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Florida Sepsis Lawyers

Sepsis Can Mean Serious Injuries or Even Death For Nursing Home Patients

When you place a parent, grandparent or other loved one in a nursing home, you want to make sure that the facility is providing the best possible care. Unfortunately, residents in nursing homes do not always get the care and attention they need.  When facilities fail to properly monitor and treat the residents under their care, residents can suffer severe infections like sepsis. Sepsis is a very dangerous health condition that can result in catastrophic injuries and even death.

At The Florida Law Group, we understand just how difficult it can be to entrust the care of your loved one to a nursing home or other long-term care provider. We know that that you are counting on these facilities to provide your loved one with a safe and supportive environment. When nursing homes fail in this duty and neglect or abuse their residents, they need to be held fully accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with and suffered from sepsis while under the care of a nursing home facility, you need to speak with an elder abuse attorney immediately. The Florida sepsis lawyers at our firm will carefully review your case and explain all courses of action that may be available to you.  

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis, sometimes called septicemia or blood poisoning is an extreme immune response to a bacterial or other infection that has entered your blood. When an infection is present in your blood, your body will release chemicals into the bloodstream to fight the infection. These chemicals can trigger widespread inflammation, which may slow your blood flow and damage multiple organ systems. A person who develops sepsis needs to receive immediate medical attention because, if sepsis progresses to its later stages (severe sepsis or septic shock), the condition can lead to death. While anyone can develop sepsis, the condition occurs more often in the elderly and individuals with weakened immune systems.

How is Sepsis Diagnosed?

Sepsis is generally viewed as a three-stage syndrome: sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock.  Signs and symptoms that should put nursing home staff on alert include:

  • Fever above 101°F
  • Very low body temperature (below 96.8°F)
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Rapid respiratory rate
  • Decreased urine output
  • Decreased platelet count
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Because sepsis is so dangerous in elderly nursing home patients, nursing home staff must carefully monitor their patients and properly attend to any infection that could enter the bloodstream such as skin infections and bedsores, and infections caused by IVs, catheters and feeding tubes.  When a nursing home provider fails to take proper steps to control infection, or sepsis goes undiagnosed or untreated for too long and a resident suffers severe complications, the facility can be held liable for negligence.

Discuss Your Case with Our Florida Sepsis Lawyers

If a loved one has suffered serious injuries or has died as a result of sepsis diagnosed in a nursing home, you should contact The Florida Law Group today. Our Florida personal injury law firm offers free consultations where a skilled nursing home neglect attorney will review your case and explain your legal rights. Call us today to at 833-352-5297 or complete our online contact form to schedule your appointment.