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Failure to Detect and Treat Infections Liability

The medical community possesses an extensive array of diagnostic tools and treatment modalities to effectively identify and manage most infections that individuals may encounter. However, despite these capabilities, instances of misdiagnosis or inadequate treatment can have grave consequences, particularly when dealing with a condition as severe as sepsis. Sepsis, a potentially life-threatening condition, arises when the body’s response to an infection triggers a cascade of inflammatory processes that can lead to widespread tissue damage and organ dysfunction. If not promptly recognized and addressed, sepsis can rapidly progress to a state of systemic compromise known as “septic shock,” wherein vital organs such as the lungs, heart, kidneys, and brain become severely impaired. 

What Is Sepsis?

Sepsis, a grave medical condition, stems from an infection that permeates the body, initiating a systemic inflammatory response. While the source of infection can originate from various sites within the body, common culprits include open wounds such as bedsores, surgical incisions, or traumatic lacerations, as well as internal injuries like a perforated bowel or bladder, often occurring during surgical procedures. The insidious nature of sepsis lies in its ability to rapidly disseminate throughout the bloodstream, propelled by bacteria or viruses, posing a significant threat to the patient’s life if left unchecked.

Failure to promptly address known infections with aggressive and appropriate antibiotic therapy can exacerbate the situation, potentially transforming a manageable infection into a full-blown case of sepsis or even progressing to septic shock. It is imperative for both patients and their healthcare providers to remain vigilant for telltale signs indicative of sepsis, including:

  • Fever
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
  • Agitation
  • Decreased urination
  • Dizziness
  • Pain in the wrists, arms, elbows, back, knees and ankle joints
  • Reddish color rash with dark spots on the skin
  • Increased white blood cell count

By promptly identifying these warning signs and swiftly initiating appropriate medical interventions, the progression of sepsis can be halted, potentially saving lives and preventing further complications.

Other Types of  Dangerous Infections

Septic arthritis represents a particularly concerning manifestation of infection, affecting the joint spaces within the body, commonly targeting pivotal areas such as the knee joint. This condition arises when bacteria infiltrate the joint, often gaining entry through avenues such as surgical incisions or traumatic injuries. The onset of septic arthritis is characterized by a constellation of symptoms, including intense and stabbing joint pain, accompanied by pronounced swelling and an elevated body temperature indicative of fever. Given the urgency of addressing septic arthritis, prompt and decisive action is imperative to prevent irreversible damage and systemic spread of the infection.

When confronted with symptoms suggestive of septic arthritis, medical professionals may opt to perform a procedure known as joint aspiration involving fluid extraction from the affected joint space. This fluid is subsequently subjected to laboratory analysis to identify the causative organism through culture, thereby informing targeted treatment strategies. Recognizing the critical nature of joint infections, healthcare providers often initiate empirical antibiotic therapy without delay, even before definitive culture results are obtained. This preemptive approach aims to swiftly combat the infection and mitigate its potential sequelae, safeguarding the integrity of the joint and preserving the patient’s overall health and mobility.

Seeking Legal Recourse for Infection-Related Harm: Contact Burnside Law Firm

If you or a loved one has experienced injury or harm due to the failure to timely detect and appropriately treat an infection, it is crucial to seek legal guidance to explore your options for recourse. The experienced attorneys at Burnside Law Firm understand the complexities of medical malpractice cases involving infections and are here to provide comprehensive support and advocacy. By scheduling a complimentary consultation with one of our knowledgeable lawyers, you can gain valuable insight into the legal avenues available to pursue compensation for your injuries.

At Burnside Law Firm, we have a proven track record of success in handling medical malpractice claims stemming from failures in infection detection and treatment. Our dedicated legal team possesses the requisite expertise and resources to thoroughly investigate your case, identify instances of negligence or substandard care, and pursue the compensation you deserve for your losses and suffering. We recognize the profound impact that medical errors can have on individuals and their families, and we are committed to fighting tirelessly on your behalf to hold responsible parties accountable.

Contact Burnside Law Firm in Athens or Augusta, Georgia

Don’t wait to assert your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve for the harm you have endured. Contact Burnside Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation and take the first step toward seeking accountability and securing the compensation and closure you need to move forward.

During your free consultation, our attorneys will take the time to listen to your story, assess the merits of your case and provide personalized guidance tailored to your unique circumstances. Whether you have experienced complications from a missed diagnosis, delayed treatment or improper management of an infection, we are prepared to leverage our legal acumen and advocacy skills to seek justice and financial recovery on your behalf.

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Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor is an experienced trial attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. At the Burnside Law Firm, Robert devotes his practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness and represents those who have been injured in automobile collisions or tractor-trailer accidents; because of a slip and fall; and in other general negligence actions.

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Ashton is a trial lawyer in Augusta, GA who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or damages due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others, including automobile wrecks, job-related accidents, unsafe premises, or defective
products. Before beginning his practice, Ashton obtained his J.D., at Emory University School of Law, where he gained valuable courtroom experience as an intern assisting the District Attorney for DeKalb
County. After his time at Emory, Ashton received experience as a trial attorney at a respected personal injury firm in Atlanta before moving to Augusta. Over the course of his career, Ashton has assisted deserving clients in recovering millions of dollars in injury cases throughout Georgia.

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    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320


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    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264