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Written by attorney Marcus Bazzell Boston | Nov 11, 2013

Does Sepsis After Surgery Mean Medical Malpractice?

Sepsis is a very serious medical condition which if not treated in a timely manner can be fatal. The question that many medical patients have on their mind after it is determined that they are suffering from serious infections after their surgery is whether the actions or inaction of their doctor during surgery is the cause of their medical problems.

As should have been explained to you before your procedure, surgery carries with it risks. These risks are explained to you so that you can make an informed decision as to whether you would want to go through with the surgery. However, there are some things which can happen during a surgery which fall below the standard of care for your situation. In many infection and sepsis cases, the issue will turn on whether there was some time of cut or injury to an organ during the surgery.

If this does happen, the doctor is supposed to identify the injured organ and repair it. Problems and complications occur when doctors fail to recognize their errors and do nothing to repair injured organ(s). The patient is then closed up and eventually sent home with no knowledge of a problem. When an organ is injured during a surgery and not fixed, it can cause leakage into the body. This leakage can then lead to infection and the patient can become septic.

If you would like to speak with someone about whether the sepsis that you are suffering from right now is the result of medical malpractice, give up a call. We can be reached at 301-850-4832. Or, if you would rather send an email you can send it to [email protected]. We answer questions like yours all the time and we would be glad to hear your story.

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