Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of infection caused by a strain of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to antibiotics. MSRA infections kill an estimated 11,000 people each year and sicken more than 80,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
In a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or nursing home, a MRSA infection can cause severe problems and ultimately lead to death. According to public records, there have been at least a dozen outbreaks of hospital-acquired infections, including MRSA, since 2008 in Florida. At least 490 people have suffered the consequences of these deadly bacteria.
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered a MRSA infection as a result of medical negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.
MRSA Risk Factors
Health care associated or hospital acquired MRSA is often classified as HA-MRSA as opposed to CA-MRSA, which occurs in a wider community and can be spread by skin-to-skin contact.
Some common causes of HA-MRSA include:
- Being hospitalized for extended periods of time
- Having an invasive medical device
- Residing in a long-term care facility
Older adults and people with compromised immune systems are especially at-risk of acquiring this dangerous infection. Additionally, carriers of MRSA have the ability to spread the infection, even if they are not sick themselves.
The only way to know if MRSA is the cause of an infection is to perform a laboratory culture of the bacteria. However, being mindful of some common symptoms of MRSA can help victims and their families recognize the problem early on.
Some common signs and symptoms of MRSA include:
- Small, red bumps
- Painful abscesses
- Shortness of breath
These types of infections generally start as small red bumps that resemble pimples, boils or even a spider bite. Keep an eye on minor skin irritations, especially in children and the elderly.
MRSA infections can resist the effects of common antibiotics, which can lead to additional infections in the bloodstream, lungs and heart. If an infection is not treated early, it can spread and become life-threatening.
Hold Your Hospital Accountable & Contact a medical malpractice Lawyer
Analyses of Department of Health reviews reveal that many infections that persisted in hospitals and nursing homes across Florida were spread due to lack of compliance with standard infection control procedures. When these facilities failed to adequate control these infections, they put employees, patients and visiting friends and family members in danger.
Nothing can bring back your loved one or replace the amount of time you spent recovering from this dangerous infection. What you can do though, is fight for the justice you deserve, and that’s what we’re here to do for you.
Contact the attorneys at Gordon & Doner, our experienced attorneys can provide a free legal consultations and help you seek justice.