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One of the premier medical malpractice law firms serving Washington, D.C.. Infections are usually contained to one particular area. When they spread throughout the bloodstream, however, they can trigger a response by all of your organs. This type of infection is called sepsis, and if undiagnosed it can cause life-altering consequences. In the most tragic circumstances, sepsis can be fatal.

At Paulson & Nace, PLLC, we help victims and their families by fighting on their behalf. We are well known throughout Washington, D.C. for our comprehensive guidance and aggressive courtroom techniques. We know that you and your family are frightened and overwhelmed; our team focuses on the fight so that you can focus on the healing process and on making sure your family is secure in the future.

Why sepsis is misdiagnosed

Because sepsis develops as the result of another illness or infection, doctors may not always realize their patients’ symptoms are unrelated to the original infection. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common signs of sepsis include:

  • Mild to moderate fever, or a body temperature that is lower than normal
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased respiration rate and/or difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal pain

These symptoms may be the same as the illness the patient already has; thus, a doctor may not run the full gamut of testing necessary to diagnose sepsis. Patients who have already been released from the hospital may not realize they have developed another infection, either, and they may not choose to seek treatment.

The dangers of going into septic shock

The third stage of sepsis is shock, and it can be deadly; in fact, approximately 50% of all patients who go into septic shock die as a result. Because sepsis travels through the bloodstream, an undiagnosed infection can:

  • Increase your chance of developing infections in the future
  • Cause blood clots in your organs or extremities
  • Lead to tissue death
  • Lead to organ failure
  • Necessitate additional surgeries
  • Lead to the loss of your limbs

This is why it is crucial the staff at Washington, D.C. hospitals and nursing homes continually monitor a patient’s vital signs when he or she has had surgery or spent time in the intensive care unit. Patients exhibiting any of the signs of sepsis should be examined for open wounds (if applicable), have their urine and/or mucus tested, and perhaps have an X-ray or CT scan. Doctors who fail to diagnose the symptoms, or fail to order the proper diagnostic tests, could delay the necessary treatments needed to save your organs, your limbs and even your life.

At Paulson & Nace, we provide support and counsel to victims and their families when negligence has led to needless suffering. We investigate the evidence of your case and help you determine whether or not a lawsuit is in your best interest. We stick with our cases until the end, because we never give up on a client. We advocate on your behalf to ensure that you can protect yourself and your family.

Learn more about the dangers of sepsis

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition. At Paulson & Nace, PLLC, we offer you the support and legal guidance you need to make informed decisions about your future. If you or your family member developed sepsis in a Washington, D.C., or hospital, and you believe that it was the result of medical negligence, please call 202-463-1999 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.

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