Phoenix Sepsis or Septicemia Lawyer
Serious infections are almost always preventable with prompt diagnosis and proper medical care. When a patient receives subpar medical care, a wound could develop an infection that leads to a more serious health problem, such as sepsis or septicemia. These health issues could trace back to medical malpractice if the physician or hospital did not provide proper patient care.
If a doctor recently diagnosed you or a loved one with sepsis, septicemia, or septic shock, contact the Arizona personal injury lawyers at Gallagher & Kennedy.
Our Phoenix Sepsis or Septicemia attorneys have obtained over $500 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of seriously injured clients over the last 40 years. Our medical malpractice group could help your family with a complex sepsis or septicemia lawsuit in Arizona. Contact us today at 602-726-1149 or online for a free consultation.
What Makes Us the Right Choice
- We are Arizona’s sixth-largest firm. We have the resources of a large firm, but provide the personal care and attention of a smaller group.
- We have proven our commitment to patients in Arizona by securing outstanding results in dozens of prior medical malpractice claims.
- We accept medical malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning our clients do not pay unless we are able to obtain a recovery for them.
What Is Sepsis?
Sepsis is an extremely serious reaction to an infection in the body. It is an abnormal response to the release of natural chemicals in the body while fighting an infection, often resulting in inflammation. Sepsis can trigger a chain reaction that may damage multiple organs and prove fatal for the patient. If septic shock occurs, the patient’s blood pressure could dramatically decrease, potentially resulting in death.
Sepsis is most common in patients with weak immune systems, such as children or the elderly. It also occurs in patients with chronic health conditions, including diabetes and cancer. Pregnant mothers can also develop maternal sepsis during pregnancy or shortly after delivery. Sepsis can exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid breathing
- Fast heartbeat
- High fever
- Low body temperature
- Cold or clammy skin
- Pale or mottled skin
Sepsis can also cause a change in mental status, such as confusion or disorientation. It can also lead to loss of consciousness, and if left untreated can result in a life-threatening condition.
A patient’s odds of surviving sepsis increase with early medical intervention such as IV fluids and strong antibiotics. However, a negligent physician may not properly diagnose the infection. Infection misdiagnosis is a common area of medical malpractice, and you can hold the medical professional accountable for their negligence if you or a loved one developed sepsis that required further medical treatment.
Call Gallagher & Kennedy at 602-726-1149 to speak with one of our Phoenix Sepsis attorneys and see if you have a case.
What Is Septicemia?
Septicemia, also called blood poisoning, is an infection in the bloodstream. Septicemia can happen when dangerous bacteria enter the bloodstream from an infection elsewhere in the body. The body’s natural circulation can then spread the bacteria throughout the body, leading to serious adverse health effects. Septicemia can be life-threatening – especially if it progresses to sepsis.
Patients most at risk of developing septicemia are those with severe injuries or chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, and immune disorders. People who use catheters are also at elevated risk for septicemia. Children younger than one and adults over 65 have the highest rates of developing septicemia.
Symptoms of septicemia can include:
- Rapid heart rate and breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Light sensitivity
- Extreme pain or discomfort
- Cold hands and feet
Sometimes, patients with septicemia do not want to eat and lose interest in their surroundings. They may also become lethargic or anxious and agitated. Symptoms typically worsen as the infection progresses, and if left untreated, it can lead to a coma or even death.
If you or a loved one exhibit any symptoms of septicemia or sepsis, seek medical attention right away. Many times, the conditions can be treated if caught early, and the sooner you receive medical treatment, the better.
If you believe negligent care led to your developing sepsis or septicemia, don’t hesitate to contact a Phoenix Sepsis or Septicemia lawyer at Gallagher & Kennedy for a free consultation.
Pursuing Compensation for Sepsis or Septicemia
Sepsis or septicemia can arise from any number of injuries or health conditions, such as:
- Skin conditions
- Urinary tract infections
- Respiratory illnesses
Other problems could cause sepsis or septicemia as well, and urgent medical care is critical for surviving these life-threatening conditions.
If a physician or health care center contributed to your or a loved one’s contraction of sepsis/septicemia or failed to properly diagnose and treat the infection, you could be eligible for financial recovery.
- Existing and future health care costs
- Lost income from missed time at work
- Physical pain and mental suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Permanent disabilities
- Wrongful death
Speak to a Phoenix medical malpractice attorney from Gallagher & Kennedy for an honest and objective evaluation of your potential claim. We will listen to your story and tell you if we believe you have a viable claim. If so, we will take a results-driven approach to achieve your goals and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Our Phoenix sepsis or septicemia attorneys will work for you, not for an insurance corporation or health care organization. Therefore, you can trust us to have your best interests at heart and fight hard to help you get everything you need to focus on your recovery.
Contact a Phoenix Sepsis/Septicemia Lawyer
Initial consultations about medical malpractice claims are free at Gallagher & Kennedy. One of our friendly representatives can connect you to a lead attorney for a consultation at a time and location that works for you.
Request your free, no-obligation case evaluation now at 602-726-1149 or complete our online contact form to have an experienced Phoenix medical malpractice lawyer get back to you promptly.