Consequences of an Unsanitary HospitalThe consequences of an unsanitary hospital can be deadly. This is especially true for patients who have weakened immune systems. While a patient may be receiving treatment for one condition, they may have to endure additional treatment for developing a hospital infection or another serious type of illness because of an unsanitary hospital.
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are expected to maintain a sterile and clean environment, living up to state and federal health codes. When there is a failure to do so, it can lead to devastating consequences, and all involved parties can and should be held liable.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every year in the United States, approximately 100,000 patients die after acquiring an infection in some type of healthcare facility.
Additionally, The Journal of the American Medical Association published data that twice as many patients in the United States are killed from acquiring methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) than previously thought.
These findings are based on lab tests, not on information from hospitals. The sad reality is that hospitals are not disclosing correct numbers on how many patients die as a result of an infection acquired from an unsanitary hospital.
Research has shown that the main causes of a hospital infection are:
- contaminated clothing;
- unsterile equipment; and
- a lack of hand washing.
Those are all preventable types of medical negligence.
What to do if You Have Developed a Hospital Infection
Clearly, the consequences of staying in an unsanitary hospital are serious. If you have developed a hospital infection or any other serious illness or injury because of a stay in an unsanitary hospital in the Chicago area, you should contact a Chicago medical malpractice attorney. A medical malpractice attorney can look at the facts surrounding your case and determine if medical negligence led to your injuries or illness. If so, your Chicago medical malpractice attorney can help you build and support a claim for damages related to your injuries, financial costs, and emotional suffering. Contacting a Chicago Medical Malpractice AttorneyAt the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C, our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys will examine all aspects of your claim, determine liability, and aggressively pursue the full amount of compensation for you or your loved one for any injuries or loss of life because of medical malpractice. Contact us today for a no-cost case evaluation – 312-263-1080.