According to a new study in the medical journal The Lancet, sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitals in the United States, and also one of the leading causes of death worldwide. By their estimates, a full fifth of all deaths in 2017 were related to sepsis, with incidence rates being particularly high in sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, and south, east and southeast Asia. Although the overall rate of sepsis has fallen in the United States, it remains the single largest health risk patients face in hospitals.
Sepsis is a medical condition caused by an immune response to an infection within the body, where the body’s attempt to fight the infection goes haywire and begins to cause damage to a person’s internal organs. It is particularly common in people vulnerable to infection, such as pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and those with chronic illnesses or who have weakened immune systems. While there are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of sepsis, it remains a risk for anyone suffering from an infectious disease.
Individuals who have been hospitalized are at particular risk for sepsis and septic shock. This is partly due to the fact that many people who are hospitalized are already in poor health compared to the average citizen, but it is also because hospitals are breeding grounds for advantageous infections. This can be aggravated if those working at the hospital don’t practice appropriate hygiene or don’t adequately address the symptoms of sepsis when they appear.
If you or a loved one has suffered from sepsis or septic shock while in a hospital due to the negligence of the medical personnel attending to you, it’s important to get the legal representation you need to get compensation for the harm you and your loved ones have suffered. The lawyers at Levine and Slavit, PLLC are experienced in representing New York City and Long Island residents in medical malpractice cases. To schedule a free consultation, contact our New York City medical malpractice lawyers at (212) 687-2777 or for our Long Island medical malpractice lawyers call (516) 294-8282.