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When is a hospital infection considered negligence?

| Dec 10, 2018 | Medical Malpractice

If you need to spend time in a hospital in the state of Washington, you will do so in the belief that the stay will be beneficial to your health. Whether you were in the hospital for surgery or to treat an illness, it is possible that your immune system will be compromised during your stay. In addition, you will be exposed to different illnesses and infections that are present in the hospital.

Exposure to other patients is something that is essentially unavoidable in hospitals. However, hospitals have the duty to minimize this exposure and the associated risk through hygiene management and good safety practices. If you believe that the way hygiene was managed in your hospital was sub-par and you suffered as a result, you may want to consider holding the hospital legally responsible.

How can I prove that the hospital I stayed in was negligent?

There are many factors that have increased the prevalence of hospital-acquired infections (HAI). Two main contributory factors are higher numbers of patients and the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Your hospital has the responsibility to actively reduce the risk of exposure to these infections.

In order to successfully hold your hospital responsible, you should take the time to question the way that infection management was handled. You should consider whether you believe that your health was unnecessarily compromised, and what you think could have been done to prevent this eventuality.

By taking action against negligent hospitals in Washington, you may be able to prevent other patients from suffering in the way that you have.