Infection in nursing home and care facility residents is, unfortunately, an all-too common occurrence. In many cases, infection is preventable, and, even when an infection is unavoidable the infection can remain in-check and the resident can recover quickly with proper medical treatment.
When an infection goes unaddressed, the body attempts to remove the infection and initiate the healing process through a process called inflammation. Inflammation causes redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, heat, and disturbed function of the infected area of the body. When the degree of infection gets severe, the infection will spread to the body’s blood system and an inflammatory response will occur throughout the body’s blood system. When inflammation occurs in the body’s blood system, the condition is known as sepsis. If sepsis becomes severe enough where blood can no longer deliver oxygen and nutrients to the body’s organs, septic shock will set in and cause multiple organ failure and death.
Care facilities must establish and maintain an effective infection control program that is designed to provide a safe, sanitary, and comfortable environment for their residents and help prevent the development and transmission of disease and infection. Nursing home and elder care facilities must also be designed, constructed, equipped, and maintained in a manner to protect the health and safety of residents, personnel, and the general public.
When a nursing home or care facility fails to properly execute an effective infection control program, its residents and patients are prone to suffer infections which can lead to serious illness and even death. At Berman & Riedel, LLP, our knowledgeable attorneys and professional legal staff have a complete understanding not only of the laws governing unaddressed infections and sepsis, but of all laws and regulations involved in litigating cases against elder care facilities and nursing homes. Further, Berman & Riedel, LLP has represented many clients throughout California in their elder care facility litigation cases, successfully obtaining the best possible results for unaddressed infections and sepsis incidents.
If you or a loved one suffers from an unaddressed infection or sepsis, Berman & Riedel, LLP offers the experience and skill necessary to provide you with sound advice on what your rights may be under the law. Contact an attorney at Berman & Riedel, LLP to discuss your legal options.