is difficult to treat and can result in death. Sadly, many cases of sepsis are overlooked by doctors, as it often develops quickly and can be confused with other medical conditions. In some cases, a case of sepsis or the failure to diagnose sepsis could be the result of medical malpractice. When this occurs, victims can often recover significant compensation from the medical professional or facility that caused their injuries.
Who Is at Risk for Sepsis?
Sepsis can appear in anyone with an infection, especially those who are not treated properly. It is associated with infections of the lungs (pneumonia), urinary tract, gut, and skin. Sepsis is more common in people over age 65 or younger than one-year-old. Additionally, it also more prevalent in those with weakened immune systems or those who have chronic medical conditions like diabetes.
Complications of Sepsis
There are many short-term complications from a sepsis infection including weakness and fatigue. Patients typically must undergo rehabilitation in order to be fully functional. There are also many long-term complications, including:
- Panic attacks, nightmares, and hallucinations
- Muscle and joint pains that can be disabling
- Decreased brain function
- Insomnia and sleep disturbances
- Organ dysfunction, which can lead to kidney failure and respiratory issues
Do You Have a Winning Claim?
Not every case of sepsis is the result of medical malpractice. Some of the more common scenarios that entitle people who develop sepsis to compensation include the following:
- The infection was not treated in a timely manner
- Your physician should have recognized that you have sepsis earlier than he or she did
- Your sepsis was the result of negligent medical treatment
Sepsis cases are often very complicated, so it is important for victims to have their case reviewed by an attorney familiar with medical malpractice law in their jurisdiction. Failure to do may result in missing out on significant compensation for losses like pain and suffering, lost income, medical expenses, and loss of quality of life.
Contact a St. Louis Sepsis Attorney to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has suffered from sepsis due to mistreatment of an infection or failure to diagnose, you may be entitled to damages. Because most sepsis cases are medical malpractice claims, they are subject to specific filing requirements. If you do not meet these requirements, your claim will be dismissed even if it is a winning case.
The attorneys of Kilo Flynn are available to represent clients throughout Missouri and Illinois who have a case involving sepsis. We assist clients in the City of St. Louis and the Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Jefferson, Franklin and Crawford, and the Illinois counties of Madison, St. Clair and Monroe. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call Kilo Flynn today at 314-647-8910 or contact us online.