Suffering from a serious infection can cause a myriad of health issues. In some cases, patients could potentially even contract an infection while being treated for another illness or injury. While many types of infections can be properly treated with few lasting effects, the failure to diagnose an infection could lead to a lack of timely treatment and more adverse outcomes.
It was recently reported that the state of New Jersey is looking into having more strict protocols when it comes to dealing with sepsis, or blood infections. Sepsis is a serious condition that could potentially lead to severe bodily damage or even cause death. Unfortunately, thousands of fatalities occur every year in the state due to sepsis, but proper treatment could prevent such outcomes.
However, if the infection does not get diagnosed in time, the treatment could come too late. The report mentioned that one individual died of such an infection after a minor basketball injury. Medical staff did not diagnose and treat the sepsis in enough time to save the man's life. It is unclear what exact protocols hospitals may implement in hopes of preventing such outcomes in the future.
It is always unfortunate when a death occurs due to the failure to diagnose a treatable condition. If New Jersey residents have suffered lasting effects due to sepsis or have lost family members due to a lack of timely treatment, they may have cause to file medical malpractice claims. Such claims could allow negatively affected parties to pursue compensation for damages. Interested individuals may wish to confer with knowledgeable attorneys to gain more information on such options.
Source: Morristown, NJ Patch, "N.J. Looks To Crack Down On Hospitals As Blood Infections Rise", Tom Davis, June 28, 2017