Infections that are left untreated can become extremely serious, while infections that are correctly identified and treated early can often be cured entirely. Too often, medical professionals make assumptions about symptoms and don’t fully test those assumptions. For example, Spinal Meningitis–a deadly infection that must be treated within hours–may be dismissed as the flu by a doctor unless adequate testing takes place. Similarly, bedsore infections that are ignored or undiagnosed could result in amputations or even in a patient’s death.
Did you have the signs and symptoms of an infection?
Whether you were exposed to an infection out in the community or while undergoing a medical procedure, any doctor who examines you should be able to identify the most common signs and symptoms of infection, including:
- Redness and swelling.
- Muscle aches.
- Congestion and coughing.
Did your doctor order the right tests?
Many infections have similar signs and symptoms. This is why samples of your body fluid are often taken to identify the particular pathogen causing your illness. Diagnostic testing may be appropriate for anyone who displays the warning signs for a serious infection, but may be especially necessary for those who are at the greatest risk of infection, such as the elderly, children, and those with a weakened immune system. Some common tests that a doctor can order to detect an infection include: blood tests, urine tests, throat swabs, spinal taps, and even x-rays in the case of pneumonia. If a doctor failed to order the necessary tests or did not interpret the results properly, he or she may be responsible for any additional injury that results.
Misdiagnosis of an infection can cause serious injuries and wrongful death.
Victims of an infection misdiagnosis or negligent treatment of an infection have the right to seek justice and compensation for:
- Bodily injuries.
- Past and future medical care.
- Loss of wages.
- Pain and suffering.
The attorneys of Lopez McHugh have the knowledge and resources to fight for your recovery and protect your financial interests. We have a proven track record of success in handling complex medical malpractice lawsuits.
You should contact the lawyers at Lopez McHugh without delay because every state has deadlines for when compensation may be pursued. The attorneys of Lopez McHugh will thoroughly investigate your case and advise you of the merits and challenges involved. Contact us now for an initial consultation, free of charge. If we agree to accept your case we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means that we get paid for our services only if there is a recovery by way of settlement or verdict.