Legal Assistance for Injured South Florida Patients
Hospital acquired infections run rampant in health care institutions. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in 25 hospitals has at least one hospital-related infection each day. Frighteningly, your stay in the hospital might make you much sicker than when you arrived.
Brais Law Firm is a well-respected medical malpractice plaintiffs firm in Miami. Our partners come to the table with more than 75 years of experience and a strong passion for protecting our clients’ rights. For this reason, we have earned such honors as Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum membership, Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Preeminent Rating, Legal Elite, Super Lawyer and Rising Star designations.
Our Miami medical malpractice attorneys can help you recover for your illness caused by the poor conditions and negligent practices of the hospital staff, nurses and doctors. View our Results page to see information about the types of cases we handle and their successful outcomes.
Transmission of Infectious Pathogens
Once you enter the doors of a hospital, whether as a patient or a perfectly healthy visitor, you are at increased risk of infection from microbes, such as bacteria, fungi, mold, parasites or viruses. Transmission of pathogens may occur through direct contact with medical professionals who have touched a sick patient. In addition, droplets from sneezing or coughing may contaminate the surfaces, tools and equipment that you touch. Some microorganisms are airborne and can transmit through central air conditioning units.
Causes of Hospital Acquired Infection
Hospitals are responsible for maintaining a clean, sterile environment. The fact that a patient was infected while at a hospital indicates an error occurred, such as:
- Staff was not adequately trained in infection prevention techniques
- Surfaces, hands or clothing were contaminated with a pathogen
- Staff did not sterilize equipment, tools or surfaces
- Staff did not wash hands properly
- Nurses, doctors and interns did not wear gloves while handling patients
- Infected patients were not immediately and appropriately isolated from others
- The facility was not designed with basic antimicrobial surfaces
- The air filtration system malfunctioned
Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
The overuse of antibiotics has resulted in super bugs that no longer respond to treatments. A minor infection by antibiotic resistant bacteria can quickly progress into a serious life-threatening medical emergency. Some of the worst infections include:
- Staph infection
- C. difficile
- E. coli
Hospitals that do not maintain high standards of sterility and cleanliness are incubators for these deadly diseases.
We help you recover damages for medical bills, permanent disabilities, pain, scarring, lost wages and diminished earning capacity. We also advocate for families whose loved ones died from hospital-acquired super bugs.
Recover Compensation for the Infection You Acquired During Your Hospital Visit
Brais Law Firm is available for a free medical negligence claims assessment. Also, we handle your claim on contingency, meaning you do not pay lawyers’ fees until we recover damages through a verdict or settlement. Therefore, there is no risk in calling us to schedule an appointment. Our main office is in Miami, Florida.